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i would really love to start on a blanket i will actually finish! i'm determined to make a big square throw, or possibly even a round one. my problem is i haaaaate granny squares. i'd love to make just a really big square blanket.. but not in granny square style. any suggestions? i've tried to kind of just wing it but my corners end up getting a little bunched or it starts turning wonky.

help! i'm trying to avoid just doing plain colored rows is my dilemma! i want to start in the middle and work the rows around in a similar granny style but not the same stitch. maybe something i can play around with the stitches every other row.. i'm just not experienced enough to really figure it out on my own.

i hope this makes sense! i'd appreciate any advice :)



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Feb. 15th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
how about a log cabin style? you can use simple stitches and a multitude of colors for a lovely throw.
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
ohhh that's lovely.. i've seen these before and actually started one on my own but never knew the name and didn't get very far on it. thank you! i might end up doing one of these.
Feb. 15th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Would a ripple or chevron pattern be any good? That is done in rows rather than centre-out, but with a bit of interest.
Feb. 15th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
What about diagonal checks, like this: http://fantaisiesdeflo.canalblog.com/archives/2011/10/13/22328113.html

It turns out looking like checkerboard but you work it in rows of colors so you don't have to keep switching yarn, and it lends itself nicely to a square shape.
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
i've seen this and it's already on my to-do list :) it's so neat!
Feb. 15th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
This one I just saw on ravelry...it starts in the middle....

Feb. 15th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
This is one that looked like it might be fun if you are wanting squares:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rich-mitered-square-thow (it's free from redheart)

One that I'm looking into doing is something like this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garden-coverlet---bright-flower-throw (which is free from lion) The basic idea here is that you have a motif of some shape and then you just make lots of them, stitch them together, and eventually have a blanket, throw or what-have-you.
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
ohhhh that hexagon blanket!! love it! after posting this i actually looked up how to make a hexagon shape and considered making one just like those.
Feb. 15th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Just curious, what do you mean by your corners end up getting bunched? Were you trying to make a large square or several smaller squares and join them?

If you are looking to make a large square and not sew lots of smaller squares or motifs together there are a few ways to do it that do not use the typical granny square style.

Any square or circle worked from the center out has to start with a circle and then the shape formed with the stitches. So, that usually means starting with a number of stitches divisible by 4. When you start the second row, you will be forming your corners. Forming corners can be done by doubling the number of stitches that would normally go in the space or by doubling the stitches with a chain loop between the two sets of stitches.

Then just stitch each row with the pattern stitch you want to try.

For example:

To start (first row) you can make a magic circle or if you don't know how, chain 5, slip stitch in first chain on hook to form a ring. Chain 2 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring, join. (12 dc)

Second row: Chain 2, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc (corner made)*, repeat from * to * twice more, dc in next 2 dc, dc in same loop as Chain 2, join. (16 dc)

Third row: Chain 2, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc (corner)*, repeat from * to * twice more, dc in next 3 dc, dc in same loop as chain 2, join. (20 dc)

You should now have enough stitches to start doing different patterns. If you find the corners are not defined enough for you then double the stitches 4 dc rather than the 2 dc in each corner. Or 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc.

Changing colours for each different pattern stitch will help to add interest. Make sure the yarn you use is of the same weight and the patterns you use have the same gauge. Otherwise you will find your blanket will be malformed. You might also want to do a row of simple double or single crochet stitches between each pattern row to give you a foundation row for each new pattern stitch.

Another alternative is to make blocks with different stitches. If you do this then make sure the gauge matches so each block is the same size. Some pattern stitches require more or fewer stitches overall.

Or you can do various motifs and join them together either as you complete them or after they are all done.

For your corners, you might find them not being as defined as you like. Blocking the blanket will fix that problem.

Hope I haven't overwhelmed you with this reply. I'm always happy to help explain methods of crocheting so if you need anything clarified or want to know more, just ask.
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
ahhh thank you so much, i can see where i've been going wrong now! by bunched corners i meant it seemed i either had too many or not enough stitches.. now i see i just started the whole thing out the wrong way. i really appreciate this, thank you!
Feb. 16th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm glad I helped.

Please let us know what you decide to do and post pictures when you're finished. We like seeing people finish projects of any size. :)
Feb. 16th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
i will definitely :) i've been meaning to post some projects i've finished on my wordpress and when i do that i will post them here as well!
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