Some Assembly Required

Two of our Purl Jammers, Kate and Marissa, are pregnant and due in July, only 2 days apart! In celebration of their babies-to-be, members of Purl Jam and the San Francisco one-sock-a-month group banded together to play a cruel joke on them involving 25 mitered garter squares in 4 colors each (oh that knitting humor!). After 3 months of secret knitting, we had 50 squares made by 20 different knitters. And so, we invited them to a party. Little did they suspect!

The Unsuspecting Victims

We gave them the squares with blanket assembly instructions! Here they are, doing a great job of pretending to be happy with their Make-Your-Own-Blanket kits:

Blanket Assembly Instructions

But it turns out, that we aren’t as mean (or funny) as I’d like us to be. Or you could say that the joke is on us because the instructions were:

  • arrange the squares into a 5 x 5 blanket
  • label with enclosed tags
  • select a border color
  • return to your friends for finishing
  • have baby (and get your blanket)
  • Needless to say, they were pretty relieved to find out that they didn’t have to seam the blankets themselves. The arranging was fun though.

    Black, Gray, Army Green, and Misty Olive

    Pumpkin, Daffodil, Baby Denim and Blue Velvet

    It’s very exciting to see the squares coming together as a blanket. The squares are mitered garter squares knit from the outside-in from Cascade 220 Superwash. Jessica designed the squares (pattern available soon) and is currently working out the seaming and border instructions. And now, we have a month to do the seaming and add borders in dark green and dark blue. Let’s hope that the babies aren’t born early!

    Mitered Garter Squares

    Ready for Seaming

    As a bonus gift, Elizabeth and I made matching baby cardigans out of the leftover yarn using the Little Coffee Bean pattern by Elizabeth Smith available for free on her blog, The Brown Stitch . These wee sweaters (size 3 months, ~40g for ribbing and button bands and ~60g total for striped body) were fast and fun to knit. And no seams!

    Matchy Matchy Cardigans

    – Reported by Tracey, who hates seaming and bananas.


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    2 Responses to Some Assembly Required

    1. apocaknits says:

      I get the seaming but why bananas?

    2. Pingback: Done and Done | Purl Jam SF

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