Monday, 19 January 2015

a snuggly hand knitted striped blanket

I gifted a hand knitted merino wool blanket to my sister Danielle for Christmas last year. The pattern started off from Purl Bee and evolved into my own design with knitted borders to both long edges. Danielle said she liked stripey blankets and she got just that. I knitted some borders with a whole ball of yarn and then others smaller with yarn in my stash.It was all knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in red, duck egg, apple, dark lavender, bluebell, pink plus another I can't remember! It took me just under 5 months to knit and I finished it at midnight (or just about) on the 23rd December 2014! I started it early but because I added to the plain design it took a little longer.

If you want to make one yourself I cast on 135 stitches onto size 4.5mm circular needed. Each and every row is knitted making it the perfect tv companion project and at the beginning I took it to work until it got too heavy. You don't have to use merino, I'd like to try my next one in Women's Institute yarn from Hobbycraft - its on offer 3 for 2!


7 comments:

Mitzi said...

A beautiful gift for a very lucky sister. I have used thecWI wool from Hobbycraft and it knits and crochets well. I included a couple of balls in my giveaway last year which went to Kate at Just Pootling. She used some of it to make a hot water bottle cover.

mamasmercantile said...

Stunning, a wonderful gift made with love. I love the colour combination.

Bridget said...

Gorgeous. I love the way you photograph your knitting/crochet. I just lay mine on our table! I must try to be more creative with them!

Joanne Wilson said...

It looks great, I bet your sister loved it. I've just finished knitting a checked sort of pattern blanket & I'm in the middle of all that pesky sewing up! I've bought some of WI stuff from Hobbycraft but haven't used it yet. It does feel nice & squishy though.

Jo said...

It's fabulous, I love it. I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto in Aran before, it's such a luxury yarn, so soft and squishy, your sister is very lucky to have such a beautiful blanket. I've made a few crochet blankets now but I've never knitted one, I would like to though.

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful and kind gift! It will be treasured for many a year I am sure. xx

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

A lovely blanket, the colours look great together, lucky sister!
Caz xx