My contribution to the “All We Are Saying…” Blanket for Peace project is finished and in the mail. My goal of making it in July so I could mail it in August mostly worked out. I had to make the block twice, because the first one was too big, and the pattern I designed took some experimentation (more about that next week). I mailed it on August 24th instead of August 1st, and hope that despite the delay and the international postal system, it will still arrive before the deadline (the end of September).

One World, designed and knit by Kit Dusnmore for the Blanket of Peace.
One World, designed and knit by Kit Dunsmore for the Blanket for Peace.

My block is called One World. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to achieve peace of any kind. The first step is to emphasize our similarities instead of focusing on our differences. Since one thing we all share is the same planet, I used a circle of blues and greens to symbolize our common home.

Knitting a flat circle was tricky so finishing this block took persistence. In the same way, achieving peace is going to take persistent efforts. We’ll need to experiment and we’re going to make mistakes. But the effort involved will be well worth the final results.

There’s still time to make a block of your own, and you can use any textile technique you like! Learn more about the Blanket for Peace project here.

15 thoughts on “My Knitted Block For The Blanket for Peace Project”

  1. Oh my goodness! This is wonderful! This is the first I’ve heard of the blanket for peace! I’d love to get involved (I better get ON IT!). I’m so excited!

    Also, your block is beautiful 🙂

    1. Still time to get involved! It’s been really exciting to get pieces from all over the world, which will be stitched side by side making a universal ‘call out’ for Peace.

    1. It’s a miracle I got mine done in time (and that is yet to be seen… I hope it gets there soon!).

  2. Hi, thanks for your perfect circle pattern. Do you have the pattern for the rest of the square?

    1. I do not have the notes I used to make the square that went around the circle. As I remember it, I drew the corner piece I would need on paper at the actual size I wanted the final block to be (a triangle, only with a curved edge on the side where it would meet the circle). I used my gauge swatch to determine how tall a row would be, then drew lines the right distance apart to stand for each row. Then I measured the length of each row and calculated the number of stitches to have for that row. So the pattern was made specifically for the block I made and I don’t have a handy formula for creating it. But having the pattern the size of the piece was helpful, because I could lay the piece I was making on the pattern to see how I was doing and adjust as necessary. I hope this helps!

  3. Hi Kit! Beautiful work on the circle in the square – that takes some keen visualization! I can’t find your perfect circle pattern anymore – do you happen to still have it? I’m in the middle of my project and am looking forward to finishing. Thanks! Awesome blog, btw!

    1. I took the pattern down because I’ve had problems with it. It doesn’t always work and I’m not sure why! Someone pointed me to another pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman, which I am currently playing with. It does work, but you wind up with obvious rows of increases, which I don’t like. So I’ll e-mail you my version. Here’s the link for a video with the Zimmerman pattern so you can check it out:

      1. Thank you so much, Kit! I was having some problems too so it’s good to know it wasn’t just me. Beautiful colors in the one you did make, it looks lovely all together in the block! Thanks again for the pattern and the YouTube link.

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