Knitted Baby Blanket

I made this blanket for my friend’s sister, who’s having a baby in August (a lot of that going on lately, it seems).

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This is the second blanket I’ve made with this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunny-baby-blanket

I chose this pattern because it’s pretty simple and easy to memorize – good TV watching pattern.  I was worried that the variegated yarn wouldn’t work because it might make it too hard to see the stitches.  But I actually think it works.  And I did a blue i-cord border to solidify it.

 

Double-Knitting “Quilt”

So, I became recently fascinated with the technique called double-knitting.  I always enjoy learning a new technique, and I love the reversible nature of the finished products.  But I didn’t want to bog myself down with trying to do something in the round, so I thought I’d make squares, and stitch them together to make a “quilt.”  I am so excited by this project idea!

But I need to find charts that are all about the same size, or that I can adapt to be the same size so that I can make consistent squares.  I am thinking of either a Hawaiian theme, or some sort of tribal theme.

Here’s one chart I found so far:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sea-turtle-chart-remix

It’s 50 stitches wide by 30 stitches high.  I wonder if I can square it up and make it 40 by 40?

I’d like to find 2 -3 different charts, then I’ll use some solid squares and mix the different patterned squares in my quilt somehow.  I wonder if this would work???


8/7/2014 Update; I finally casted on for a practice double knitting square, and boy, was it a doozy!  I frogged and re-tried 3 times!  I think I finally got the cast-on this morning.  I used the Judy’s Magic Cast-On method that’s been adapted for double knitting.  Here’s the video:

She goes kind of fast – especially for someone who’s never done this type of cast-on before, even for regular knitting.  But I paused the video a lot, and watched it over and over.  I think I got it 🙂  I guess I’ll see tonight when I actually try knitting up a few rows!


8/9/2014 Update; OK, so here’s my very first double-knitting project, a practice butterfly.  I made a few mistakes, and after I had started doing it, I saw a video on how to make the edges cleaner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-BLtYkAfa8&list=UUeNOvADIVMTS1g1zxcyos3A&index=9

Next time I’ll have try that method.

But here’s how my butterfly came out.

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It took me about 4 tries to get the cast-on worked out.  And then once I had to frog because I realized I didn’t cast on enough stitches.  But I think I’ve got the hang of it now.  Just need to keep practicing!


3/2/2015; I had tried my hand at double-knitting again with this pattern:

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Can you see my mistakes?  LOL  And my stitches are still loose and wonky.  I guess I have to keep practicing!

Entrelac Pillow

I did this one without a pattern!  I saw a You Tube video on entrelac crochet and got gung-ho about trying it.  So I just picked up some acrylic yarn I had lying around and started.  I didn’t even know what it was going to be.  At first, I thought maybe a blanket?  But it soon became apparent that that was simply going to take me FOREVER.  So. I ended up making this pillow cover instead:

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After I made the square big enough to fit the pillow, I just did hdc stitches until the tops and bottoms were long enough to “fold over” and stitched the ends together with sc.

Fits pretty well….sorry for the ugly pics.