The Summer Squares Suite is a group project that will span the summer of 2009, with weekly installments. Each week will include a new and original chart, usually for a square. Each square is 50 stitches wide and 100 rows long. There will be at least 10 squares presented, and probably more. There will be at least three borders and at least five edges sprinkled throughout the summer. Several finished pieces will be shared, with full directions. Many modifications will be possible. Finished projects will include a square shawl or baby blanket, a stole and several larger square variations, including a full blanket. Other project ideas will include a poncho and a modified triangle. Extensive technique discussion will ensue...
The materials are variable and will depend on the finished project you want to make and the gauge you choose to work at. I suggest you decide what weight you feel like working at and knit the first square using the yarn you select. Block and measure your square. Based on the size of your square and the project you want to make, you can decide:
1) How many squares you want to knit
2) How much yarn you will need
As an example, I want to make a blanket that is about 48 inches wide and 60 inches long. I make one square in the yarn that I like. My finished square blocks to a 12 inch square. I know I will make my blanket 4 squares wide and 5 squares long, so I need to knit 20 squares in this particular yarn. I weigh my first square and see that it weighs one ounce. I now know that I will need 20 ounces of this yarn for the squares, plus more for the border and edging. There will be several choices for borders and edgings. Some will use only a few ounces of yarn and others will use much more.
Fiber, gauge and color choices are totally up to each knitter. For my main project (a blanket) I will be using a silk/cotton 3/20 (1100 yards in 150 grams) yarn from Colormart. I will be using US 1 needles and will be working at a gauge of about 5 stitches to the inch, blocked. My blocked squares will be about 11x11 inches. I got myself several colors that work well together, and I will be knitting squares in 2-3 colors, and using yet another color for my borders and edging. With these materials, my blanket will be very light. You can follow my lead or do something totally different. You can even combined different yarns, as long as they get the same gauge. At my gauge, I am going to need to make a bunch of squares, and probably more than one of each square design. If you work at a larger gauge or make a smaller project, you won’t need to make as many squares. You can also make one square into a pillow cover if you choose. Aside from my blanket, I will also make several other smaller projects with the squares over the course of our time together, using a variety of yarns and a few beads for good measure. I will share all the details as we work through the summer.
Beads are not a critical part of this project. I will include bead placements in some of the charts, but will not be using beads on my blanket. I will use beads on other ‘side’ projects that I do. If you want to include beads in your project, you will need beads in a size that will fit on the yarn you select, and a crochet hook that fits through the hole of your beads.
Other materials you might want
Blocking wires and t-pins
A yarn needle to weave ends
A crochet hook to join your squares if you use that technique
(There will be more than one technique option for joining squares.)
A highlighter to keep your place on each chart
Smooth waste yarn
Summer Squares Suite 2009 Knit Together
If you are joining this project to participate in our Summer 2009 Knit Together, plan on a long materials discussion and strategy session before we start on the first square. If you are purchasing The Summer Squares Project at a later date (after Fall 2009,) there will be a list of finished projects, along with gauge and yarn details.
Are you intrigued?
The pictures above are of my first piece for the project and includes a center square, a border and an edging, just to give you a feeling for what I have in store! I call it The Golden Eye. It is knit with 880 yards of lace weight alpaca, size 8 gold luster seed beads from Miyuki along the edging, and measures 43 inches square. It can easily be made larger. The pattern will be the first one that I share with my Summer Squares group.