Finishing the Blanket for Tia Coleman

By Ann Shayne
October 10, 2018

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  • Beautiful blanket, beautiful hearts …..

  • What an honour this was to be a part of – and the finished blanket looks wonderful!! Thank you Ann and well done everybody! xxx

  • A wonderful piece of love.

  • Tangible evidence that the world is filled with good people who care about each other. Thank you for the constant reminders of this each day. This is so much more than just another knitting blog.

    • Exactly!

    • Oh how true this is… especially good to remember in these dark times we live in

    • Amen. And the blanket is beautiful.

    • ❤️❤️

  • An honor indeed to be part of this! I think I saw my square! It is a beautiful testament to the connectedness of knitters hearts everywhere! Blessings to Tia, love to all knitters

  • Thank you for making the world a more caring place. This is a beautiful blanket which I hope Tia will find comfort in. And thanks for your tutorial in how you out it all together!

  • Ann. I almost cannot take how powerful this is.

    Also, YOU ARE A FLIPPING GENIUS with the idea to join up those free-floating, unseamed squares with three seams, and then running three more long seams across those seams.

    R E S P E C T

    • Having soldiered through weaving in about 200 ends recently seaming together a 5 X 6 square nightmare, I agree this sounds like a wonderfully simple and clever solution. But I’m having trouble envisioning what to do at the corners. That is, when you are working your way across your strips (say, horizontally) and you come across one of the original (vertical) seams. Have those 2 picked up sts and the BO that joins them disappeared completely so you BO right over them? Or should you somehow pick up a st (or 2?) from them as you pass through in stage 1, then BO them together at stage 2?

      • Such a good question! Basically, I just jumped over the seam and kept binding off. You need to add a little slack over those two seam stitches so it doesn’t get all pinchy. I got better at it as I went.

        • Thanks – now I can’t wait to do another blanket!

    • And that (very NOT) crap drawing was perfect! I totally understood what you meant from your illustration!

    • Another Amen! That chart is worthy of a MacArthur.

  • Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Dear Ann,
    What an amazing and beautiful testament to the good in our community. Thank you for pulling us together to lift Tia up.

    PS Hooray for the brilliant finishing tutorial!

  • What a beautiful piece of writing. Your description of the mixture of empathy, generosity, skill and gentle humour that has resulted in such a lovely blanket is a pleasure to read.
    Hopefully this blanket will bring a little warmth into Tia’s life.

  • Very clever, Ann. The finished blanket looks fab! The illustration really helps. But I have a question: if I understand correctly you seemed the squares in one direction, then turned the thing and seemed in the other direction, making six seams. But how did you avoid lumps and humps where one three needle bind off passed over the bind offs going in the other direction? Understand my question?

    • Such a good question! Basically, I just jumped over the seam and kept binding off. You need to add a little slack over those two seam stitches so it doesn’t get all pinchy. I got better at it as I went.

  • This whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. Thank you, Ann, for allowing me to contribute.

  • What a beautiful and warming gift. So glad you could organize such a worthy cause. Bless her and give her strength. Bless you and the ones who contributed.

  • Just beautiful!

  • Thank you Ann for bringing us together for this project. Truly an honor. I will continue to keep Tia in my thoughts. xx

  • Beautiful in so many ways!

  • Beautiful blanket. I can’t help but think there are going to be a whole lot of people in northern Florida/panhandle area that are going to need a whole lot of help, love, and support after this awful nightmare storm Michael gets on out of here today. I have family in harms way. Please if you would pray for there safety.

    • My thoughts and prayers are with all in the path of Hurricane Michael; Florida panhandle, Georgia, Carolinas

  • This is so beautiful. I could feel the love and prayers that went into each stitch. Thank you for sharing this. May Tia be blessed by all of the Love and Light you have shared.

  • So much love and kindness here, in a time that feels so dark.

  • Absolutely beautiful blanket that will hopefully bring her some comfort.

  • Such a beautiful blanket, with love in every stitch. And a brilliant stitching together, of blanket squares and lives. Thank you Ann, for dreaming this into being.

  • So much ❤️ for this, everything, everything! And so glad to be a part of the team blanketeering wave which followed this. Delightful to connect with such a fine group of knitters and, most importantly, people.

  • What a thing of beauty, both the finished blanket and the knitters who contributed.
    Some powerful love and it shows!!

  • i would like to make a square. the group i signed up for I never heard from them. please include me in the next blanket project. thank you

  • What a gorgeous creation! And all the more beautiful for all the love knitted into it. I hope Tia Coleman feels wrapped in a comforting hug – from all of us.

  • Wow!!! Very impressed with the beautiful job you did joining. Thank you for sharing your instructions.

  • Can you remind which of your books this pattern is in? I think it must one of the ones I do not (yet) own.

  • Wow, I wish I had thought of that when I sewed up my last blanket.
    What a gorgeous gift filled with love.

  • It’s so good. So much good. But I would have TOTALLY picked up a Susan Bates crochet hook and hooked it. But it’s kind of better with the knitting, innit?

  • Not sure I would ever be organized enough to lead a blanket but thinking there are thousands of hurricane victims that will need blankets. We could start with the babies and go small and fast. Not to mention that all mommies and daddies would want us to start with the babies.

  • Ir Is very Beautiful!!!

  • This is gorgeous, and the finish is genius. The first time I read this, I had no idea what was going on. Looking at it again today, I think I understand (aside from trifling details like how to do 3-needle bind-off, and how to do the edging, both of which I’m sure I can find details on elsewhere).

    Thank you for offering a satisfying challenge to the brain as well as soothing solace to the spirit.