jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
[personal profile] jenett
I am toying (ok, I am planning, but I'm not quite at the 'buy the yarn' stage) with doing a series of blocks to be joined into an eventual blanket. My goal is about 63" by 63", so that I can do 7" squares. (9x9, with a border of black around the edges, and then colored squares with simple charted designs in the middle.)

I've got a grip on most of this, but I'm trying to figure out how much yarn I want to budget for, since I'd like to ideally get it all at once (or at worst, a month or so apart.) I'm currently planning to use the KnitPicks Palette yarn (fingering weight, wool) for the combination of color range and price point.

I'd originally thought about intarsia, but the more I think about it, the more doing it as a double knit would solve some other problems (more possible detail in the design, a thicker weight of blanket, don't need to worry about stockinette rolling.)

What I can't figure out is how much yardage to plan on. Various calculators have told me everything from 3500 yds to about 4500 yds (that's not assuming double knit, so I would double that.)

What I'm not sure about is:

1) Is that a good estimate? Too high? Too low?

2) How much is my needle size going to change things? (The estimates seem to assume US1-3 as the needle size: I'd prefer to knit on something slightly larger, but I'm not sure how much of the background colour would show through. Is swatching on US 5s even worth my time?)

3) My current plan is to order a few balls to do a test run with (knitting to the end of at least one color, so that I have an idea how many squares I can get with that.) and then place my order from there. (In this mode, double knitting actually makes the calculations a lot simpler in some ways, since it's full squares of each color used, not "mostly X color with a little Y, how do I calculate that?")

4) Is there anything in this equation I'm missing? Or other test knitting I should be contemplating? Or some other piece of this project I'm missing? (I have some existing yarn in the mail that I will practice double knitting with shortly.) I admit to some nervousness about joining the whole thing together at the end (leaning towards invisible stitching) but I am also okay with crossing that bridge later.
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[personal profile] xdawnfirex
So I wrote up the pattern for my baby blanket and uploaded it to Ravelry as a free download. If you'd like to have it, here's the link:

I would actually appreciate any feedback that anyone is willing to give, as in if it is clear and easy to understand and so forth.

I also added a note on the bottom of the pattern in response to someone claiming that my cast-on numbers were a typo. Hopefully it doesn't come across as too snarky. :D
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[personal profile] xdawnfirex
Finished the baby blanket! I've spent the last three nights frantically working because my friend Meaghan (whose sister is having the baby) is going down to Georgia next week and will be able to take the blanket when she goes. Last night (well, this morning about 3 a.m.) I finally finished it. As a side note, my hands were swollen and painful when I finished, and the numb part of my left hand (unrelated) was worse. So I'm taking a couple of days off from knitting to let my anatomy get less angry.

That said, I've just washed and blocked the blanket and it is currently laid out on my kitchen counter with a fan blowing on it. pic! )


The dimensions are approx. 29" wide by approx 42" tall.

ETA I forgot to mention: I was very surprised by how large this turned out to be. I measured it some while it was on the needles, and I thought I had about 27" of width - but I was measuring the side that turned out to be 42"! It's much bigger than I expected - but that's a good thing! :) I think I may actually write up a pattern for this.
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[personal profile] xdawnfirex
of startitis, I bring to you my improvised baby blanket!

pictures! )

I note now that I should have added a couple of extra rows to the long border, as 5 stitches is clearly thicker than 5 rows. But I didn't realize at the time, so it's just going to have to have a wider border at the sides than on the ends. *shrug*

When I'm done, I want to write up a pattern for it. I think it's going to be very, very nice. :D The yarn is Bernat Softee Baby in "Baby Denim Marle" and it's sooooooooooo soft. It's an absolute joy to knit with.
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[personal profile] ghoti
Does anyone have suggestions for baby-related things for one scheduled to arrive late-june-ish in a hot/humid climate? My usual blankets would probably be too warm.
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[personal profile] fish_echo
Sometimes I leap into things without thinking all the way through, without reading all the instructions, or without thinking ahead for all what the instructions might be...

Which is why I now have a patchwork blanket made with a variety of yarns to piece together, and I'm looking at the patches made with 100% cashmere yarn, wondering what to do next. I reclaimed the yarn from a jumper at a second hand store and the shoulder seams were reinforced with some non-cashmere yarn. Of course, it's not until now, when I've knit everything up, that I'm wondering if maybe that means that seaming is complicated when working with 100% cashmere yarn. (My original plan was to use blanket stitch on all the seams.)

So, does anyone have advice on what I should be doing with regards to seaming the 100% cashmere patches?


x-posted to fish-echo and [community profile] knitting


Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:00 am
jumpuphigh: Purple scarf on table shaped like a heart. (Knit heart)
[personal profile] jumpuphigh
I'm not officially participating in NaKniMo (Ravelry link) but I thought I would use the opportunity to get some projects completed and work on some others that I may or may not be able to complete.  Does anyone want to join me?

To be completed:
1) Scarf for my grandmother's birthday.  Needs tassels.
2) Dishcloth that I found this morning that has been bound off.  Just needs ends woven in. Finished Nov 2
3) Add snaps to baby bib.

To work on:
1) Scarf for barter.  Made with silk sari yarn.  Worked on it yesterday and today. 
2) Baby blanket.

[personal profile] closetedfangirl
I've joined the 52 Projects in 52 Weeks challenge group on Ravelry and we've had to post up our game plan for June. (Challenge starts on June 1.) plan for June:
  1. Nintendo DS case
  2. Scarf for Ally
  3. spin/ply 4 oz of stashed fiber
  4. dreamerknits’ heart and stars blanket - WIP rescue

The whole thing is probably wishful thinking for me, but oh well. Worth a shot :)



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