I had many doubts about getting this blanket finished in time to present to my nephew and his fiance on the eve of their wedding, but I actually completed the final round of border two days ahead of the deadline.
My version, knit with Berroco Comfort (worsted weight) in 5 colors (green, red, orange, cream and black) on 4.5 needles, is comprised of 72 shells and a garter stitch border.
Each shell took about an hour to knit (weaving in the ends as I went) and then it took another hour to join all 4 sides. My mom helped with slip stitching the corners where each shell joined and weaving in those ends. I couldn't have made the deadline without her help.
After knitting up a few of the half shells for the edging I decided to skip them. I just didn't like the look of it and I really think this blanket is more fun with a wavy border.
I picked up and knit a garter stitch border down one side, leaving the last stitch on the needle when I bound off and turning it to pick up the next row of stitches. This avoided any additional seaming except for joining the final corner.
My nephew and newest neice-in-law seemed to be very pleased to receive it!
Love and prayers went into every stitch and I trust their new little family will feel surrounded by warmth and love as they embark on the greatest adventure of all -- what God has joined together, let no man separate!