I was asked to make a knitted blanket by a customer, whose friend hasn’t found out what gender their baby is. We went for strong, bright, neutral colours and this was the end result:
This was a very simple blanket to knit up. Using Stylecraft Special Aran yarn, and 6.5mm needles, I cast on 80 stitches, which gave a width of 20in, and then I just used garter stitch. To get to 20in in length, I knitted 140 rows. To create the random stripe pattern I did have a little bit of help! I used this random stripe generator. Who know such a thing existed?! Although I didn’t stick rigidly to the pattern it gave me, I did find it helpful for getting a good mix of colours.
Now you might be wondering why the edges have a ribbon round them, instead of crochet. I would have liked to crochet the edges but I learned a valuable lesson about weaving in ends with this project. Its not something I am good at – even with the assistance of Google, so I foolishly knotted some of them ends and just cut them off. This was a HUGE mistake. Even if the weaving in isn’t very good, it must still be done. By just chopping off the ends, I made the rows very unstable and likely to come apart. The solution to this was to sew on pretty satin ribbon. It does give a lovely edge, but I would have liked to crochet it. There were a lot of tears over this finish, and my very patient husband did have to help me, but we made it work and it looks really good.
There were a lot of ends, as I changed colour every 2 to 4 rows!
This has made a pretty pot though! I am really pleased with this blanket. Its bright and colourful, yet soft and snuggly.
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