The Schuyler Blanket Project

bringing comfort to bereaved parents one square at a time

Tips and Tricks December 11, 2009

The following are some tips for making sure your squares will help make a long lasting, beautiful blanket.

1. Check your gauge and measure carefully. While we realize it’s nearly impossible that each square will be exactly the same size, the closer you can get it to the requested size, the better.  A squares that is 7.5″ x 8.25″ can be blocked to fit a blanket requiring 8″x8″ squares. A square that is 9″x10″ cannot.

2. Please knit or crochet to an appropriate gauge for your yarn. While it is faster to work to a loose gauge, it does not create a sturdy fabric that will hold its shape well within the structure of a blanket. Likewise, squares knit in garter stitch are not a good choice either because they stretch out of shape so easily.

3. A tidy edge will help the sponsors very much when it comes time to sew the squares together. Garter or seed stitch borders can help if your pattern is stockinette based.

4. If you do not weave your ends in, please leave at least 6″ tails so that the sponsor can weave them in.

5. Please consider using yarns that can be blocked easily such as superwash wools and cotton. Acrylic, while washable, does not block well and is, therefore, harder to block to size.

Thank you!