Monday, February 11, 2008


Amazing but true ... a post without a sock photo in sight!

Completed Work

The pink baby blanket is done and has been delivered to a happy grandmother.

To answer a question from a couple of posts ago on this blanket, it uses a very simple slip stitch pattern and you only ever knit one colour at a time. The stitch is in one of Barbara Walker's Treasury books - I'm not sure which one.

You need a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3.
Cast on with colour A (white).
Row 1: Purl
Change to colour B (pink).
Rows 2 and 3: K3, *slip 1, K3*. Repeat * to * across row.
Change to colour A.
Row 4: K1, slip 1, *K3, slip 1*. Repeat * to * to last stitch, K1
Row 5: P1, slip 1, *P3, slip 1*. Repeat * to * to last stitch, P1
With colour B, repeat rows 2 and 3.
With colour A, repeat rows 4 and 5.
The slip stitch should be done purlwise, with the yarn to the wrong side (at the back when knitting, at the front when purling).

You get a very different effect if you use more than one colour. In this blanket, colour A is still white, but I have used alternating rows of blue, pink, green and yellow.

The Crest of the Wave scarf was finished this weekend and it will be on its way (as soon as I can haul my sorry self to the post office) to a recipient who will remain unnamed for now. There are many many patterns out there for this. I used Judy Jacob's (which I found on Ravelry), but I cast on 65 stitches instead of 53.

Stash Enhancement

This is wonderful lace weight merino from The Sweet Sheep. It is oh so soft and the colour is simply amazing! It will become Ann Hanson's Snow Shawl whenever the pattern becomes available.

Sock yarn doesn't count, right?

Some cashmere from Purl Soho. See how I get sidetracked ... Someone posted a link to the Giacomo Baby Hat pattern. Very cute, I thought. I read through the pattern and considered whether I might ever want to knit this. I read all the way down the page where there was a link to a pompom tutorial. Ah, there was something I might use. Clicked on the link, but the tutorial used a product I had never seen. So I went to that site to purchase their pompom maker. While I was there, one skein of cashmere just jumped in my cart!

New on the needles


Grace Yaskovic said...

beautiful blanket , I need to try that pattern, I want to do the baby hat at some point but have to get better first!

smariek said...

You've done several of those blankets. I love slipped stitch patterns, nice effect for little effort. So much easier than stranding yarn, and perfect for not-in-the-round knitting projects. The blankets look very nice with the border you chose.

Joan said...

Yes, sock yarn NEVER counts! ;-p

Gorgeous baby blankie. Love your technique.