Leave a Comment

  • Lovely and oh-so-impressive! That’s quite a commitment! I love the beach pics!

  • Abolutely gorgeous, Kay. I have never made a blanket bigger than a baby’s crib, so I am in awe.
    So much garter.
    The girls are lovely too. Growing up nicely, aren’t they?

  • Great blanket. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Is it difficult to get sand out of hand knits that visit the beach??

  • That last photo is as lovely as anything I’ve ever seen in a quilting book, and lovelier than many photos I’ve seen in arty “coffee table” books. Fabulous. You should find someplace to publish it, even if it’s only on the wall in your own den. Nicely done.

  • handsome!!! please don’t part with it! i never would have guessed whip stitch. i was convinced that you used the 3-needle bind off. absolute perfection!

  • Kay that is gargeous, gargeous, gargeous. You have such a talent for the colors and arrangement. The photography is beyoutiful too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Repeat after me: there is no such thing as too many photos. Of anything. Especially if it’s handknit. And at the beach.
    Maybe you can get Ann to write that out in her new fancy-pants lettering?

  • Gorgeous! Our poor kids… the ways we torture them… I think you certainly deserve to take as many photos as you like! I’m just trying to knit a baby blanket and it’s taking FO-EVAH! I bow to your log cabin speed!

  • The blanket is beautiful, and not for the first time do I wish I had your color sense!

  • I could look at pictures of it all day– never too many pictures! Beautiful.

  • The blanket is just lovely, as is the backdrop – beach works with everything, and you can’t have too many pictures…
    someone already asked, but did you get sand in the blanket?

  • Really, now, what do you need me for? Very nice.

  • Really gorgeous blanket, Kay. I think I’m going to have to use all my cotton scraps and work on one of these as a really long-term project.

  • “In other words: Blue, Orange, Green, Green, Green, White, White, White and White. That’s all you truly need to know”…. Who needs Keats when you’ve got Kay? (Beautiful blanket, Kay. Truly.)

  • Another example of “can’t get enough of a good thing”. Just think of how many words all of those gorgeous pictures saved you!
    And I have to say that your way of making a rule and following it until you don’t is my kinda rule.

  • A Masterpiece!! That wasn’t lying directly ON the sand, was it???? I love the photography but I find myself wanting to scream at the models, “Don’t let that touch the water!
    Don’t let that touch the sand!” Please tell me it’s not meant to be a beach blanket!

  • I can’t decide which is more lovely – the blanket or the photos. That blanket is a total masterpiece, in an aw-shucks, hardworking sort of way. I love it!

  • That’s it. I need to cut off my internet access.
    I’ve visited three blogs today and have added 3 BIG projects to my “cast on tomorrow” list.
    (by the way – That is a beautiful blanket.)

  • I love how you give recipes, which gives us room to change it up as we like.
    Just went to Knitpicks to buy your book, and yarn, and it’s sold out of M-D Knitting. I guess this is a sign that I should go look through my stash first.

  • I love how you give recipes, which gives us room to change it up as we like.
    Just went to Knitpicks to buy your book, and yarn, and it’s sold out of M-D Knitting. I guess this is a sign that I should go look through my stash first.

  • So summery, that blanky. It looks homemade in the best possible way. Nothing in the world but a human could have made it, and that’s what I think is so great about all this handknitting.

  • So much love for this blanket!

  • So pretty!!! I would love to be sitting on the beach right now.

  • Beautiful blanket. And the beach looks mighty nice too.

  • Kay…what a fabulous blanket! You are the “Goddess of Blankets!” I still longingly look at your mitered square blanket. By chance, did you ever come across the Tahki Cotton Classic color that you used on your earlier silvery grey/peach/brown blanket?
    I always get inspired by your creations….Sylvia

  • Absolutely stunning!

  • The girls are so funny! I think Carrie may take after her Mum.

  • What a fun, fun blanket! It’s so summery with the white yet I love those pops of color. I can’t imagine allowing something that special to lay (lie?) on the sand, though. I’d be having heart palpitations.

  • This is such a fun blanket. I think I’ll have to start something like this when I finally finish my miters.

  • So pretty. For some reason, the colors remind me of a martini olive with the pimiento in it. But that’s just me.

  • I love this photo shoot sooooo much.
    It makes me want to knit the blanket.
    Thank you for sharing the pattern.
    This is just a really special knit blog!

  • The blanket is quite lovely and I do adore a blanket as cape photo. Love it, love it.

  • Indeed, it does look like a martini with a pimiento-stuffed olive! And the girls, the beach, and the pictures are beatiful too.

  • . . . beautiful, not beatiful. . .

  • Many, many thanks for going to all the trouble to record your work. The color play of this blanket is magnificent, and I confess I wanted to reproduce it the minute I saw it. Except really, it oughta be hangin’ in a museum at some point in its life. It’s a unique beauty, and I loved all the photos.

  • Do you always bind off along the edge when log cabin-ing? I did a baby blankie a couple of months ago and when the strip was the right length, I would just put the stitches on a scrap piece of yarn, and then put them back on my needle when I got around to that side of the square again. (And picking up stitches on the ends of the other strips.)
    Your blanket is stunning. I’ve got a break from baby blanket making for the time being, but I’m sure my friends will start up again soon!

  • Oh. My. Gosh. I absolutely *love* it!

  • I just love the blanket! So modern looking and yet so traditional! Maybe I’ll have to get my blanket mojo back on… I wonder how many people the Pacific can hold? (358 capacity? Too funny!)

  • dear kay
    handsome is the word that came to me
    the blanket is just handsome
    thank you for the write up
    so many ways to use the pattern
    could you share some time how
    you set up for camera work
    i need to go finish knitting my box of cereal

  • Love that last photo the most, but I think I love the overheard conversation more!!!!! I really really love this. What’s the next blanket?

  • Wow, thank you. I wish for a time when I can make something like this. And I commend you for a gorgeous blanket.

  • Thanks so much for the detailed instructions – I’ve been impatiently waiting for them since I first saw the blanket. I’ve got lots of wool here to make my own – burgundy, purple, blue, blue with cream edging. It’s ok to make it in wool, right???

  • My favorite part of the recipe was when you said, “follow the same color sequence (except when you don’t feel like it).”
    That is the secret to success for the whole M-D philosophy, I think.

  • inspiring! coming from knitter that has been lacking inspiration of late! My knitting mojo is just starting to return after a near 5 month absence!

  • Fantastic blanket and lovely pictures – I love the flashes of different colours.
    I wonder if the 358 rule applies on both sides of the Atlantic…

  • “For all types of squares, you follow the same color sequence (except when you don’t feel like it).”
    That’s my kind of directive!
    Beautiful blaket – a treat for the eye.
    Models: GREAT JOB!!!

  • It’s beautiful, Kay. Worth every photo.

  • I think the Manhattan weather was conspiring to force you to the blanket’s natural environment for the photo shoot; the colors and composition just scream “summer house!” (In a good, running through summer in bare feet kind of way.)

  • Have I ever told you how much you make me wanna quit my job and just knit? Really. Completely. Fantastic. I love the way you photographed this on the beach and all. Me living 5 miles from one and haven’t set foot on it in years. I love this blanket!!!

  • Oh, beautiful!

  • Thank you for posting the recipe and the wonderful photos. Now I want to knit one AND quilt one.
    You have forwarded the photos to Denise Schmidt, haven’t you?

  • The blanket is absolutely beautiful and the pictures are great. I can almost feel the sun on my face. What a perfect setting and what lovely (and growing quickly) models!
    Now I want to ditch my Noro log cabin and start one of these. Like right now.

  • wonderful wonderful X zillions. thanks- now I can make one for a grandchild- great and beautiful job. I am so glad you shared the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you M-D K for inspiring me yet again, and for spreading some sunshine across the pond (limited access only – so does that mean there’s a booking system?) to a rainy windswept England. And as for that last photo, Rowan – eat your heart out!

  • I have a quibble. Why do we stop thinking of things (landmarks, whatever) by the lake after step 3?!?
    And also, I really really really like the multicolor applied i-cord edging. I don’t know if I could ever bring myself to do it–god, I’m awful, if you saw my Baby Moderne, well, I never did any kind of edging on it! but I love yours.
    (here’s that baby moderne: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crankyisgood/172056856/)

  • Love the blanket, love the pictures – can you have too many photos taken at the beach? I think not!

  • Beautiful, Kay. Makes me feel better about my random colours in my barbara walker blanket for my niece. MUST MAKE BLANKET.

  • Wow. That’s impressive. And reaaaallly (or rilly) tempting. Think what that would be like in wool. Maybe even Malabrigo. OK, maybe not in August, but February? *swoon*

  • Wow. That’s impressive. And reaaaallly (or rilly) tempting. Think what that would be like in wool. Maybe even Malabrigo. OK, maybe not in August, but February? *swoon*

  • So impressive I clicked on Post twice.

  • B-u-tee-ful!! With a CAPITAL B!

  • Loved the mixtuere of whites. I want to second the comment mady be Abby earlier. I’d love an explanation as to the pros and cons of binding off each color block as versus using yarn to hold the live stitches.
    I’m currently working on the Moderne Baby Blanket. And picking up the stiches from the bound off edge is my least task and the cause for significant pauses in the action. So two nights ago when finsihing the latest color block I didn’t bind off but did thread yarn through the stitches.
    PS. There can never be too many photos if one is combining knitting and beach scenes.

  • chiming in with my love for that last photo. i can hear the gulls!! gorgeous blanket, kay.

  • So gorgeous and perfect. You really have an eye.

  • What a great blanket… there can never be enough photos! You are a true artist!

  • It’s absolutely beautiful. I love the simplicity of it, the minimalism. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Thanks for not only showing it to us but also showing us how to do it ourselves. I can hardly wait to try something like that (which I never would have figured out on my own). So thank you thank you!!

  • Didn’t have time to read whole post or pattern right now but I had to take the time to say that the photo of shadow of the couple holding hands falling onto the blanket is inspired. I would actually pay real money for an enlarged print of same. Good eye, good creativity, good work!!

  • WOW!

  • That blanket is gorgeous! I liked it so much, I ran out after work and got your book (finally) and a double armload of cotton yarn and began my own.

  • Lovely blanket! What a lot of work. I’m knitting a mitred square crib-size blankie that’s taking an eternity…
    Excellent usage of the word “oddments”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow ~ That blanket is really beautiful. Really. Simply perfect. You have a real eye for color. Just splendid. I think you’ve just inspired me to knit a log cabin blanket!

  • TRULY A WORK OF ART THAT BLANKET IS! The kidlings are cute too!

  • Beauty at the intersection of persevernce and spontaneity.

  • I am also a Denyse Schmidt fan. When I talk about her quilts, my mom/knitting teacher says something like, “That’s nice, dear…maybe it could give you ideas for knitting one.” My reply was usually, “THAT WOULD TAKE TWENTY YEARS!!” Thanks for proving me wrong. And thanks for doing it so I don’t have to. It looks absolutely beautiful, by the way.
    Maybe I could try just one block…

  • “Blue, Orange, Green, Green, Green, White, White, White and White.” Can we put it to song? Maybe with a bouncing ball to guide us. Alternately, we could try a mnemonic device — But Oh Good God Gail, Why Wait With Whitey?
    It’s lovely. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Do you still see the comments when they’re on a post this old? I went searching for this, as it’s time for a new pool project ~ Wee C’s joined the swim team! Miters were great fun in ’06 but I think I’ll log cabin in ’08. I’ve augmented that same stash of Reynolds Saucy . . . not yet sure what my color “chant” will be!

  • How did I miss this post from last summer? I just surfed up to it and I can tell from your blanket shooting endurance levels I rubbed off a little on you. Carrie must hate me.
    and PS I LOVE that blanket. This must have posted when I was on vacation in the wild west last summer and my laptop broke.

  • I love it!,, Just enough instruction to be inspiring and encouraging.
    Thinking of pale grey as the neutral to balance some hot colors. Be still my heart. Your Beach setting is my childhood home……sigh

  • Wonderful chronology of this project. I’ll keep it in mind as I attempt it.

  • Really beautiful! I will be making a blanket for my son in the Missouri University colors. 26.5 years ago he was born there and he wanted a blanket and I so wanted to make it for him. I have off white, black and gold wool for the colors. I might knit all strands together to make a sturdy man’s blanket.