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« on: April 21, 2011 03:01:38 PM »

I bet when you saw the thumbnail for this one you thought, "how nice, a striped blanket made in the round, ho-hum".


Little did you know (unless, of course, you've been following the WIP Wednesday thread...), this is a special blanket!  I made it by starting from the outside round:




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Here's a close-up of the last round, aka the centre!


I've been playing with this technique for a while, and I've usually been doing the centre round as 4 dc5tog stitches, but this time I thought I'd try a rounded centre with 10 dc2tog stitches. 

I used Bernat Satin for this blanket, but I lost track of how many balls it took - I think it was about 3.5 of each colour, which are Sable and Sage.  The blanket measures approximately 4 feet across. ^_^
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2011 03:07:40 PM »

So awesome!  I love the colors.  Is the center hard to work when you've got the rest of it complete?
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011 03:20:30 PM »

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!  I think the change of plan for the centre round helped!

The trickiest part was the very beginning... 160 dc stitches plus the dc5tog corners.  I was at work when I got them all done and it was time to join the round, and boy did I get a lot of funny looks when I had this long, skinny, noodle-y thing spread out on the table in the break room.

I'm just glad I hadn't gotten to that point on the subway. ^_-
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 04:17:32 PM »

Well done! Beautiful work!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011 06:15:49 PM »

You got it done!!  Awesome job!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011 06:19:31 PM »

Love the color combo, and I'm in awe of the technique!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011 06:30:32 PM »

What a great idea!  Looks amazing.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011 06:37:04 PM »

OMG That is seriously awesome! You have done a lot of work on that blanket and finished it in a timely matter!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2011 12:46:27 PM »

What a cool technique! The finished blanket looks great and I love how you figured out the reverse of the corners- you are so clever!
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011 09:44:26 AM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2011 06:08:55 PM »

I'm really impressed by the method you used, haha. And how nice and straight and even everything looks. Cheesy

(Also, that is one of my favorite color combinations, so instant win!)
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2011 12:38:07 PM »

Such innovative techniques you use...wow--I love the colors but most of all, it must be so gratifying to go from the biggest to the smallest...I love shawls that sort of do the same thing...

Lovely stitches, Mio...you continue to delight and surprise!
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2011 10:54:20 AM »

Very neat!
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2011 01:44:54 PM »

I really like the blanket! Wondering though, is there an advantage to starting from the outside? I've made a blanket exactly like this (change of colors and everything...gotta find a picture,) staring from the middle though, and my favorite part was that it was so mindless.

I saw that you did a granny square outside in too, which looks really cool. How do you do the middle though?

Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2011 03:11:16 PM »

The advantage to starting from the outside, I feel, is that it seems easier to finish.

When I make blankets in the round starting from the middle (and I've made many!), I find it harder to stay motivated the bigger the blanket gets.  Sometimes I even stop sooner than I had originally planned, just because I could!

Working from the outside means getting the super long, hard to do in just one sitting rounds out of the way when you're still super motivated about the project.

Every round gets shorter and shorter to do.

The corners end up being dc5tog instead of 5dc into middle stitch.  For the last round, the very middle, I did a bunch of dc2tog instead of 4 dc5tog. It made it more of a circle, but I'm ok with that. ^_^
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