Cecelia Campochiaro’s Color Explosion Throw looks to be a crowd favorite in the newly hatched MDK Marlalong. Everybody’s climbing on the bandwagon, whether with our bundle of Felted Tweed (just back in stock right here) or with combinations coming from stash.
For me, I blasted through the four strips, so it’s time to sew them into one big ol’ marlfest. Let’s review some of the basics of What It Takes To Sew Up A Blanket.
Get a table. I cannot stress this enough. Don’t try to do this while watching, say, Season 2 of Succession. Just commit to the joy of making a gigantic thing.
Arrange your strips as you like. Just because the pattern says to make the strips in a certain order doesn’t mean you have to assemble them in that order. In my throw, there are a few blocks that are super dark.
I did not want superdarks to line up next to each other, so I moved one of the strips to avoid this. Nobody knows or cares but you, and you care desperately, so feel free to edit.
Block before you sew. Here’s what my strips looked like before I gave them a long soak in the bathtub, using Soak of course.
Here’s the after.
So relaxed, so tidy. I didn’t use any hardcore blocking stuff like wires and pins. I just laid the strips out and let them be.
Enjoy the ride. The selvedge stitch edges on these strips means it’s really easy to pick up the stitches. Thanks, Cecelia! You just count to nine for each color block, and before you know it, you’ve got them all picked up.
See the two edges with their stitches all set up for binding off?
At this point the bindoff begins: put the third needle through the first stitch on each of the two needles, knitwise, then knit the two stitches together. Work another stitch this way, which makes for two stitches on the right needle. Next: Bind off one stitch from the right needle, leaving one stitch on the right needle. Work another of those knit-through-both-stitches situations, which puts a second stitch on the right needle, then bind off. Do this 162 times, and what do you know! You made a long awesome seam!
Here’s a video tutorial from Jen Arnall-Culliford that gives you a good view of this magnificent maneuver.
Cecelia gives a link in Field Guide No. 19: Marls for an elegant alternate technique to work the three-needle bindoff. I went with my tried-and-true method, which tips the bindoff to one side. I don’t mind this.
When I’m done, I’ll use the tail of my seam to snug up that little gap at the edge of the blanket.
It’s such a satisfying thing to work this three-needle bind off. You could just mattress stitch these, but the seam is such a great detail.
Pondering whether to do an attached i-cord edging all the way around. Probably not in this case.
Cheers, everybody! I’m looking forward to my next two seams.