A classmate of mine is having a baby! She’s a total rockstar for being able to manage medical school and being pregnant but that’s a whole other story. We’re taking a class right now in Maine that doesn’t have an exam, which is awesome! But… no exam=no need for notes=no need for my computer=what the heck am I going to do to keep entertained for the 4-8 hours a day we spend in our windowless lecture hall. So I decided to knit/sew her a baby blanket. However, since I haven’t knit/sewn since I was in like 4th grade I wanted to start out with a relatively simple project, but one that was more interesting than stripes or similarly mundane patterns. I didn’t come up with any of this on my own so I’ll include appropriate links, don’t worry. Also, I learned a few things along the way:
Don’t skimp on yarn. Since this was my first project I didn’t know any better/was trying to keep costs down so I bought Red Heart yarn. BIG mistake. Not only is it not soft and baby-liscious, but it’s stretchy so the pattern I chose came out a bit wonky. The yarn was great, however, for using up the rest of the balls in this kitty toy project. Moral of the story: use nice yarn. It might be more expensive but it will definitely be worth it in the end.
Make sure your colors to together. This might seem obvious but apparently I didn’t think it through. I wanted to do the typical baby colors: blue, pink, green, and yellow. So I went to the store and bought the lightest/most baby-esque colors I could find. It wasn’t until I went to cast on the green that I had a “WTF” moment and realized that the green was hideous and not a baby color at all. So just make sure you at least hold them together in the store.
Give yourself enough time. I had been tinkering with the idea of knitting her this blanket for a long time but medical school got in the way so I didn’t decide definitively until 3 weeks ago. For a blanket as huge as this one, that’s not really a whole lot of time.
Don’t improvise/alter the design unless you absolutely are sure it will turn out well. The design I chose called for a knit-purl alternating pattern. For some reason, purling takes me forever and I decided it was more effort that it was worth. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it definitely didn’t give the piece a clear front vs. back that would have made one side look awesome and the other less so. Now both sides just look a bit “meh.”
Anyways, here’s the how-to information for knitting the blanket. Check back later for a post on how to back/bind the blanket (that will be posted sometime next week once I actually back/bind the project.)
Update: find the link to the backing/binding bit here!
|Here’s where I got the pattern. I agree with the author and would definitely encourage you to use circular needles because this project gets huge. Also, figure out a pattern of colors before you start. I had a pattern but then kept having the wrong color with me so I had to improvise.|
|If you used nicer yarn (see my mistake list above) you’re going to want to block the blanket. Here’s a great set of instructions.|
|Once it’s blocked, you’re ready for part 2!|
Stay tuned for the second part of this project! Let me know if you have questions or need help finding more tutorials.