Blankets

I’m a big fan of knitted blankets. I love the variety you can create with a sampler afghan; I love that you don’t need to make a particular size; I love that blankets are nearly always welcome gifts (unlike wearable knits, which are sometimes received with politeness rather than enthusiasm). These are some of my finished blanket projects. There are lots of baby blankets as well, but I’ve pretty much always used lace patterns for baby blankets (so you get warmth but also lightness), so they’re covered on the lace page.

Sampler aran afghan/blanket

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This one is definitely my favourite. Knit in Wendy basic aran (sturdy rather than luxurious – but who expends luxury yarn on a blanket?) it was one of the first projects I started after a knitting hiatus of a decade or more. In that time the internet had happened and it seemed that vast numbers of people were either rebooting their knitting lives at the same time as me or setting out as beginners. Reading other people’s blogs was hugely inspirational and educational, and the blanket reflected my learning curve. You can read about it in more detail here and here, but I’ve loved snuggling under it these past winter months and one day there will be another…

Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket

Debbie Bliss alphabet blanket, knit in Rowan Classic aran

This one was – not to put too fine a point on it – a total ballache. Much of it was my own fault. Knitting a charted lace pattern while watching tv (especially when you’re planning to adapt the pattern as you go) is not recommended. I can also confirm that there are 26 letters in the alphabet, rather than the 24 that were allowed for in my adaptation of the pattern… Much frogging ensued. I also don’t really like the finished object very much. The yarn I used (Rowan RYC Classic Aran) created a very limp fabric, and I like my blankets to have a bit of structure, not to be die-away things that just droop. However, it kept the baby warm, so it did its job!SONY DSC

Leaf pattern bedspread

Crunchy snowspread

Single block

This one was knit for a best friend who had the temerity to move to Australia. She asked for something to go on the bed and so I knitted her this classic Victorian pattern. I really like it and plan to do something else with the pattern one day – and when I knit it again I might get my decreases going in the proper directions instead of all reversed. It’s an all-seasons cotton so it actually weighs a ton – a choice made before I knew much about yarns (tip: don’t knit a blanket that weighs a ton when you have to send it to Australia…).

A throw that got above itself

This is the first blanket I knitted. It took me forever – and by forever I mean about three winters’ worth of knitting. It’s also knitted in two different yarns because I took so long about it and had to use so much more than I estimated that they discontinued the yarn while I was mid-project. It’s got some wine stains now, and some tea stains, but it’s warm and cosy!

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