Just got an email that the project is going to run on the Lion Brand Studio Blog on May 24th!
It's been a while since I've posted anything, but wanted to share pics of my latest project. I've been knitting so many projects in dark colors and was thrilled to get back to some color work. This was my first baby project and my friends didn't know ahead of time if they were having a boy or girl (it was a girl), so I wanted to find a balance between typical 'boy' and 'girl' colors and I wanted to use something other than pastels.
The blanket was knit with Lion Brand Micro Spun, a blend of acrylic and microfiber that's machine washable and dryable. I found the stitch in "The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques" by Margaret Radcliffe (Waffle Check, p. 46) and used the gray as the main color, alternating other colors every few rows, using Fibonacci numbers as a guideline. Finished size was approx. 40 inches by 40 inches (with border) and required 7 skeins of Silver, 3 skeins of Lilac (due to the Icord border), 2 Mango, and 1 each of Purple, Fuchsia, and Buttercup. I've probably got enough left over to make a nice scarf.
The blanket was knit on #6 ( 4.25mm) needles and although you can't see it, I carried the yarn up the sides as much as possible to minimize the ends that would have to be woven in once it was finished. I wasn't sure if I would add a border or not while I was knitting it, so I slipped the first stitch of each row to create a nice selvage.
Once it was finished, I felt that the gray/silver yarn had muted the brightness of the colors and I wanted to add a little bit more of a color, so decided to add the I-cord border afterwards. I followed the directions in "Handknitting with Meg Swansen" by Meg Swansen (p. 81, Applied I-cord). I kind of dreaded the idea of doing all of that I-cord, but to be honest it went quickly and was really easy to do once I got it started. Once it was finished, I joined the ends by sewing the last row of stitches from the needle to the first row.
That about sums it up, if you have any questions, let me know!