Blocking a circular blanket part 1: the how

How to do it is the question.

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1. Cat lives here. I'm not keen about blocking on a low horizontal surface where he can have a heyday on it.
2. It's big. I'm afraid our double bed is not large enough, nor is any floor space we have even if Cat did not have a proclivity to resting on knits. Even if it did fit on the bed, I doubt the worsted weight yarn would dry in time for us to be able to use the bed again.
3. It needs tension. Right now it looks like a saggy breast when held up.

My thought is to build an octagonal PVC blocking frame using 3/4" pipes with a 7-foot diameter. If I'm thinking correctly, I'd need one 4-way join for the center supports, four T joints, and eight 45-degree joints.

Using a nifty Octagon Layout Calculator I found online ( ), I figured out that if each of the octagonal sides were 3 feet long, the diameter would be about 7 feet and 3 inches. Good enough, I say. Then it's a matter of cutting the cross pieces into roughly 3.5-foot segments and fitting everything together with the joints. Cutting is probably the trickiest bit here.

Is that sounding decent? It's been a long time since I played with Legos. Or is there perhaps a better solution for a blocking frame I haven't thought of? I'm not interested in breaking out nails and wood; I attempted carpentry in a past life and was kindly discouraged from continuing with my efforts. Plus I like the thought that I can break down and reassemble the frame as needed without fancy tools, once I've hacksawed everything to the right lengths.


Bill's picture

cover with a protect from cat...
send cat to a spa for a night...

WillyG's picture

The sheet is embarrassingly practical. But Jake is not going away for a night; I don't know if I could sleep without his dead weight to keep my toes warm.


Its BIG. How did you mange to keep all the bulk away while you were knitting? I have to say it took lots of patience and time to complete it. Great job!

WillyG's picture

I don't know how I kept the bulk away while knitting; because I was knitting from the center out, I think the needle cable kept it bunched together like a bag. As for patience, yes. I did it as part of a New Years knitalong, and most of the participants finished by the end of January or February, a few stragglers into March. Then there's me. My friends in the KAL assured me there was no time constraint, so I took them seriously, haha!

smmikkel's picture

I knit while working on the plane. Made me laugh that I'd have to carry an extra roller board just to carry my project around. But then all the female flight attendants would be under the blanket while on the jumpseat since they are always cold.

Good job by the way. I'm looking at doing a bed coverlet at some point. I have the Modern Lace Knitting by Kinzel that I keep dreaming I would use at some point in the future.

Nehkhasi's picture

Extravagantly Beautiful!


CLABBERS's picture

Hi Willy,
WOW....what an accomplishment! Is that your pattern?

I see by your profile that you work with a nursing home. When I was in a rehab center for post-op work, I noticed that the physical therapy rooms and the cafeteria were vacated after about 5 or 6. Perhaps after evening maintenance cleans, you could find some clever way to affix the foam rubber mats to the floor and stretch your blanket out and put a few fans on it. I am not sure how the floor wax would react to that much moisture, but at least there is a large area to lay it out. Perhaps throw down several blankets or a larger comforter first.

Again, beautiful workmanship. Great color. Why do you people make round bed covers?


WillyG's picture

They're for round beds, of course.

Thanks for the idea... I don't know what goes on in my facility after I leave work, and I don't think I could bear to stay longer than I have to. I want my blocking time to be relaxing!