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WIP: Seed Stitch Blanket

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Hello. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. It’s that time of year when everybody’s allergies are on overdrive, which for me and my “complex and narrow” sinus passageways (doctor’s words, not mine) means back-to-back sinus and ear infections. Kind of knocks a person out. Anyway, I figured I would at least give you a peek at one of my works-in-progress.

I am knitting this throw blanket in a classic seed stitch pattern. Since I’m using a worsted weight 100% cotton yarn but using chunky size 11 needles, I wanted to use a simple pattern that would highlight the texture of the yarn. This will be a warm, yet lightweight throw when it is complete.

I’ve never seen the sunset over the desert in person (only in photographs), but that is what I had in mind when I chose these yarns for the bottom band. I still have quite a ways to go with this blanket and have a few ideas in mind for how the rest of it will be finished. Stay tuned…

Little Boy Blue Blanket

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A family friend is expecting a little boy. A handmade blanket is a gift that is always appreciated and useful! I like to make baby blankets “toddler-size” so they can be used for a number of years, and can be converted to a throw when the child gets older.

This adorable “Little Boy Blue” blanket, as I refer to it, was crocheted all in one piece using a large crochet hook and two strands of yarn held together. I started by making many rows of double crochets.

When I had a decent size to it, the piece was turned and I started making row after row of “border” stitches in different sizes (singles, triples, half doubles…) creating what would appear to the untrained eye as a big granny square.

Photo Credit: lawagency.co.uk

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow,
The cow’s in the corn;
Where is that boy
Who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
Oh no, not I
– Mother Goose

More Blankets!

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BIG STITCH KNIT BLANKET

My friend got married a couple of weeks ago (amazing, gorgeous wedding!) and I knew I wanted to do something special for her and her husband. I took a look at their registry and saw bedding and pillows in greys and silvers so I thought it would be great to knit a blanket that complements the set.

I knit this on massive (I mean 3 feet long and super-fat) big stitch needles. It was very awkward, to be honest. These giant needles are what created the big stitches you see in the blanket.

I mostly knit this in stockinette stitch, but I added in a bunch of reverse-stockinette stitch rows at the ends and throughout to create more texture and more of a pattern. This was knit with three strands of yarn held together: 1 Cape Cod Blue and 2 Off-White. Hopefully my friends can cozy up under this blanket all winter long.
 
 
GRANNY SQUARE BABY BLANKET

I know the photos on this one are kind of awful. At the time I took a snapshot (I believe with my 35mm camera) just so I would remember the blanket. I didn’t realize I would be doing anything with it later on.

This blanket was crocheted for a friend’s baby girl at least 12 years ago. I made up the pattern for the granny squares.

This was crocheted with a multicolor yarn. After all of the squares were completed, I sewed them together then added a crochet border.
 
 
GRANNY SQUARE COLLEGE BLANKET

When a friend of mine was midway through college she moved into her first apartment. I thought it was a perfect time to make a blanket for her.

I crocheted this about 7 years ago. And randomly, I bought the yarn in Brooklyn. I chose the cream as a neutral base and added the green accent because it was her favorite color.

I wrote the pattern for this blanket, as well. It’s actually pretty big – I could have left off the outer row of cream squares. After all of the squares were made, I sewed them together then added a crochet border – two rows of cream, a row of green then one last row of cream to finish it off.
 
 
GRANNY SQUARE WINTER BLANKET

I crocheted this blanket about 7 years ago. I don’t remember why I picked these colors. It was probably getting close to winter and pine trees were on my mind. Oh gosh, I can’t wait until winter – you walk down the streets of NYC and in every neighborhood there are Christmas tree vendors on the sidewalks. It smells so good! And an added bonus: no humidity!

(Yes, that is some of my yarn stash in the background.) The accent squares consisted of multiple colors – forest green, lace and off-white, and the base squares were crocheted with a solid forest green. Both the forest green and the lace colors were integrated into the trim.

While it’s not my favorite design that I created, this is really such a warm blanket. It’s great to wrap around yourself and cozy up in a chair.

Family Blankets

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One thing I love to make for my family members is a great blanket. It will keep them warm, decorate their home, and become a keepsake they can pass on to their kids one day. Blankets take a while to create, but are always worth the effort involved.

CABLE KNIT BLANKET

Several years ago, to accompany their newly re-done living room, I knit a blanket for my parents. It is pretty large – much bigger than I usually make.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted the blanket to look like, incorporating braided cables, ribbing, multiple colors…

I went to work first sketching, then writing out a pattern. Since the blanket was so large, I had to knit the taupe center section separately from the maroon border pieces. Circular knitting needles only come in certain lengths. This blanket became increasingly heavy the further I knit (it was just so big). My left hand turned into what I referred to as “the claw” because of the shape my hand took from the weight it held while I knit. Yes, this is even with the bulk of the weight sitting in my lap. It took a lot of time and effort to uncurl my fingers. Haha, I never thought of the Inspector Gadget reference until now!

After knitting and assembling all of the pieces, I finished the blanket with a crocheted border.
 
 
RIDGED CROCHET BLANKET

A few years ago was my brother and sister-in-law’s first Christmas as a married couple. I decided to make a blanket for them.

To achieve the desired look, I pulled several colors and strands of yarn together and knotted them up with a giant crochet hook. The blanket was made with mostly triple crochets and chains. I used a blend of forest green, taupe and off-white yarns. My brother loves earth tones.

By crocheting through the back half of the stitch on the row below, ridges were created with the front half of the stitch. In the close-up you can see how there is a ridge every-other row (and reversed on the back side).

The blanket was crocheted all in one piece, then finished off with a border consisting of a few single crochet rows.
 
 
TRIPLE CROCHET BLANKET

My older sister was next in line for a blanket. I remember making it after she bought her house.

My sister’s furniture was mostly neutral so I wanted to give her a subtle pop of color. I went to the store with her and fibbed about who I was making a blanket for because I wanted her opinion on color. The blue was her favorite out of the options that were available. I mixed the 1 strand of blue with 2 strands of taupe yarn and again used a giant crochet hook.

This blanket was similar in pattern to the one made for my brother, but there were no ridges. This is because I crocheted through the entire stitch below instead of just half of it. This blanket was also crocheted all in one piece, then finished off with a border – 1 row of single crochet then 1 row of half double crochet if I remember correctly. I chose my yarn very carefully for these blankets so despite the spaces in the pattern, anybody wrapped up in this will be quite warm.

The blue ended up being inspiration to incorporate more color into the room. Blue throw pillows, floor vase, etc. I also made my sister some coasters with blue fabric a couple of years later (stay tuned for those photos).