I'm really excited about this FO. It had definitely been one my bigger projects of the year and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
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Pattern: Maude Honeycomb Blanket
Designer: Kristen Rengren
Source: Vintage Baby Knits
I really really love this pattern. It is based on a 1940's design for a baby blanket. I borrowed the Vintage Baby Knits book from my local library and it has some really great looking patterns in it. It has been added to my knitting book wish list.
The pattern is quite clever because the honeycomb texture is achieved through slipped stitches and you never have to knit with more than one colour at a time. To top it off, the edging is designed to curl so you can carry your colours up the side and avoid weaving in 70 quadrillion ends (really! I counted!)
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Yarn: Berroco Pure Pima
The original pattern calls for a worsted weight cotton. I couldn't find a cotton or colours I like in a worsted weight. I doubled up the DK making something of a bulky yarn. I love the look with the thicker yarn.
I was a little worried about knitting with cotton on such a big project but I found this yarn to be lovely to work with. It clearly isn't elastic like wool but it didn't feel stiff at all.
I used 6.5 skeins of green & 5.5 of the white with 6mm needles for my project.
I swatched and adjusted the number of stitches for the more bulky yarn. The pattern called for 14 repeat and I also needed to do 11. Other than that I followed the pattern exactly. My finished project is slightly smaller than the pattern calls for but still plenty big enough for a baby's blanket.
I loved both the process of knitting this blanket and how it turned out. I would definitely consider making another one one day. This is the first time my baby gift has been finished before the baby! He/she was due yesterday but has yet to make their appearance : )
Now for the thing you have all be waiting for...
In celebration of my 100th post, it's time for my first giveaway!
I have a lovely skein of DK Superwash from a Canadian indie dyer (DyeCauldron.com) that I'm
begrudgingly just barely willing to part with.
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While you are waiting to see if you won, why not head over to Tami's blog and see some more fabulous FO's?