Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Shiner

TOF's niece is having a baby in April so of course knitting is in order.  After checking with the grandmother-to-be, I opted for a blankie, any number of socks and some little jackets.

Spotlight had 8ply Sports Support yarn for $1.99 a ball during the after Christmas sale.  A 50/50 wool/acrylic blend, it's quite nice on the hand but I suspect may pill a bit.  This gorgeous royal purple is in the "Plum" colourway.  A very scientific poll of knittes and their fellas last week decided that the colour should be "Shiner".

The pattern is adapted from a freebie on the BBC website.  It's a diagonal garter stitch square knitted from 4 x 50 gram balls of 8ply yarn.  Improvised the ruffle edge from the remaining 2 x 50g balls as I wasn't fussed on the lace edging (little fingers, eyelets, not a good combo),

Using a 150cm circular needle, I knitted up stitches all around the edge (from between the edge bumps) and joined in the round.  The frill took almost every bit of the two balls.

First Round:  K1, Kf&b, repeat all around
Second Round: Purl
Third Round: Knit
Fourth Round: Purl
Fifth Round: K1, Kf&b, repeat all around
Sixth Round: Purl
Change to 4.5mm needle
Seventh Round: Knit
Eighth Round: Purl
Continue alternating knit and purl rounds until sick to death of doing 600+ stitch rounds, or the ruffle is deep enough, or in this case, until the wool ran out. (about 10 rounds)
Cast off in knit, or if enough wool, a picot cast off would be nice.

Finished dimensions 22" along each side.

I love this blankie and will knit it again and when I do it will be a little larger and the frill a little deeper.


Michelle said...

Ooh! I really like this! Lovely having the ruffle too.

Priscilla said...

The blanket is beautiful! I like the ruffle, too. I think it is better than a lacy edging. I'm also impressed that you got it knitted up so quickly. (Hmm, maybe I should think about knitting preemie blankets rather than crocheting them. Off to ponder the baby yarn stash!)

2paw said...

I love the colour and the ruffle finishes it off so nicely!!

Donna Lee said...

Nice baby color. And I agree with the lace/little fingers assessment! The ruffle is less likely to cause tangles.

happyspider said...

So cute :) ruffle turned out brilliantly!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Personally, I think the ruffle makes the blanket.

Lynne said...

Borders of any kind always make a blanket look more "finished" - I like your ruffle very much.

Olivia said...

It's great and I really want to try that ruffle. A friend is having a baby this year (and when isn't that true? Ditto for weddings, if only I could knit those presents) so I might give it a go soon.