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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.  

10 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Una even without the border can't wait to see it completely finished. :)

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  2. Congratulations on getting the blanket off the needles! You have done an amazing job on it - it is one of the prettiest baby blankets I have ever seen.

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  3. This blanket is so interesting, Una. I've enjoyed watching your updates with it. I really love how it's turning out.

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  4. You've made a fantastic job of this unusual design. Hope you get your new needle quickly so that you can finish it soon. I'm sure you'll enjoy making some little hats after this larger project.

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  5. WOW!! This is looking gorgeous!! well done, I am very impressed that this was your first go at entrelac!

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  6. This looks great! I can't wait to see it completely finished! Well done!

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  7. Your blanket has turned out lovely. Of the many, many patterns I have done in knitting, this is one I haven't tried yet. It is a lovely pattern and I really should have a go at it.
    Cheers, Anita.

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    1. Same here.....this type of knitting fascinated me. I'm glad I had a go at it.

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  8. Your blanket is looking great. How will you follow that ?!

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    1. I'm going to knit a few small things like hats and baby jumpers. But I enjoy knitting blankets and am already planning my next one.....watch this space!

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