Back in November last year I made a chevron blanket for my good friend Kersti. It was originally meant to be for her sister as a Christmas present, but she loved it so much she kept it for herself…now that’s one happy customer!!!
I loved knitting this, and even loved the shades of black and grey, even though they are a bit more sombre than my usual knitting. The end result turned out really well.
The pattern is actually really easy to knit up, it just takes a couple of rows to get used to it, and then it flies off the needles.
I loved making this blanket so much I made one in some blues and greens for Max, so watch this space.
Max, our little bundle of joy, is a “rainbow baby”. A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.
Since Luke’s arrival 4 years ago we’ve had to go through the loss of 4 pregnancies. I only tend to get emotional about these at certain times, and I am a strong believer in the fact that it’s nature at work.
So when we found out that Max was ‘sticking’ around I knew that I wanted to knit some “rainbow” related things, in particular this baby blanket.
I used this pattern, which was a fantastically easy pattern. I know it looks very complicated, but it’s actually really straightforward to knit. The effect though, is brilliant!
I decided to knit this up as a cotton blanket, using DROPS Muskat, as I had plans for a woollen one with different colours. I decided on these particular colours as they show the wonderful gradient of a rainbow.
I also made the blanket extra large, so I am not sure I can actually call it a baby blanket. I wanted to make sure that Max can use it for a fairly long time, especially as the blanket I made for Luke is now very small and he’s just rediscovered it for his use.
This was the last project I finished in 2014. It’s for a fellow childminder and friend who had a gorgeous little boy, Leon, last Thursday.
I used DROPS Muskat to knit this pattern. And before I even started I had a question for the designer Laura Aylor and she responded within 2 or 3 minutes clarifying my question, what amazing service!
I doubled the stitches as I wanted to make sure it was the right width, which actually turned it into a massive blanket. It means that the stripes are going vertical rather than horizontal, but I actually think it worked out really well.
My friend wanted rainbow colours, so I picked these primary colour with the white wave going through.
I added a crochet border using all the colours that I used in the blanket.
I didn’t realise how big the blanket actually was until I took it off my needles…although I had wondered why it was taking me so long :-).
I LOVE how this turned out, the colours go so really well together and the wave just makes it so pretty. It’s an easy pattern to learn, but the shortened rows mean that one of the stripes actually took a while due to having to go back and forth.
And my friend loves it, she’s already had loads of compliments on the blanket.
And would you look at this gorgeous little boy wrapped in this amazing blanket!
My old neighbours and good friends had a gorgeous baby girl earlier in the year. I’ve been meaning to post about the collection of things I made for them, but somehow haven’t got round to them. I remembered now as they’re moving to South Africa next week, a day that I knew was coming, but have been trying not to think about. So, firstly I made them a baby blanket.
I used DROPS Paris yarn for this and because they knew they were having a girl I decided on this pink and green combo.
I think the green works really well with the pink. I decided on a simple four purl and four knit stitches and then changing it after four rows.
And I think my friends liked it for their gorgeous little girl Skyla.
I just can’t believe they are going to be back home to South Africa, even though the last few years I’ve only seen them occasionally, the fact that they were just down the road made it much easier.
Friends of ours who had moved back to Australia had a little darling girl in March. And since I knew that they were expecting back in September I started knitting a baby blanket for them.
Because they live in Australia I decided on cotton and I chose DROPS Muskat, which has a lovely shine to it. They didn’t know that they were having a girl, so I decided on a bright and colourful blanket. I had even more colours to pick from, but I’m actually really pleased with the end result, the colours just work really well together. As you can see I stuck to a straightforward garter stitch, which made this blanket a relatively easy and quick knit, although I did take my time as I had some Christmas knitting to do in between starting and finishing it. And of course I added my lovely logo that I ordered from a lady in France. Here’s the finished blanket that I sent on its way once I heard that my friends daughter had been born. However, not having heard anything I recently checked with my friend and it turns out that they had moved and even though they had a redirection from their previous address any parcels they were expecting didn’t make it to their new place.
So, it looks like this rather lovely blanket has been lost :-(.
The third instalment of 2012 in review. As it was the summer I didn’t post as muchd as earlier or later in the year, it’s odd really, I did the same thing in 2011. I guess I’m busier and enjoying the sunshine!
I knitted this blanket for a good friend in Australia. You might remember I knitted her two similar versions a couple of years ago. Both of them have now found good homes, one with her niece and the other awaiting the arrival of another niece or nephew of hers.
My friend also picked the colours, and even though initially I had thought that it might not be so nice for baby blankets. But I actually think it works really well.
And my friend also wanted me to knit the same pattern I did back then, which I did. Although I think I might have got the stitch count wrong as this one seems more more a square than a rectangle.
It doesn’t matter though, because my friend really loves it.
I’ve been quiet over here for a while, I know. We got back from our trip to my mum’s on 13th August, but I was really, really busy finishing the blanket for my brother and his wife for their wedding present. We were there last weekend and I was able to present it to them, the absolutely loved it. So without further ado, here are some pictures. I ended up with 44 squares.
This meant that I knitted a square of each colour twice so that it would be big enough. I used the patterns for the individual squares from this pattern. And then I was trying to arrange it, which was harder than I thought it would be. But the end result turned out really nice, and I’m going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking.