Friday blankets

Word Lily knitsOne of the first things I cast on for in 2013 was a big striped blanket.

That blanket makes me happy, and it’s seen plenty of use already. So maybe that’s why it’s blankets galore so far in 2014.

The first one [Forgive me as I play catch-up, please!] I technically cast on for on 31 December, but I’m still counting it here.

Undercover blanket

Pattern: Undercover by Beata Jezek
Yarn: I alternated between crazy-old skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun (single ply, but without the mohair content, 169 yards per skein) and Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb (seems to be same as the current Lamb’s Pride, 190 yards per skein, except 100 percent wool, without mohair, again). 10 skeins, natural/undyed
Size: Blocked to 65 inches square.
More details on my Ravelry project page.

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This one is a throw for the house. To be available on the couch, like so. I kinda wish it was bigger, but working in the round has a ton of stitches on the needles to reach this size, and I didn’t have any more yarn anyway, so there it is. I’m pretty much a sucker for leaf motifs.

I also knit two baby blankets, as gifts, in January and February.

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Pattern: Groovy Little Baby Blanket by Meera Kothari Cho
Yarn: Cotton yarn of various colors, all reclaimed from old sweaters.
Size(s): The blue one is approximately 36″ by 38″ (although I didn’t exactly remember to measure after washing and before gifting, oops). The pink one ended up 32″ wide by 36″ tall.
More details on my project pages.

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This pattern is a riff on a baby sweater pattern, Tulips, by Lindsay Pekny, made famous by the Yarn Harlot.

I played with the size in all of these, but the biggest modification I made was to the baby blankets. No matter how I figured it, I couldn’t make sense of the number of stitches the pattern said to pick up for the edges. It didn’t translate to any standard stitch-picking-up ratios that I’m aware of, and the number was small enough I was pretty sure it would make the blanket cup instead of being able to lie flat. So I picked up a more normal number of stitches, on both of the baby blankets. The distinctive seed stitch color-change row is quite nice.

I’m also in the middle of a gigantic queen-sized stripey blanket, since finishing all of these. It’s taking quite a bit longer, logically. Maybe I’ll show that one to you next week?

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26 responses to “Friday blankets

  1. If ever there was a winter that called for blankets, this past one was it. Yours are gorgeous!

  2. Wow. I love all of those blankets and admire your ability to complete 3 in 3 months. :-)

  3. I love that you do these for other people. :) The beautiful yellow baby afghan you made for us in 2004 is still a treasure to us!

  4. Um, you finished two baby blankets in two months? Along with other knitting? Wow! My sister is expecting in September, and I’m seriously wondering if I will have time to finish ONE blanket by then…you have inspired me to give it a go!

  5. You did beautiful work. And fast! The play of colors for the baby blankets is great! You might just make me a bit more adventurous with colors for babies.

  6. Beautiful blankets, I love all of them. Nothing beats handknit for baby gifts.

  7. ooooh, these blankets are lovely! I agree, every baby should have something handmade. I still have the blankets that were gifted to my children from various friends and family members. A couple were thoughtful and made them big enough that the kids still use them as lap blankets.

  8. I’m a sucker for leaf motifs too….and I love those stripey blankets…such bright fun for the babies…

  9. These are beautiful! I love the colors you chose.

  10. Wow so many beautiful blankets! I love the one at the top with the lace pattern, so pretty!

  11. Wow, those are gorgeous! I’m so envious — I’m a rubbish knitter and gave it up years ago. The white blanket is especially pretty!

  12. Oh Hannah!! That leaf blanket is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish I knew more about needle arts but the girls have received a few handmade blankets and I admit that I don’t use them because I’m so afraid of them being destroyed! Instead they sit on the backs of chairs and I only pull them off if the babe has fallen asleep on me and I want a cover up. This is absolutely silly, huh?

    • They’re made to be used! I’ll admit, though, that the ones I make for babies are easy care for a reason. That leaf one? Not so easy. (Hand wash, re-block to dry.)

  13. So pretty! Love the leaf blanket. I really had intended to try to learn to knit over the winter but, dang, it was too cold to go out any more than absolutely necessary so I never signed up for classes.

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