I finished it! I finished knitting the Basket Weave blanket pattern from Precious Knit Blankies for Baby in time to give it my cousin-in-law at her baby shower this weekend.
I was almost immediately outshone by an aunt who made a full-sized quilt and hand-quilted it, but whatever. We're here to talk about this little knit blanket.
Full disclosure: the quilt was beautiful.
Okay. The blanket! Like I said last time, this is knitted on #10 needles with two strands of worsted weight yarn held double. My joints haven't entirely recovered, but that doesn't take away from the loveliness of this little blanket. But I will say that I would probably move up to #10 1/2 needles if I made this again. This is a dense knitted fabric, and a little more looseness would probably be fine. It would also cut down on some of the yarn wrestling. This took less yarn than I expected, and I get to take my 'insurance skein' back to the store. Or maybe not. This is still my new favorite yarn color and I think it pairs beautifully with browns and reds.
|Or at least that's what I thought when I staged it against this reddish-brown dresser.|
One thing I would change, though, is small but worth mentioning. The instructions tell you to end on Row 2 or Row 8 of the body before you move on to the garter stitch border. It's a purl row. DON'T DO IT! End on Row 1 or Row 7, which is a knit row. Working that row of purls in the body leaves you with a visible row of stockinette before you move on to the garter stitch border. This doesn't happen at the beginning of the pattern.
And that one little row keeps the basket weave pattern from moving straight to the garter stitch border, which makes your top and bottom edges inconsistent and doesn't look as put-together(or so I think).
|Less than perfect.|
It's a small detail, but it's one that will probably wake me up in the middle of the night with fury and humiliation. I didn't realize the extent of the mistake until it was too late. When I pointed the problem out to a couple of friends, they kindly asked "Do you think a normal person would really have a problem with this?" Probably not. I certainly didn't point it out to anyone at the shower! But I thought I'd let you know if you planned on knitting this yourself. Which I totally still recommend. This is a great blanket!
And I like how puffy the knitted sections look. The only thing that would make this look better (aside from that other thing) would be if this had a baby to go with it. But that's a problem that will be taken care of soon enough. I can't wait.