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« on: July 03, 2013 12:48:20 PM »

These two blankets are made of squares that are knitted from the centre out in an eight pointed star.

Long ago my mother-in-law had a small blanket made of knitted star squares that my baby daughter used to sleep under when we went to visit.  My mum-in-law didn't have the pattern for it as someone else had knitted it for her.  I tried to work out the pattern from the blanket and  started making one in three ply for my son when he was a baby.  However I took so long over it that he grew faster than the blanket did and I kept having to knit more squares.  I finally finished it for his 21st birthday -  when I hope he has stopped growing.
The smaller blanket is in double knitting and was my entry in the Novice Knitter category of our Needlecraft Guild annual competition for which the theme was Stars.  It won first prize which means I move up to the Intermediate category for next year's competition.

As you can see, the edging I made up for this blanket was actually rather unsatisfactory.  When I blocked it I was able to get it to lie flat but  otherwise it was much too frilly for the blanket and I'd have done better to just repeat the plain edging I'd done for  my son's blanket.
The original blanket disappeared long ago so I have no way to compare my version with it to see if I got it right.
I attach the patterns for both the three ply and the double knitting squares as pdf documents.  The double knitting one has lots of pictures; the three ply pattern only two. And also a pdf describing the two different knitted edgings.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013 02:04:14 PM »

That is stunning, and lots of hard work and love put into that.  I recently finished a crocheted blanket (wedding gift!) out of 2ply yarn, and it took me  a good 6 months working it on and off... I love the colors of the large blanket..how many squares are there? How big are they? I'm sure your son must treasure this. The lighter color one is divine. Many congratulations on 1st place on that one. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013 10:52:12 PM »

 Thanks johnson.mom2two. The larger blanket is five squares wide and eight long giving a total of forty squares. Each square is 28 to 30 cm wide and uses about 15 to 20 gm of three ply.
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