This time last year I was finishing up my Cavendish throw in Noro Silk Garden. Then I started in right away on my 64 Crayons Blanket. I had never been much of a blanket knitter, but somehow with Noro it was different. Everything is, I suppose. I love having those throws tossed on the couch as if begging me to come snuggle. Now that it's getting cold, I am getting the urge again to knit a Noro blanket.
My friend Dollyce on Ravelry did one that I've loved for a long time. From Kay Gardiner's book Mason Dixon Knitting, it's worked using mitered squares in various colors of Noro with borders of creamy Silk Garden Solo in between. It's so beautiful. Here's a shot of her afthan - it's been favorited some 2300 times.
No wonder, huh? It's spectacular to behold, but it's also terrific to knit.
Here are my top 7 reasons for loving this pattern:
You get to use whatever colors of Noro you like
It's modular, so you can take it with you and work it whenever you have five minutes
It's a simple pattern that you can easily memorize so it's very relaxing
Each square has its own completion reward - you get that little thrill each time you do a square
You work a double decrease every other row, so the knitting accelerates as you go
You pick up and knit each color, rather than seaming each little square.
It's totally spectacular, and you will be so proud to say, yeah, I made that!
I'm going to get started on it this Saturday, November 5th. Come join me! We'll start at 2, but come a little early so you can pick out the colors you like. If choosing colors is hard for you, no worries -- I'll help -- that's my favorite part! Can't wait to get my colors going --I'm super jazzed! See you then!
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