Okay, I’ll admit this might be “cheating” a bit… today is a “Making” it Myself Monday. Meaning, I haven’t finished this project yet… but I can’t wait to share the idea!
Ever since I learned to knit, I wanted to make a baby blanket for someone. Of course, that means being “forced” to wait until I knew someone who had a kiddo on the way. Now, I have my excuse!
The great thing about this pattern is that it’s super simple – you just knit (or garter stitch) the entire thing. No increases, decreases or counting every single stitch. Once you get started, you can just GO, for the most part.
**Also, please realize this is a pattern, not a learn how to knit post. For some great tutorials on knitting, check out this page.**
I did decide to make some changes to this pattern before I started. The original version makes a 26″ by 28″ blanket. That really isn’t very big, so I decided to make a 36″ square.
Of course, I’m horrible with math… so I went in to Prairie Yarns to get advice on how to grow my plan. (They were SO patient and helpful, I need to toss in a little plug for the shop. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to make my “improvements”!)
We (a lifesaving pair of ladies at Prairie Yarns and a calculator…) crunched the numbers and decided this would be the pattern I would try… just remember, this is still an experiment for me too.
What you need:
- 9 skeins, #4 weight Cascade Yarns: Cherub Aran yarn (more than what is used in the original – which makes sense since I’m making a bigger blanket)
- US 7 circular needle, 32″ long
- Yarn needle or crochet hook (for weaving in loose ends when switching colors)
What to do:
- Loosely cast on 180 stitches.
- Knit every row, until you’ve done 20 ridges (40 rows).
- Switch to the next color, and repeat for each of the nine sections.
- When finished with the ninth section, bind off and weave in all loose ends.
I’ll keep you all posted about how this one works out. If you decide to join me in this experiment and get done first, feel free to share your own experiences and photos!