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June 01, 2006

Still At It...


Seriously, this is too much fun.  If you have yet to try your hand at knitting a log cabin patch, grab your needles, some scrap yarn, and get cracking.  Short rows are a great way to add curves and improvisation to your patch.  Do you think I could make a quilt -- I mean a real quilt with batting and all -- out of knit squares?  nona's been hip-no-tized by the log cabin and may not be thinking straight.

June 1, 2006 in Improvisational Knitting | Permalink

Comments

The curvy, crazy log cabin square looks like lots of fun, and I love the idea of a quilt made out of knitted squares.

Posted by: Liz | Jun 2, 2006 12:14:44 AM

It would be a very warm quilt!

Posted by: Erika | Jun 2, 2006 12:16:27 AM

I am entranced - go for the quilt!! Interweave Knits had a little piece about the knitting group who made baby quilts out of their swatches in Summer 2003 and I have been wanting to do something similar since. I think they just used a flannel backing without batting..

Posted by: Sachita | Jun 2, 2006 5:21:20 AM

I love it! It's awesomely funky!

Posted by: Susan | Jun 2, 2006 5:32:03 AM

These are brilliant! I think just sew them together as a blanket. I love the freedom of the designs- they really reflect your Gees Bend inspiration.

Posted by: di | Jun 2, 2006 6:58:13 AM

You'd have to be really careful about the batting . . . some "creep" . . . as in having lint creep through the outer layers and making the quilt look fuzzy. It's bad enough with woven cotton, but with knitted squares? I'd think you'd be better off doing the quilting with an actual blanket in between, rather than batting.

Or, how about this? Make little felt squares, say 1/4" smaller than your knitted squares, out of some cheap wool, and put one under each knitted square before you stitch it to the backing? You'll get the "puff" of quilting, extra warmth, but pure wool . . .

Of course, I think they make wool batting, too....

Posted by: --Deb | Jun 2, 2006 7:50:45 AM

I am dying to make a Log Cabin blanket! I have too many projects in the queue, though, and not enough moolah at the moment. But I do so love the start you've got here. There is something about the MD Knitting book that made me want to outfit every room in the house....

Posted by: Aura | Jun 2, 2006 9:25:38 AM

These really are super-rad. I have plans to quilt a knitted-square blanket for a pregnant friend. Um actually I'd better get on that soon. The squares are all somewhat knitted--group project = non-intentionally wonky squares--but some are unblocked and none are joined in seamed matrimony.

Posted by: Daphne | Jun 2, 2006 9:35:57 AM

Quilt! Quilt! Quilt!

Posted by: Julia | Jun 2, 2006 12:28:31 PM

Great square! Fun colors! Enjoyed your blog.

Posted by: Mama Bear | Jun 4, 2006 4:37:08 AM

my mom took a class from Valentina Devine where they learned how to do that. Mom does this neat thing where she crochets on the surface with her yarn ends.

Posted by: calla | Jun 4, 2006 8:27:18 AM

You would have been proud of me knitting in line while waiting for a dressing room at H&M today. Yuck. What I won't do for a cute daughter. By the way, I need to see the Habu vest live on your person--not sure I'm nuts about it from the pictures here.

Posted by: Penny "no sleeves" | Jun 4, 2006 8:45:43 PM

I think you could line the blanket with felt or fleece or flannel - something with the same type of weight and feel as the knit blanket. But I don't think you could use batting - the fibers will creep. That's why quilts are quilted - keeps the batting in place!

Posted by: stephanie | Jun 15, 2006 5:47:02 PM

..my problem is that when i try to do NOMRMAl knitting- my stuff sometimes comes out like this- all crooked- I do not have a straight line in my head and so to my needles- so my family would just say it is my normal stuff :)

Posted by: kate | Apr 23, 2007 7:46:08 PM

I examined them, because I find what I want to see use. You have ended a four-day long hunt! God bless you man. There is a great day. Goodbye

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