garter stitch blanket: ta da!

Started in May of 2014, this blanket really seems to have been a long time in the making.  I am so, so pleased with how it turned out!

garter stitch blanket

 

Using KnitPicks’ Comfy Worsted yarn (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic), this stretchy, cozy, soft blanket measures about 42″ wide by 66″ high, perfect for a lap blanket or curling up in a chair (in particular the leather chair pictured).  I used 3 skeins of each of the 5 color blocks and 1 skein for the darker gray border:

garter stitch blanket border

 

It’s crocheted!  I thought after posting about the books that included both knitting and crocheting I would mix it up a bit and try something new, and I really like it.  I only wish I’d had enough yarn to go around a 3rd, 4th, or even 5th time, but I’d have to order more yarn and I’m so excited to be done after over a year that I can’t wait anymore!

The border is not nearly as stretchy as the body of the blanket, though, and I hope it doesn’t become a problem in the future.  It wouldn’t look very nice if the knitted portion expanded a great deal over time or in the wash and the crocheted border stubbornly remained the same size.  We shall see.

Now I’m all ready to go and start a knitted sweater, but I have a feeling my enthusiasm would not last the full time required by the project.  Crochet really is so much faster!

Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. That’s beautiful!

  2. Very nice!

    Colletta

  3. Just lovely and the color combo is perfect! I can totally relate to your border quandary wishing you had enough yarn for more rounds.

    Best
    Sheila

  4. Wow! That is a lot of knitting! The crochet edging, being all the same weight of yarn, should hold/stretch fine after washing. Blocking is always an option! Kudo’s for a job well done!

    • Thank you! 🙂 Blocking might be a good idea, but I have no idea where I’d block something so large! How do you block large items?

      • When blocking larger items I usually block them a section at a time. OR you can block them by pinning the entire thing to the top of a bed. Lay an inexpensive drop cloth underneath to keep the bed from getting wet. Then set a fan, preferable one that oscillates, to blow across the project for a speedier drying. IF that isn’t an option then you can do the same thing on a carpeted floor. Hope that helps? I have used a table with a mat underneath for a slightly larger area than an ironing board offers. I support the excess by draping over chair backs and bunching into the chair seats for support. This keeps it from pulling while blocking the given areas. Then fold the blocked areas towards the unblocked as you work along the length, laying it across an adjusted ironing board against the table or on the chair. Hope this helps. 😀

  5. I love it! I would like to have the pattern to make it myself. Where can I find it?

  6. catluvinlady2001 says:

    I love it! How do I get a copy of the pattern to make it myself?

    • I didn’t actually use a pattern, I just cast on a number of stitches I thought would be good to make a throw-size blanket and knit in each color until I ran out, then added 2 rounds of the sc border. Hope that helps!

  7. catluvinlady2001 says:

    Great Job! I love all your work.

  8. So pretty 🙂

  9. Margaret says:

    Wish you can share another pattern like you strippey blanket on the go. We in S.A.
    Just fell in love with it.!!!

  10. it’s lovely! I’m glad you decided to stick with it. It would be wonderful during the cold days of your winter.

  11. It turned out beautifully! Love the colors and it looks so soft and cuddly! Great job! I think you should go for the knitted sweater. I love the look of knitting (and prefer knitting to crocheting) in garments. I think you will be great at it. It does take more time, but the results are wonderful.

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