Friday, January 24, 2014

more baby blankets

A friend of mine recently had her first baby -  a little girl.  Prior to her baby shower, I decided to venture again into the world of baby blanket making.

The first one I attempted was by using this pattern from Michaels:

Finished Measurements
Approximately 30" x 30" 
Supplies
Loops & Threads™ Bunny Tail™ 3 ounces/85 grams in #4 Light Blue (MC) – 4 balls and #1 White (CC) – 2 balls
Knitting needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Yarn needle
Gauge 
5 sts & 7 rows = 4" in Garter st (knit every row).  Be sure to check your gauge! 
Blanket
Sewn Bind-Off: Cut yarn leaving a tail at least 3 times as long as the edge that will be bound off. Thread tail through yarn needle and bind off as follows: * insert yarn needle from right to left through the first 2 sts on knitting needle, go back through the first st from left to right, pull the yarn through and slip the first st off the knitting needle. Rep from * until 1 st remains, pull yarn through to fasten off.
 
With MC, cast on 36 sts using the backwards-loop method, working only with strand between pom-poms.
Knit 6 rows with MC, * knit 2 rows with CC, knit 2 rows with MC; rep from * until piece measures 27" from beg, ending with 2 rows of CC. Knit 6 more rows with MC.
Bind off using sewn bind-off. 
Border
With MC and RS facing, pick up and knit one st for each row along side edge of blanket. Work in Garter st for 4 rows. Bind off using sewn bind-off. Rep on other side of blanket. 
Finishing
Weave in ends.   
Abbreviations beg – beginning
CC – contrast color
MC – main color
mm – millimeter
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)
* – rep instructions after asterisk as specified

This yarn, though very soft and adorable, was problematic -  at least for me.  I kept dropping stitches, and when I did it was difficult finding where to get those stitches again, because of the way the yarn fell.  I also kept geting the yarn tangled up in knots, no matter how I kept rewinding it.

The finished product was nice, but I vowed to never make anything with similar yarn unless it was something not as big, like a scarf.  (Since then, I have made 2 scarves with this type of yarn, and they both turned out beautifully.)





My other blankets I made were flannel receiving blankets I made from scratch.

I had purchased this book a long time ago, and finally decided to try it out.:



Here are some photos of the blankets in progress.






OK . . so I didn't go too crazy and just did a basic edging around the blankets -  I was, as usual, strapped for time.  I recently picked up  some flannel for a couple of other baby blankets - and will give it another go soon.

Here are other interesting tutorials I found online, that I might try in the future:










1 comment:

  1. Oooh - I love those crocheted edges! I need to learn how to do that one of these days.

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