A Penrose By Any Other Name

4 years ago

Would have as many seams.


Two of my close friends from college are expecting their first baby.  I learned to knit when my brother and sister-in-law were expecting their first child.  My mom told my sister and I that aunts needed to knit or crochet things for their nieces and nephews.  That sounded completely insane to me, and I didn't know that I knew anyone who did either, but my sister was knitting the baby a blanket, and I'm nothing if not competitive. Since I learned to knit for that first blanket, I've tried to bring something handknit to all of the baby showers I've attended, including a blanket for this baby-to-be's older cousin. So I knew that I needed to find a really great blanket.

The parents-to-be are big Duke fans, just like me, so I thought our school colors (blue and white) would be perfect even though they're having a little girl (I'm not particularly into gendered colors).  Mom is a lawyer who loves literature and classically pretty things, so I wanted to find something kind of romantic and beautiful.  Dad is an engineer who likes math and clever things, so I wanted to find something interesting.

Enter Penrose:

C'mon.  How perfect is that?

It's so pretty and looks so complicated, but it's made out of two shapes -- a square and a parallelogram.    It's Duke blue and white, but still very feminine and classic.  And the pattern is based on Sir Roger Penrose's aperiodic tiling, so Oxford-level mathy.  I love this blanket so much.  If I didn't love these people, I would keep it.

It was really fun to work on, too.  Look at the crazy joining!
(Color is off in that first picture.)

I joined each piece to the rest of the blanket as I went along and weaved in the ends at the same time.  I think this was necessary for my sanity.  I actually like seaming and end-weaving (I'm weird), but we're talking about a lot of seams here.  I was shooting for something "baby blanket"-sized (about 38" across), but it actually grew a lot when I blocked it.  The final version is about 48" across, so it will be even more useful.
I couldn't be happier with it and I hope it makes the new little girl and her parents happy too.
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