Doug, one our employees, and his wife will be having their first baby in May. I wanted to make something special for them, so I decided to create a vintage-style baby blanket that looks nice on both sides and is machine washable.
After searching hundreds of patterns, I didn't see anything that truly inspired me so I went to foundational stitch dictionaries like A Second Treasury of Knitting Patternsby Barbara Walker and The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida. Among these I found a cute garter stitch lace edging and matching star stitch pattern. I changed my increases to yarn overs instead of M1p to make the fabric more lightweight and it also made it a little easier to knit.
Creating a pattern and knitting this blanket in 3 days posed a few challenges to overcome. Here's a few of them:
Pattern: TheTwinkle Star Baby Blanket by Kelley Hobart. This is a free download on Alpaca Direct.
Yarn: I used2 skeins of Sueno DK in each color 1116 Ballet Slipper and 1108 Shifting Sands.
Needles: Chiaogoo Red Lace US #5 and #8’s 32 inch circulars or in size needed to obtain gauge.
Stitch markers: Locking stitch markers from Alpaca Direct
Here's a quick tutorial on the Star Stitch (About 1 minute)
There is also a little technique in this pattern that can be tricky so I made a video to show you how to Purl Yarn Overs Through the Back Loop (About 2 minutes)
Here's a replay of my Technique Tuesday episode where I shared my challenges with making this blanket and the star stitch techniques to bring it to life! (About 30 minutes)
I hope enjoy knitting this vintage blanket and it finds it's way to a wonderful baby being welcomed into our world. :)
Many of us knit garments and accessories, but not home decor pieces. Kelley is working on her Cable Channel Knit-Along project, which is a pillow cover, and it got me thinking about all of the cool projects you can knit to bring your love of fiber into your home. Get your knit decor on with six of my favorite patterns from Alpaca Direct!
Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.
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