Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
The Ocean Blanket is born...
The next few weeks are going to be very hectic for me. I just need a mindless project to keep my knitting ticking over. I always admire the crochet ripple blankets that I see a lot of, but I am still a crochet novice and counting stitches on every row doesn't qualify as "mindless". So I was delighted when I found a pattern for a knitted version of a ripple blanket.
Here is the pattern You have to scroll quite a long way down the webpage to find the free blanket patterns.
It is knitted with 2 strands of dk yarn held together so it will grow quickly. It is also a very simple pattern consisting of 7 rows of garter stitch and 1 row of easy increases and decreases to make the ripples.
I decided that the obvious colour for a wavy blanket was blue so I sorted through my bag of bargain yarn and fished out various shades of blue and a little white. I'm aiming for a blanket approximately 36" square and might or might not use all the wool in the first photo.
The next photo shows what the blanket looks like now. It is progressing reasonably quickly as there are "only" 150 stitches per row. I'm not in any rush as this is intended to be a project that will calm me down during the hectic weeks ahead.
Eagle-eyed readers might be able to spot a colour change in the last few rows. I thought about changing colour for every 8 row pattern repeat. That would have made it look more like the lovely crochet ripple blankets. But it would also have wasted yarn or caused much unnecessary stress as I tried to calculate whether or not I had enough wool for 8 whole rows. I'm just going to keep knitting until each ball of wool is finished.....or in other words "Keep Calm and Carry On Knitting".