Hello all - What do you think about linking together while we are all separated by covid-19?  

How about a KAS KAL?

What is a KAS KAL?  You ask....... Well........  KAL stands for Knit Along.  It is a time when we are all working in a similar piece of knitting and can ask each other for help, share photos of how we are doing, encourage each other........ and learn how to do some of the KAS patterns as well as using up some of our stash.

I have designed a blanket that we can all work on, one square at a time.  It will be a fun way to learn about Plain Janes, Diagonal Squares, Stripes, Framed Squares and Mitre Squares......all at our own pace, and all explained really simply, with lots of opportunity for anyone to ask for help or clarification as well.

I propose that we start this on May Day and we end it..... when we finish!  

This is suitable for all of us.  That means that some of us, who are

experienced or confident knitters may be able to get through it. 

relatively quickly.  Others who are working from home, juggling

work and kids, or just not very experienced or not very confident

about knitting may want to take a little longer to work through it.    

I hope some of you will feel able to join in - keep your eyes peeled for further information before we start!

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Hi, Jillian ... I'm probably not the person who should be answering this, but I'll take a stab at it anyway, just because I'm here. 

 If you crochet, you can do one (or more) rounds of chain stitch, or do one round of single crochet (double crochet in UK terms) followed by one round of crab stitch (also called reverse single crochet).   If you don't crochet, you could knit on an applied I-cord edging, I believe.

I'll be watching to see what other options people suggest.   It is always good to learn new ways of finishing things, so I'm glad you asked the question.

Thank you Sharon. Unfortunately I cannot crochet and I’m not sure what an applied I-cord is - very new to this type of craft word. However nothing ventured etc etc so I will see what happens once I get the squares sown together!  

If anyone else has any suggestions they would be much appreciated and no5 just by me l’m sure. 

Oh, sorry Jillian, that my advice wasn't too good.   I'm a crocheter first, so that is always what comes to me first.  Plus, for me, crochet is much faster.

I'm barely a beginner at knitting, so I've only read about applied I-cord as an edging, but never tried it.   It just seems to be a favorite among knitters.  I believe that there are YouTube videos that show how to do it.   Maybe I will need to give it a try someday soon.   

I think we need more advice from the real knitters to get a knitted border.  

Good luck with your search.  Keep knitting.

WOW!   Sandra's blanket is a real treat.   I love the bright colors and the variegated yarns, but those hearts in the corners just say it all.   Well done!

Rebecca I've done all my 35 squares now, and thought I'd wait to see your layout suggestion.   I'm working on my ABC, 123 squares just now as I'm host of the next theme, but will keep a look out for your instructions..... Kx

I plan to do a couple of framed squares and add letters or numbers to the inside of the frame........

OK so I think I finally persuaded my wifi to work and worked out how to post the plan I intend to use to sew up my blanket.  Feel free to use the same one or to create your own plan that works best for your colours and patterns!

I am glad someone asked about the edges because I want to ask you all to share your ideas about how you will die your blanket.  I plan to do a couple of rows of (UK) double crochet.

Thanks for this.... I'll have a play around with my squares one afternoon I have the house (and lounge carpet) to myself.    I'm pretty excited to see all the colours and pattern interpretations laid out and finished.   It's been a great challenge.... So much so that I'll probably make another in a few months.   Thanks again Rebecca. Kxx

I am so glad you enjoyed it!  

Yes, another one would be fun.  If you have a book of knitting stitches you could add a few squares of those in to vary things.  Or maybe add in a square or two with a picture or letter or similar.  

I am looking forward to getting started o some framed squares with letters and numbers on!!

Rebecca, I tried to lay out my squares according to your suggestion but my colors seemed to smash into each other ... hahaha  So ... I've done the best I can here, and will leave it up to the experts in S.A. to stitch them together.  I'm sure they will find a layout that will work perfectly - even if they need to toss a few of my squares and add some of yours ... :)))

Thank you sooooo much for taking us on this lovely journey to completing a whole blanket.  I love the patterns you chose and as a result, I have few new ones to add to my pattern collection.

This is what I've come up with and I offer my sincere apologies for my poor photography skills ... xo

Gloria, that looks lovely.  Will you send your layout to South Africa, or just leave it to them?  Well done on completing all the squares and I am really glad to have added a couple of new ones to your repertoire..

Gloria, your blanket looks terrific!   The colors are bright and the patterns really stand out.  Good job.



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