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Herlo’s blanket – Completed Project

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herlobabyblanketI finally got the blanket for Herlo’s son done.  What do you think? Click the picture to get a larger image.

It took a little longer than expected to finish because my schedule has been a bit busier than normal lately.

My hope is that I’ll get it in the mail today or tomorrow and by this weekend, there will be a little Fedorian snuggled under it.

The stitch pattern is simply linen stitch except it’s worked with two colors of yarn.

To start the blanket, I cast on 150 stitches with Color A (Chocolate Brown) and switched to Color B (Seafoam) for the first and second row.  Then back to the brown for rows 3 and 4.

The knitting in the image above is actually on it’s side.  The cast on and cast-off are the long edges, but I don’t suppose it makes much difference what direction you travel while knitting. If you’d like a better idea of what the work looks like as your knitting, the image to the left ought to do it for you.

Personally, I like longer runs because turning the work tends to break me out of the zone.  I suppose I’m spoiled by knitting in the round.

I simply knitted until the piece measured a rough square, or about a skein and a half.  The knitting then found it’s rectangle shape in the washer.  With every other stitch slipped, you shouldn’t get too hung up on what the shape it really is until the yarn finds it’s natural location.  You could block it back to a square, but for a baby blanket that’s going to be washed a lot, natural, unblocked is a good way to go.

UPDATE: 4/25/2012 You can sell this blanket as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.

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October 26th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Color play with Linen Stitch

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Last year, I made a blanket for my nephew, Luke.  Well, I’m at it again, but this time I’m not sure who’ll get this blanket, but I’m making it anyway.

I’m using the same Seafoam (sorry it’s washed out, my camera is only so-so and the scanner didn’t quite grab the color either) and Brown yarns that I had left over from Luke’s but this time I’m doing a 2 color linen stitch.  Depending on how you look at it, it seems to zig-zag, or checker-board.  But no matter how I look at it, I’m loving the visual.  

I even like the back of linen stitch.  If you click the image above, you’ll see what I’m talking about.  The front is on the bottom and the back is at an angle at the top of the picture. 

So if you’d like to knit along with me, you’ll need…
Worsted weight yarn in two colors (Color A, Color B).  If you’re not sure about the amount you should buy, ask your local LYS Staff to help you out.

Needles – I’m knitting back and forth using US 11s on a 24 inch circular, but the gauge is 4.75 sts per inch or about 19 per 4 inches, so, as always, if you’re worried about the gauge, please choose needles that give you the size you’re looking for.

Using color A, Cast on 150 stitches.  I’ve been using a Crochet Cast-on because I like that it matches my bind off.

Row 1, with Color b, begin linen stitch for the Right side
Row 2 , with Color b, Linen stich for the wrong side.
Row 3, Color A Linen stitch for the Right side.
Row, Color A for the wrong side.

Carry your colors up the side to cut down on weaving in ends.

You might also want to consider adding a third color to the mix. Just switch colors every row.  Don’t worry about keeping track of which to use, the pattern will present itself – really, it only takes a moment or two to catch on to which yarn comes next. 

Also, If you take a moment to untangle and move your unused yarns out of your way when you’re switching colors you’ll avoid making a giant knot. 

The sample on the right was knitted using an el-cheapo pack of pearl cotton skeins I found in the embroidery section of the craft store. 

I was experimenting with color combinations by starting with a random length and then adding in a new color as they ran out.

If you click the image, you’ll get a high def image to examine.  If you look closely, you’ll see that I started at the bottom with dark blue, light blue, and orange.

Dark blue ran out first, and was replaced with dark green and then light blue was replaced with yellow.  My color selection technique was to randomly grab a color out of a bag.  I knew I could find complementary colors, but what I was really looking for was what “clashing” colors might look like. 

What I found was that, yes, some are more pleasing combination than others, but when mixed like they are, there’s noting that’s too outrageous.  In fact, I was really disappointed that my first 3 colors were blue, blue and orange.  It felt too much like team colors rather than anything fashionable, but the tonal colors with a bright looked pretty good together.  Not sure I’d make a sweater for the office with those, but as an accent piece it would be stunning. 

It now has me thinking about my stash of odd balls and yarns that make me (and my husband) wonder what I was thinking when I bought them.  Perhaps they could be mixed into a pleasing Linen stitch throw or other object. 

Linen stitch is also quite firm, and doesn’t curl, so I’m thinking of a cotton bath mat, to keep my good towels off the floor.  I’ll let you know when I cast on. 

~Karlie

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October 4th, 2010 at 1:27 pm