A childhood friend commissioned me to knit a blanket for her friend’s new baby. I have wanted to make this blanket for a while now, so when she asked me I knew this was my chance. I had no idea how nice it would be to knit up!The Knitty Gritty:
Pattern: Purl Bee’s Baby Chevron Blanket
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight, double-stranded
Needle: US size 13, 29 inch circulars
I loooove this pattern so much! I am so happy it was free on Purl Bee too. (To all the folks at Purl Bee, you are awesome.) Purl bee's blanket is made out of Blue Sky organic cotton, but it is $14.50 per skein. As much as I would like to, I can't afford to knit with the stuff angels are made of. Someday, maybe!
So, I chose Berrocco Comfort Worsted Weight yarn in order to keep the cost reasonable for this blanket! For all the colors it came out to $49 for 7 skeins of this wonderfully cozy yarn. It is double stranded, so I was able to up the needle to a 13. It is such an easy-going knit, and so far I am super happy with it. I know I will have little bits left of each color, so if I can manage it, I want to knit up a cloud to send along with the blanket to the new mama!
Here are some progress shots:
Weave in your ends as you go! There is nothing worse than having a bunch of ends to weave in once you have finally cast off! If the finishing touches seem daunting it makes it easier to let the project sit unfinished! I am a guilty culprit! This is an article that completely changed my method of weaving in ends, and it really looks great; it turns out practically invisible!
Here is the tutorial: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/FEATfall04TT.html
I have never been this happy with the selection of yarn I made for a particular project. Berrocco Comfort is so plush and cozy, perfect for a baby’s skin. The blanket is knitting up nice and thick, so it could work well as a throw blanket to sit on outside through this beautiful spring weather! The chevron pattern is a really simple two-row repeat, so the actual knitting is interesting, but not so much that I have to constantly count and tear out! Love it!