When I finished knitting the Templeton Square for the Winter 2012 issue, I loved it. But here's the problem with counterpane squares: one counterpane square is like one potato chip. It might be never nice, but it's never quite enough.
So I asked my nice bosses at Knitty whether we might try to nudge the readers into action. I dreamt of acres of Templeton Squares, worked in a profusion of yarns and colors and sizes. Better still, I dreamt that none of these squares would be knit by me.
My nice bosses at Knitty also wanted to see more Templeton Squares. Therefore, we had a contest. We said to the readers, "Hey, here is the Templeton Square. You wanna make something of it?"
You did. More than fifty mind-twistingly diverse entries flew off the needles of dozens of eager knitters. I am frightfully, deeply, earnestly grateful to our panel of fancy celebrity judges -- Ysolda Teague, Brooke Nico, Fiona Ellis, Shannon Dunbabin (of Cascade Yarns) -- for sparing me the headache and heartache of having to choose the winners. I just got to look on and admire the all the pretty.
If you were among those who entered, I thank you. If you were among the the winners, I congratulate you. If you just dropped in to see what a determined person can do with a simple knitted square -- prepare to applaud.
Best in Show
Our lucky winners will receive:
Best in Show: Original Franklin Habit illustration, prize value $500, plus 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in-stock color), prize value $110, total prize value $610
Most Creative: 1 set of Addi Turbo Lace Clicks, prize value $169.95 plus 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in-stock color), prize value $110, total prize value $279.95
Most Ambitious: 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn (your choice of in-stock color), prize value $110
If you entered a design in this contest, Franklin wants you to know that he'd be delighted for you to offer your pattern for sale. That's all of you, winners or not! The original Templeton block isn't copyrighted, and all of you retain the copyright to your work, so do think about putting your pattern up for sale so others might enjoy knitting it too!
All our entries were so interesting to see -- everything from simple and straightforward to mind blowing -- so we decided you should get to see them, too! Just scroll down. Designs are shown in the order the entries were received.
Thanks to all who entered!
Templeton Square Tam
Bathtub Toy Trapper-Beach Bag
Templeton Carpet Factory
Handle with Care
Four Girls and A Lot of Jewlelry