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This is something older children (6+) and teenagers can do to help. Set them up with yarn that matches most of the squares, or black is a good color to join them. Print out this page so they can learn how to whip stitch the squares together. Younger children in the family can set out the squares into the pattern you want to use for the finished blanket.
Blankets = 48" x 72"
for a twin sized bed.
Crib sized blankets
or lapghans for seniors, approx. 36" x 36".
lapghans for seniors 66" x 48" =
You can use a large-eye needle to sew the edges with a whip
(Figure 1) Choose a yarn that matches your squares colors so it won't
as much. (I used red yarn here so you could see what I was
Figure 1 Figure 2
Lay out all your squares on the floor so you can make the colors look
together (8 sq x 12 sq). (Or 6 sq x 5 sq for
I recommend that you stitch a whole line of squares together to form a
'strip' of 12 (6) together. Make 8 (5) strips like this and
sew the strips together.