Friday, August 29, 2014

Wesley Crib Blanket Pattern


This simple blanket pattern uses log cabin techniques to create a cozy keepsake for the modern crib or stroller.  Make one for a small human in your life.


Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in 4 colors. Sample shown uses Lion Brand Wool-Ease.
Color A (dark grey): 394 yards
Color B (dark blue): 394 yards
Color C (light blue-green): 394 yards
Color D (light grey): 194 yards

Size 9 circular needle, 32" or longer, or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle

Size: 30 inches x 48 inches

Gauge: 14 stitches per 4 inches in garter stitch

Note:  Blanket is worked back and forth on circular needle.  Stitches are picked up and bound off with right side facing.  Two rows of knitting create one garter ridge (wrong side + right side = one garter ridge).  When counting garter ridges, the last row will be the bindoff row worked on the right side.

Pattern

Blocks

Block A:  With Color A, cast on 50 stitches.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 25 garter ridges (50 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Block B: With Color B, pick up and knit 50 stitches from the bindoff row of Block A, with right side facing.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 25 garter ridges (50 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches.  Break yarn.

Block C: With Color C, pick up and knit 50 stitches from the bindoff row of Block B, with right side facing.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 25 garter ridges (50 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Stripes

Stripe 1: Turn piece lengthwise with Block A to your right and Block C to your left.
With right side facing and Color D, beginning with the corner of Block A, pick up and knit in each slipped stitch along the edge of Blocks A, B, and C.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 12 garter ridges (24 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Stripe 2: With Color A, pick up and knit all stitches from the bindoff row of Stripe 1, with right side facing.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 12 garter ridges (24 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Stripe 3: With Color B, pick up and knit all stitches from the bindoff row of Stripe 2, with right side facing.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 12 garter ridges (24 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Stripe 4: With Color C, pick up and knit all stitches from the bindoff row of Stripe 3, with right side facing.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 12 garter ridges (24 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Border

Edge 1: Turn piece so that Stripes are to the right and Blocks are to the left.
With right side facing and Color D, beginning with the corner of Stripe 4, pick up and knit in each slipped or bound off stitch along the row.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 2 garter ridges (4 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. DO NOT break yarn.

Edge 2: Rotate piece 90 degrees to the right.  Continuing with Color D, pick up and knit in each slipped or bound off stitch along the row.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 2 garter ridges (4 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. DO NOT break yarn.

Edge 3: Rotate piece 90 degrees to the right.  Continuing with Color D, pick up and knit in each slipped or bound off stitch along the row.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 2 garter ridges (4 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. DO NOT break yarn.

Edge 4: Rotate piece 90 degrees to the right.  Continuing with Color D, pick up and knit in each slipped or bound off stitch along the row.
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, knit to end.
Repeat this row, slipping the first stitch on each row, knitting back and forth to create 2 garter ridges (4 rows).
With right side facing, bind off all stitches. Break yarn.

Finishing

Weave in ends.  Block if desired.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Descending into Madness

I have been participating in Sock Madness for the first time.  I am a member of Team Courageous.  The competition is currently in Round 3, and so far I am still in it!  My husband has co-opted both my round 2 and 3 pairs as they are a bit big for me. 

Gray socks below are round one, Brucies.  Purple socks are round two, Diamond Shreddies. Rainbow cuff socks are around three when they were in progress, Rainbow Pipes and Linen Stitch.

While waiting for the next round to begin, I have been working on a log cabin baby blanket for a friend from work.  Also have a second impending workplace baby to knit for and have no clue what to start.

In a moment of weakness, since the Madness has been so enjoyable, I also signed up for Tour de Sock, and will be knitting along with other members of my Sock Madness team.

Note to self: Self, the entrelac blanket WIP is in the office closet. You will not remember on your own.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tiny Trees

These are too cute: Pint Sized Pines

Have a bag of green and greenlike scraps with me as we travel today to give it a shot.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Run Up Cowl

My husband is riding a cyclocross race tomorrow, and the kids are planning to go watch. It's going to be really cold, so knitterly logic leads me to knit something today. Pulled a skein of Malabrigo Rasta out if the stash and one gymnastics lesson later I have this snugly cowl.

Pattern is LTYC Super Bulky Cowl, free in Ravelry, and perfect for this yarn! Would be an excellent last minute holiday gift.





Saturday, November 09, 2013

Love at First Sight

One of the tasks in a current challenge in the Stash Knit Down group that I frequent on Ravelry is to take an impulse buy from the stash and make something with it, which is why you bought it in the first place.  Spent time today swatching and working out a chart for a shawl design.  Have cast on now in some blue-grey Malabrigo Sock that I picked up on our vacation to Cambria last year, in the spirit of using up some of the too-nice-to-use stash. May have overdone the knitting today as my elbow is complaining, but it's hard to stop when I want to see how it's going to turn out.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Knit or Treat

This is how much 2x2 rib I got done walking with my trick or treater, before the cold and dark increased too much.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Second Sleeve Saturday

Have pulled my Vitamin D sweater from the WIP cabinet after a run of making baby gifts. Finished the last bit of the first sleeve last night and picked up stitched for the second before going to bed. This morning the second sleeve and I are watching the girls practice balance beam. 

Why do I have yarn for three more fingering weight sweaters when I haven't ever knit one before this?