Am I working on a blanket for our Grandson, using the wool I chose for him in Arizona last Spring, and hauled all the way back to Canada? Sigh.
A friend of our daughters bought him a BEAUTIFUL baby blanket, that was crochet out of the exact same wool. Since he doesn't need two ... I had all this lovely, soft, blue/green/yellow wool sitting in my stash. Enough to make Ethan dozens of hats, ha ha.
A co-worker of my husband welcomed a baby boy into their family, so I thought I'd use this special, oh-so-soft yarn and whip up a little stroller blanket as our gift to him. Do I follow a pattern and make a swatch so I know how big the blanket will turn out? Sigh.
The yarn is a bulky (5) weight, so I didn't want to struggle with my small gauge baby afghan loom. Instead I pulled out this long green Knifty Knitter loom and all but three pegs are in use. I'm knitting it as a flat panel, not as a double knit piece.
Since I now have a notebook and keep track of such things, I knew to expect a fair amount of shrinkage using this stitch pattern. You can see how much in the photo above -- compare the ends of the loom to the cast-on edge!
I figured if turns out smaller than I intended (mostly due to the stitch pattern shrinkage) - I can always crochet a wide border. Or loom knit a border and attach that to the blanket. I knew I had options, so I wasn't too concerned. But you do have to be aware of this!
You can see in the photo above, I e-wrap 3 pegs, skip one and e-wrap the next 3 - all the way across, around and back across the back side of the loom.
The upside to this stitch pattern? It's FAST. Really fast. You are basically e-wrapping and knitting over the whole thing.
The down side? Other than the shrinkage, the cast-on edge rolls a little. Again, I wasn't concerned as I planned on added a crochet border - even just a single crochet all around to finish it off. The other down side, is that there is an obvious right side - I don't think I like the look of the inside, but - we will see how I feel once the blanket is completed.
When I'm done this, I'm going to make Ethan a hat using 'his' wool. :-)
**Note, at this point I am not going to move my loom knit projects from Altered Scrapbooking over to this blog. If you are curious, look to the labels on the right side of that blog and you can click on Loom Knitting, or Knifty Knitter to see those projects.
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