North Sea Shawls and the Tweed Baby Blanket

So, I attacked that new project like I had stated I would after my little fit of bragging. I have an attached pic. Sorry about it looking heavenly with a slight glow. Guess I need to clean my camera lens...

Anyway, I had completely forgot that I had another baby blanket to whip out. The dad to be sent me a text yesterday asking me if I could make them a blanket (He didn't know I had secretly planned to already, So secretly even I forgot all about it), which sent me into a whirl.

I had preselected Jared Floods Tweed Baby Blanket pattern. It looks pretty simple and straight forward, and I'm actually excited to tackle an I-cord bind off. I've yet to do one and it just seems fun. He has it outlined well and it makes sense in this head of mine.

So here's the question... Has anyone done this pattern and is there any glitches that a perusal of the pattern might not have caught?

May all your needles remain unbent/broken and your skeins unwind smoothly

PS: the pic of the blanket is from the original pattern.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice, Q. I've not knit the baby blanket but have made one similar, based upon Shetland shawls. Lots of luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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jessemkahn's picture

There's nothing wrong with a heavenly glow!

jessemkahn's picture

There's nothing wrong with a heavenly glow!

RickMartin's picture

I just recently finished an entrelac afghan with an I-cord bind off. I don't have a picture of it - my daughter snatched it up and took it home with her before I could snap one. The I-cord takes some time. I don't know how Jared recommends doing it, but I watched several youtube videos. The one I found easiest (because it was a big blanket I didn't want to try to pick up all the stitches all the way around as some recommended) was where you pick up several stitches (however many you're comfortable with) on a circular needle. And then actually work the I cord back and forth off of double pointed needles picking up one stitch from the circular needle each time you knit back to the afghan. This made for a lot less flipping the afghan back and forth, a lot less weight on the needles, and overall much easier than some of the other techniques I saw recommended. (My I-cord was 5 stitches wide with bulky weight yarn as I wanted it to form an "anchoring" border to the afghan.)


AKQGuy's picture

Thanks for the advice. I'll actually already have all my stitches on a circular needle for the outer lace edging of the blanket, so that won't be an issue, but I'm going to remember that advice for the next project.

Tallguy's picture

There really is no need to pick up any stitches at all, unless that is what you want to do (for whatever reason). When you need a stitch when doing the I-cord, just pick it up then. Makes it go much faster, I feel, but that is me. If you are knitting from the centre out, then they are already on the needle, waiting.

I-cord is great for an edge of a blanket. But be warned: it is going to take you forever and a day to do it! Simple, yet, oh, so boring!!!! And so very long to do. It takes about the same amount of time that the blanket took to knit alone.