An Inspiration

Having been inspired by knitting the blocks for the Jason project, and Andy's ongoing LTKA, I have decided to knit an afghan composed of squares. I'm taking as my theme the rocky coast of my homestate, Maine. I'm interested in suggestions anyone might have as to patterns or stitches for the squares that might have a "nautical" feel to them. Also, suggestions as to how I might join the squares together. I'm planning to use my handspun as well as wool yarn from my stash (yes, it's back!). If anyone has any suggestions, I welcome them.


purlyman's picture

Hey Albert - great idea! I found a book called "Ocean Breezes - Knitted Scarves Inspired by the Sea" but I don't see that any libraries in Maine have it. You could ask your local library to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan for you though. Then there's "Nautical Knits for Kids" which I also don't see in any Maine libraries. As far as joining the squares, the only thing I've ever done is the barn raising baby blanket and what I did was leave the last round with "live" stitches - I didn't bind off and just transfered the last round onto a length of yarn - and then used kitchner stitch to join them all together in the end. The pattern for the barn raising quilt uses a different method though, which is described here.
Good luck!!


albert's picture

Thanks, Frank- I'll take a buzz by Amazon and see if they have these books.

mrossnyc's picture

"Fisherman's Sweaters" by Alice Starmore has some nautical designs on some of the sweater patterns (shells, anchors). All of the patterns are textured either with purls on knits and/or cables, so you might find inspiration in that book. I also find Barbara Walker's "Knitting Treasury" books to be a great resource for inspiration when trying to find new stitches to work.

Don't forget about intarsia as an option. With graph paper and colored pencils (or a computer), you can plot out a design pretty easily. If you have Photoshop or another graphic program, that would make it easier. If you want to go that route, send me a message and I'll tell you how.

Regarding joining squares, I've done two afghans that had pieces requiring joining and I crocheted them together. I'd either do that again, or a 3 needle bind off. Bless purly man for doing kitchener stitch on all his blocks, I'm not sure I would have the patience for that.

albert's picture

I'm thinking about crocheting them together, with the crocheting as a design element. This project is evolving in my mind, but at this point it feels more like texture work than color work, but I will see where the breezes waft me.

mrossnyc's picture

Crocheting the squares together would create a nice design element.

mysterJay's picture

Drew Emborsky has a free crochet pattern for joining 12 inch squares called Dudessembly. I think it looks pretty interesting myself, you can find it here, at the bottom of the page.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Albert, since you like ganseys, the option of doing patterns from Thompson's book is viable. (In my humble opinion.) I hate to do squares but crochet to join them is nice. Looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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