I’ve always thought that there are two kinds of knitters in the world. Process knitters love to knit, no matter what. All they need to hear is the clicking of the needles. It doesn’t matter if they’ve knitted the same pattern a dozen times before. They just love to knit. Project knitters like to see completed projects. They see a pattern, and the mind immediately goes to “Yes, I want THAT project!” They can’t be bothered to knit the same pattern again unless they truly want a duplicate (or near duplicate) product.
I’ve known for a long time that I’m a product knitter. My love of stuffies and the way I feel when I finish their faces and see them come alive told me that. However, I’ve never been so sure of it as I am now.
When I saw “Equal Parts”, all I could see was that it looked like the perfect project for the recipient. I didn’t bother to consider little things like how long it would take to complete the project, how enjoyable the knitting would be, or anything else for that matter.
However, as the months dragged on, I started doing the mental work that I should have done before I started.
Each square averages 66 stitches by 66 rows. That’s over 4000 stitches per square.
Each square is bordered by 5 rows. Add another 1,300 stitches or so per square.
There are twelve squares. Multiply 4300 times 12. That’s over 50,000 stitches.
The twelve squares are bound together and then bordered by another 5 rows. Add on another few thousand stitches.
Sigh. And to make it even happier, it’s almost all garter stitch. And mostly brown on brown.
Although projects like this are not the most exciting, the big pay-off comes when the project is finished. As I cast off that last stitch and wove in the last tails, I was ready to dance around the room.
Whoo hoo! It’s done! It’s done!
While the actual experience of knitting it wasn’t all that pleasant (and was, at some times, downright mind-numbing), I must admit that there’s no feeling like the one that comes after completing a project of this size! I spent three months knitting mostly this. (I took a short diversion for a couple stuffies. I NEEDED a finished project BAD!) But I got through it, and, while it’s not perfect, I’ve been assured by quite a few people that it’s gorgeous and that the recipient is going to be one lucky baby.
A few specifics:
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish DK
- Nutmeg (light brown) – 316g
- Merlot Heather (dark brown/wine) – 418g
- Skybourne (blue) – 245g
The yarn was a joy to work with, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it for another project. However, I noticed something really odd. Although the yarn was labeled as 50g skeins, every single one that I used was between 47 and 49 g. NONE were 50g (or more). I wrote KnitPicks about this, and they replied that there are small variations in weight that make some skeins a little under. I’d buy that, except that I used 21 skeins, and none were the advertised weight. It’s a tad annoying, but not so much that I think I’ve been robbed blind. It just tells me that I need to make sure to order an extra skein if I think I’m going to be close on yardage.
The pattern contains directions for two sizes. I used size 5 needles and the smaller stitch counts (thank almighty God for that one!). The finished size for the project came out to be 35″ x 48″ unblocked.
I’m actually not going to do aggressive blocking on this one. It’s going to be used and washed, and I’m sure that the mom won’t want to block it every time. Fortunately, even unblocked, it came out looking nearly perfect!
The only issue now? Although the Little Grump doesn’t like brown all that much, she has fallen in love with the blanket. She says it’s cozy and snuggly and warm. How on earth will I get it away from her?