by Megan Grewal
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)
Jadyn Blanket #1
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I knit this blanket for my son, now 13 months old and named after my cousins daughter. I wanted a blanket that was warm, colourful, and that would help his sensory development. I also wanted a blanket that was easy and quick, but eye catching.
It is knit entirely in the round, from the center out, beginning with Judy's Magic cast on. It is rectangular, as opposed to the more common square shape. As I went, I added nupps for visual and texture effect. They are perfect for little fingers to fondle and grip. To finish off the blanket, I did an i-cord bind off, leaving a nice finished edge.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I chose a US7 (4.5mm) circular needles to give me a nice drapey fabric; good for tucking my son in :) For yarn, I chose Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool (from elann.com) and Cascade 220 (from my local yarn shop). There are 12 colours total, in a random striping pattern. I chose wool as it is warm, but breathes enough so that my son doesn't get too hot.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I knit a pair of socks using Judy's magic cast on and began using it in my mind for all different possibilities. I thought I would test it out on a much needed baby blanket. I also love knitting in the round, using random striping patterns, and i-cord is my favorite finishing for edges.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
The only problem I ran into was knitting the i-cord edge a little too tightly. I would definitely go up a needle size and ease up on my tension. Otherwise, this was very easy and quick to knit. It took me approximately 8 hours total.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Knitting is my passion and I am a new designer. I love knitting for my 8 children and am always dreaming of new garments to knit for them :)