Here's the recipe for making a giant mitered square "blankie" or lap robe:
Finished size 36-40" square for lap
robe or blankie, upsize accordingly for
Bunch of yarn, any weight, any amount (you can use odd balls,
purchased specifically for this project. You can use a single strand or
double. You can use various weights,
combining them to get a similar weight
(4 fingering/baby/sock=3 sport=2 worsted=1 bulky, for example)
yards of "chunky" (3 stitches to the inch on size 10.5s) gave me a
Figure your gauge. (Either use the
number on the ball band, or cast on about
30 stitches and knit a square and measure. You are not making an angel food
Determine how big you want your finished square (call the side measurement
"S"), Multiply that by your
gauge ("G") and multiply the result by 2 to get
the number of stitches to cast on ("C"):
C= S X G X 2 (I want a
40" square, my gauge is 3 stitches to the inch, I
cast on 40 X 3 X 2 or 240 stitches)
WS: Knit one row, placing
a marker at the middle. In my example, the marker
goes between stitch 120 and 121.
All RS rows: Knit to 2 stitches
before the marker, K 2 tog, slip marker, k 2
tog. Knit to the end.
All WS rows: K across, slipping the marker.
4 stitches remain, on RS, k 2 tog, remove marker, k 2 tog. Next row, K
2 tog. Fasten off.
The beauty of this lap
robe is that each row gets shorter. You can use lots
of odd balls, or plan your pattern. Use one strand of a single color
white, aran, red) and one strand of whatever you have. You can add textured
yarn. You can throw in a row of
YO, k2 tog for interest.