Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower FO

Source: Free Ravelry Download
Yarn: 4 Balls Remnant Moda Dea Washable Wool(Yellow) 2 Balls Diamond Luxury DK (4995 Lt.Blue)
Size: 32"x25"
Needles: 5mm (Yellow Section) 4mm (Blue Section Yarn held double)
Start: June 30 Finish: November 18, 2012

It was bitter sweet knitting with Moda Dea the first time - 'loving the unique braided texture even as I cast on while knowing it was discontinued so there would likely be no "next time" knitting with it. I bought extra "just in case" yarn  then didn't end up even using as much as originally planned. This left four balls remnant - enough, in fact, to afford a "next time" after all!

Well almost...

Within a few days knitting of casting on the remnant yardage yielded a (pre blocked) 22" long panel - waaaay short of the 32" I was going for. I planned a gender-specific contrast coloured panel to complete the project to the requisite length once I had a recipient in mind and set the whole thing aside.

My Beloved's niece delivered an adorable little boy "recipient" a couple of weeks ago so I went looking for either a blue or cream yarn and decided on this lovely soft light blue DK.

The blue dk, lighter than the yellow worsted, demanded I hold the yarn double and move down to a 4mm Addi circ from the 5mm Bamboo I used with the yellow yarn. This took some fiddling around to get right but yielded a nice matching appearance and texture.

The doubled section was naturally a bit stiff but a Eucalan bath and slightly aggressive blocking created a heavenly soft, cozy cover with beautiful drape - perfect for tucking around a swaddled wintertime infant!

I have to say though my favourite feature of this blanket are the garter ends knit in even more remnant worsted.

These are woolly wool yarns - my current rage - each a bit darker/richer in colour than the sections they each terminate.

I love how they turn the practical necessity of the bi-coloured blanket into looking like an aesthetically planned pattern!

And speaking of the pattern...I could see this becoming a favourite baby gift to knit. Lovely mindless knitting yielding something modern and practical. It also does great justice to the look and feel of superwash yarn - especially when its hand dyed. Check out "Sketchbook"'s version on Ravelry. It makes me want to knit lap-sized one up for myself!

When knitting works out it's such a rush isn't it? Non-knitters can't appreciate that notion at all but I'm sure you'll agree that power of the rush helps keep you going through the tough moments that are (at least for me) always inevitably ahead.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Its such fun to share an FO!

1 comment:

Brendaknits said...

Not to mention that colour blocking is so IN this yer. It looks lovely.