Happy Friday everyone.
Today's FO has been a long time in coming. I started this blanket at the end of January for a baby due in May. Well, the baby got here a week before the blanket did!
Baby Chalice Blanket by Karen S. Lauger
I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. It only took so long to finish because it kept getting bumped by other priorities and because I could only knit it at a time when I could pay attention to the chart. Which pretty much eliminated any part of the day when my children were awake.
This a wonderful free pattern that includes both written and chart instructions. I personally go for the chart every time so I can't vouch for the written ones.
- Cast on 123 stitches to increase the size of the blanket (pattern calls for 83)
- Changed the edging to seed stitch instead of garter
- Used a sewn bind off (this was actually bind off # 3 - the first one was too tight, the second too loose but the third one did the trick... just call me Goldilocks)
|Pre-block. You can see the "too loose" 2nd bind off here.|
70% Alpaca / 30% Merino
Used 3.8 skeins
This yarn is a gorgeous organic undyed blend of baby alpaca and merino. It is as soft as butter. I would normally never use anything but superwash for a baby gift but this yarn was impossible to resist. The baby's mother is a knitter so I'm sure she will look after it.
5.5mm Knit Picks Nickel Options circular
Blocking wires & pins
Knit Picks Chart holder
This was a good project to block with wires. It was so pig I has to use the mattress in the spare room instead of my mats. Pre Blocking the blanket measured about 70 cm x 90 cm.
Finished dimensions are 78 cm x 99 cm.
I definitely could have blocked it even bigger.
So there it is, the end of an epic project. It will be in the post to it's new owners in Nova Scotia by Monday. It feels so good that it's done... and that I can totally cast on something new guilt free!
Best wishes for a weekend filled with bright days and good company.
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