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!!
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Entrelac baby blanket: almost there....
I'm really enjoying knitting this entrelac baby blanket and, despite being really busy this week, I have pressed on and managed to finish the main part. The top ball of wool in the photo is for the border. The others are what is leftover. I could probably have knitted another white, blue and green row. But the pink is almost all gone. All the balls of wool were partially used when I started, so there must have been less pink. I'm looking forward to making a few little hats with these oddments.
Today was the first time I have seen the blanket off the needles and laid out flat. I could almost hear it breathing a sigh of relief as I cast off the last row. It currently measures 26" x 32" but that will change when I add the border and block it. I haven't blocked it yet as Julie of Mack and Mabel, who wrote the pattern, advised me to add the border first. I'm really pleased with it. I went over it sewing in loose ends and checking for holes but, all things considered, it is a very good first attempt at entrelac.
Now I just need to add the border. There will be a slight delay in proceedings as I had to order the correct size circular needle. I had a very long pair of 4mm needles and managed to knit the main blanket on these. But the border calls for 3.25mm needles. It is knitted straight, not "in the round"; but my straight needles of this size are too short. I found a 100cm circular needle on Ebay for absolute peanuts and snapped it up. It will get plenty of use in future, so I am a happy bunny. I am normally more organised than this and would already have the needle waiting for me. But, hey ho, I can always find something else to do until it arrives. Hopefully my next photo will show the finished blanket.
This is the pattern I am following. It is well written and comes with loads of photos.