I’ve finally finished the thing I’ve been working in what seems like forever! It’s a replacement Blankie for Milo, who has both outgrown and shredded the one I made for his birth. It was a log cabin construction and he just kept poking holes in the seams between colours. I did fix it a few times but in the end I gave up because it was a fight I was never going to win. Seriously, here it is, more hole than blanket:
Anyway, so for this new one I wanted something not too complicated but still interesting and definitely not as easy to poke holes in (though of course it took me so long to make that’s not really a problem any more). I also wanted it to look good from both sides. I couldn’t find anything pattern wise that I liked, so I ‘designed’ my own. This is the ‘pattern’ in case anyone likes it:
In colour 1 (white) Cast on an uneven number of stitches to match the width you want it to be.
K all for 6 rows.
Change to colour 2, knit 18 rows as follows:
Row 1: k all
Row 2: P1, slip one with the yarn behind the stitch, repeat until 1 stitch remains. P1.
Change back to colour 1, k 6 rows, change to colour 3 etc. Finish on a colour 1 stripe. Bind off.
Pick up stitches at the side of the blanket, one stitch for every second row. Knit 6 K all rows, bind off
For yarn, I used Cascade 220 Superwash, 2 balls of white, one each for the other colours
Can you tell I’m not a pattern designer?
Given the apparent simplicity of the pattern, I ended up having to unknit A LOT. I really wanted something straightforward to do without needing to look at it, but actually all those slip stitch rows are really easy to get out of synch by accidentally slipping two stitches at a time. Particularly if you do this twice in one row and it all seems fine when you get to the end of the row and then you realise 4 rows later what has happened. So mostly I fixed mistakes, but sometimes I could just not be bothered.
Anyway, Milo’s very pleased with his new age appropriate blanket (even if he had decided at one point n the knitting process that he liked the blue but not the white. Thankfully he got over himself)!
With Milo pretending to sleep for scale
P.s. Not sure what to do with the old blanket! I really don’t want to keep it but also don’t want to just chuck it/donate it as rags. Maybe burn it in a ceremony, haha!