This summer has been unusually warm here in the Northern Adirondacks and while I like keeping busy this heat has been a challenge. No one wants a heavy sweater, scarf or blanket project laying across their lap when it is 100 degrees outside. I thought why not do a big blog of blanket squares? It provides a way to stay busy, uses up the stash, they are a fun way to learn new stitches and when those chilly Fall breezes move in you'll have projects to stitch together.
Word of advice, unless you are doing a join as you go project, tuck in the ends of your squares as you complete them. I was given a bag of squares once and it took me almost as long to tuck in the ends as it did to sew the squares together.
There are literally thousands of square patterns from which to choose out here in the "interweb". From the very basics to the super complex, patterns are popping up every day. Best of all, there are charities that will happily accept your blankets or scarves made from squares including Warm Up America and Northern Adirondack Hats of Hope Initiative.
In this blog... just like many of the other "highlight" blogs I've done, will be a quick overview of both blankets and individual squares that I think my readers will find interesting! Let's get started with blankets made of squares.
There are such a mixture of great blankets from blanket that are one large square to blankets that are small squares sewn together. I'm really making an effort at using up the yarn I have in stock. Not buying new yarn unless it is for a customer. These square blankets allow me to use up yarn in a cute or stylish way. What about you? Are you on a "yarn diet?" (no new yarn until you use up what you have) Check some of these blankets out.
Individual squares are the perfect carry along project and they are so flexible. They can be made into a scarf, cowl, shawl, blanket, even home decor like a table runner. Some of the new squares on the block (sorry couldn't resist) are stunning. I'll list some sites here that have multiple square/block patterns for projects you might want to create this Summer.
The Spruce shares a collection of 35 afghan Squares from 3 inch to 12 inches, a square for every need.
Once upon a time I made quite a few of these pillowghans. Here's a free pattern from Sonoran Crafting, see what you think... they are quite handy!
Thanks for joining me today on the blog. I think you all will enjoy at least looking through these collections! It's fun to browse! :) Thank you to today's designers!
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