Apparently I started knitting this blanket in May. It’s still a very long way from completed; I think it will be one of those projects I work a few rows here and there on, between other knits.
I was inspired by this 64 Crayons pattern, which I originally found at the designer’s [Amy Swenson, aka Indigirl] blog.
I fell in love with the idea of all the colors! Stripes! And I reasoned to myself that the strips would be less annoying to piece together than smaller things, like squares. (I don’t like seaming.)
But of course I took it my own direction.
That’s one strip completed, about 6 feet long. The second, narrower, strip, is still in progress. I’m using recycled sweater cotton, in as many colors as I can find! And oh yes, I am definitely dreading all those ends to weave in. I envision this as a blanket that’s cosy to curl up under, that can be draped over the couch, that will hopefully be used to make tents indoors in a few years. (Hey, it’ll take that long before it’s finished at this rate, anyway!) And then when it’s seen such love, I can throw it in the washing machine, and even dryer, if need be.
Am I alone in my love for ALL THE COLORS?
(I’m linking up with Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesday.)
Asa has two cousins due within two weeks of each other, and I knit them each a baby blanket.
(Project page on Ravelry)
Their nursery colors are yellow and grey, and they’re having a girl. The blanket is two-thirds yellow and one-third grey, with a thin stripe of a bright pink in between.
(Ravelry project page)
They’re having a boy, and their nursery theme is polka dots. I tried a polka dotted blanket, but it wouldn’t work within the constraints it needed to, which is sad. But hopefully this one is good, too. I like the proportions of the stripes.
Both of these patterns were pretty boring as far as the knitting goes, but the stripes one at least had color changes to keep track of and look forward to. Although it also had about a million ends to weave in after the knitting was finished.
Both of them are knitted in recycled (unraveled from old sweaters) cotton, which is super soft, but also machine-washable and -dryable, which seems like a must for baby blankets.
More pictures of the blankets (you can click on them to view them larger):
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I’ve always loved making baby blankets, so I couldn’t refrain from crafting an abundance of them for my little one.
This one, being wool *and* lace, isn’t the most practical. And now, it’s so hot, that I haven’t gotten it off the shelf yet. Hopefully this fall. Still, it went quickly and I enjoyed knitting it.
Hemlock Ring Blanket
This one I made with cotton yarn, reclaimed from old thrift store sweaters. The photowas taken quite awhile ago, he’s quite a bit bigger than this now. Also, have I mentioned HOT?
Rainbow Mitered Crosses Blanket
This one has a story behind it. I started this blanket when I was about 6-8 years old. It was my first project after Mom taught me how to crochet. I worked on it a lot, and my gauge (and craft overall) improved dramatically over the course of the work. When I found it, still unfinished, in my adulthood, I thought it might be fun to finish it up for my future child/children. I worked on it intermittently for years and finally got it finished just before this little guy was born. I left in the parts made when I was obviously very much a beginner.
Full Circle Baby Blanket
There’s one more blanket to show, but it’s still not done! I started piecing it together earlier this month, so it should be done by this fall, at least.
Want to see the earlier installments?
part 1 (socks and hats)
part 2 (sweaters)
So, that’s it! Maybe I’ll get back to more regular blogging here soon. But on the baby knits front, I’ve already started one project for him since his birth, and there are several more percolating in my head …
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