Yesterday I finished up the light green baby blanket I’ve been working on. Still with a month to spare!
I thought a round, frilly border would be a good accent for this very geometric pattern, so I whipped up some shells around the edge. The border went so quick that I somehow felt I was cheating or being sloppy. I guess crocheting still comes easier to me than knitting.
I used size 6 (4.25 mm) needles with light weight yarn, so it turned out quite stretchy and light. Then I went and used some huge crocheting hook (size K, 6.5 mm) for the border so it would be as stretchy as the blanket.
It also makes a nice sort of wrap to wear.
Anyway, it has Pippin’s approval!
Remember that green blanket I was knitting back in June? Well, it’s almost finished. I took some long breaks from it to sew Medieval garb, but now I’m back on the knitting horse (nesting might have something to do with this).
As soon as I finish the big green square, I will crochet or knit a thin white border around the edge. I’m inclined to crochet the border, because I know more tricks with crocheting than knitting, but I’ve heard that I’ll have to be careful since the two types of work stretch so differently. Anyone have experience mixing knit and crochet? Any tips you can offer?
I’ve crocheted or knitted a number of baby blankets over the years, but this one is extra special for me, because it’s the first that I intend to keep. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in November.
I still only have a vague idea of what that actually means. But I do know one thing–I’ll have a captive recipient for all sorts of knitted and crocheted projects during the next few years. Mwahahahahaha.
As you see, I’m using the twill pattern I developed back in April when I got a knitting itch. Three guesses why I was itching to knit.
I’m itching to start knitting a new baby blanket. This may or may not have something to do with Camp NaNoWriMo taking precedence above all other creative endeavors this month.
When the crafting itch got bad a few days ago, I snuck out of Scrivener and opened a web browser. I looked around until I spied a neat pattern with alternating knit and purl sections resulting in an almost twill texture, and I thought, I can handle knitting and purling. But I want it to look even more like a twill weave than that.
So after some time in MS Paint and trying things out with the nearest needles and yarn to hand, I developed this pattern:
Ta da! Twill weave texture.
Here’s how I did it. Well, actually, here’s a diagram of a slightly more developed version of the above.
Dark = knit; light = purl–on the front. (The reverse side is inverted, also backwards.)
Now imagine this repeated across a baby blanket in super soft, light green yarn!
I’ve decided I can’t even pick out the yarn until after April, lest I irrevocably sabotage my word count. ‘Till then, I’m sticking to a strict diet of griffins and magic.