I (finally) finished the Blue Striped Blanket from Knit in a Day for Baby. It took a couple of months, but only 2 or 3 real sittings. The baby I plan to give this to won't be here until sometime in February, and the baby shower isn't until January. But the big Christmas crafting frenzy will begin soon, and I wanted this little blanket to be all finished up with time to spare. So I sat down a few weekends ago and took care of this nonsense.
Note: weaving in these ends wouldn't be an issue if I had stuck with the pattern, which is just blue and white yarn and carrying your strands. I'd love to try it sometime, and I think that would certainly shave hours off the crafting time that went into this afghan. But I really wanted greens and browns in with the cream and navy blue, and I had a lot of scraps that went beautifully together.
I watched some of that Norwegian knitting competition online while I worked and that made the time fly! Once I had all those ends woven in, it was time to pick up those stitches on the sides and knit a garter stitch border the length of the stockinette portion.
Then it was time for more stitching!
I'm not the best at seaming, but the garter stitch and super bulky yarn made for quick work and it holds together pretty well.
After a wash, and maybe a run through the dryer--or not, the yarn will be fine either way. It's Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and it's easy to care for--the stitches will sit a bit more comfortably and this will lay quite nicely. The garter stitch border keeps the stockinette edges from curling up, and I really love the blue edges.
Which, by the way, is on all four sides. You start the bottom edge with rows of garter stitch and then you finish....like this!
You get to finish up by joining all three sections of knitting with a few rows of garter stitch! Switching around the colors and weaving and ends and knitting up the edge strips and sewing them to the blanket was not especially tricky, but finishing with a few rows of simple garter stitch (oh, how I love thee!) was a nice relaxing way to wrap up this whole thing. Also, I used plastic knitting needles because that's what I had on hand but I've learned that I don't like plastic knitting needles--especially ones as big as a Size 13. The yarn just d-r-a-g-g-e-d across the plastic needles I foolishly bought because they were on sale. Never again! Bamboo all the way!
But I did like the pattern and I LOVE the finished product.
This little blanket is small enough for a stroller or car seat ride, but plenty large and thick enough to make some padding on the floor during tummy time. And maybe the little recipient can wrap himself up in it when he's a little bigger and wants to feel cozy on the couch when he watches Saturday morning cartoons.
This was a relatively fast knit, but I still had plenty of time to think good thoughts and wishes for my friend and her growing family while I worked. I know she's going to love it, and I hope someday her little boy does too.