So far I’m keeping to my resolutions: I haven’t bought any more yarn, I’ve been working on those crochet patterns, and I’ve got a few projects going. I’d like to share one in particular with you, my ASPEN Blanket by Go-Girl Knitting (which I’m affectionately calling The Blanket Everyone Wants, because ecru/cream colored chunky-knit cabled blankets are EVERYWHERE right now, everyone really does seem to want one)! Here’s what I’ve got so far:
It’s probably going to be about 60″ wide (hard to tell yet) and I’ve got 17 balls of Garnstudio DROPS Andes in 0100 Ecru (Super Bulky, 65% wool, 35% alpaca) so I’ll keep going until I run out!
I’m loving my progress so far and I know I’ll love the blanket when I’m done, but I’ve got a couple of qualms. Let me make you a list!
- The pattern is $6 but it turns out to be a really simple pattern that repeats, and it all fits on a plain 1 pg PDF. A little expensive for what you get, methinks, especially considering the next 2 points…
- The pattern calls for US 50 needles but many of the projects already made on Ravelry used US 35/36 needles because the 50s made the blanket too loose (even though the yarn is held double throughout). I therefore started with my US 36 needles but it was STILL too loose, so I frogged and went down to a US 19.
- Because of the needle size changes I made, I also had to adjust the pattern to keep the width of the blanket about the same, so I added 2 of the pattern repeats, making the CO jump from 72 to 106.
On the positive side, it’s working up fairly quickly and it’s still soft and plushy! I used the long-tailed cast-on for a neat-looking but stretchy bottom edge, I’m slipping the 1st st of each row purl-wise for neater side edges, and I think I’m going to try to make the yarn joins as invisible as possible by “spit-splicing,” which I learned about via YouTube video (yes, it is what it sounds like it is).
So far I’m really enjoying it, and I’ll probably update with photos on Instagram in between updates here, if you’re interested in finding me there!
Well, that’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!