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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 72

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This lace collar could be made as described, or could be made into a shawl.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 72

This week, I chat with Sandy Terp, share a lace pattern she gave me to give to you, and round up patterns you could use if you want to help tornado victims.

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For those of you who already read the Crafty Living blog, this will be a little repetitious. I'm sorry about that, but I really want to get this message to as many people as possible.

More information is here.

They are asking for complete blankets, of any size and any type, as long as they are machine washable. Here's a list of patterns you could use to make blanket squares.

Ten-Inch Sailor's Rib Dish/Wash/Anycloth

Square Short-Row Wash/Dish/Anycloth (garter-stitch based)

Super-Quick 10" Washcloth

Ten by Ten Dish/Wash/Anycloth (garter-stitch based)

Thirty to Ten Wash/Dish/Anycloth (garter-stitch based)

WSRS Short-Row Wash/Dish/Anycloth (garter-stitch based)

These all make squares that are about 10" by 10". Baby blankets are usually about 40" square, so you would need 16 squares. A blanket for a child, or a lap blanket for an adult might be 40" by 50", so you would make 20 squares for that one. A twin-bed-sized blanket is about 50" by 70", which would take 35 squares. A blanket for a double bed needs to be about 60" by 90", requiring 54 squares.

The deadline for the project is June 15. I think I will leave a few days leeway in there for shipping and seaming, so let's say you have an internal deadline of June 10th to finish knitting. If your knitting group meets every week, you'll meet about 4 times between then and now. A group of 10 knitters could complete one of the largest blankets if each knitter makes just under one and a half squares each, every week.

If each knitter makes one square a week, your group could make two and a half baby blankets in a month. My group tends to average 5 knitters every week, so we could make a child's blanket.


My chat this week is with the lovely Sandy Terp, a master of lace knitting. She was very gracious to talk with me, and also shared a lace pattern of her own. It's for a lace collar, but the techniques involved could be used to make a shawl, a baby blanket, or, really, anything your heart desires.