I wanted to challenge myself with some new patterns, and so found a pattern for a blanket that produced a cable effect that I’ve only previously associated with knitting.
I had a good look around the internet and on Ravelry and decided on the “Cable your Love” Blanket by Nirmal Khalsa which you can find on Ravelry.
My original plan was to make an entire blanket in one colour, which I’ve never done before. But half way through making it, I had to put the project on hold and whip up a baby blanket for someone who’s baby had arrived early (i.e. I hadn’t yet made their blanket). I used some of the yellow yarn, and knew that I wasn’t going to have enough to finish the Cable stitch blanket. I couldn’t risk buying some more and having a different batch that didn’t quite match…something that is really obvious when it’s all one colour. So, I added two white panels, and as far as the stitches went, the end result was that only the middle panel was according to the pattern. I just mixed and matched the cable stitches from the pattern for the thinner panels.
I hemmed it with a simple *dc 2, ch 2, dc 2* in every 4th stitch, then a second row of single crochets.
The final product was quite a heavy blanket, which is really only one sided. It was great to give something new a go, and initially I did find it quite challenging so mission accomplished! 🙂
Over the years I have managed to set an precedent that if I know you, and you’re having a baby, you can expect to get a pram sized baby blanket from me. This goes for all the men that I work with too.
One of my staff’s wife was pregnant with their first child, so I had mentally put that into my crochet calendar that I have in my head. I was part way through making a cable stitch blanket, when low and behold….baby arrives early, and was actually born in an ambulance on the side of the highway! Crisis on the blanket front since I hadn’t even started it!
Ravely to the rescue; I found the “Superbly Simply Blanket” by Heather C Gibbs. And superbly simple, it was! And fast……perfect!
I give the borders of my blankets quite a bit of consideration; not all edges suit all patterns and the wrong border can ruin the look of a great blanket. I thought that this blanket needed something simple, and I needed something that was going to be quick so went with the Reverse Single Crochet Stitch, which I’ve never used before. You can google it, or you can find it here on Dummies.com.
The New Zealand Summer of 2016/2017 will probably go down in records as being one of the lousiest Summers we’ve ever had. It was cold, wet and windy right through December, January and February. In March Summer decided to finally make a brief appearance before Autumn arrived.
The only up side to having a Summer that feels like Winter, is that the crocheting may continue (sometimes having a wool blanket on my knee while I stitch it can be just too hot in Summer).
The ‘theme’ for this blanket, when I went searching for a pattern, was to make something with granny squares around the edge, as opposed to being 100% made up from squares. I found this really sweet looking “Enchanted Garden” granny square by Claire Norden, that became the basis for the design. As usual, I used 8 ply machine washable wool, given that I was making it for use by a baby or toddler.
I was very happy with the overall look of the blanket….so much so that it has been put away for now. I love the colour combination and some day I hope that it will brighten up someone’s nursery.
It’s been AGES since I’ve posted anything….months and months! This is most for two reasons: 1: I have been avoiding doing any baking due to my waistline and 2: I embarked on making a crocheted vest made up mostly of granny squares. It took me months to make (seriously!) and I am still yet to sew on the tie ribbons so haven’t posted about it.
After spending so many month making one item, I decided to make a nice easy quick blanket…..and then picked the wrong patter to meet that criteria. ie. it wasn’t quick! I found this lovely looking “double sided” blanket, but this just meant that it too took ages to make. Anyway, I have finally finished it! Yaaaay! I found the patter here. As usual you’ll also find it on Ravelry.
I made up my own edging, which I think turned out ok. And the blanket is super warm due to it’s thickness, so would definitely be good for those of us who live in cold climates (Auckland isn’t one of them!). Needless to say, it takes quite a bit of wool.