Jamaica Mitered Square Baby Blanket
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I made this blanket for my niece when she was born. I was looking for an interesting and modern color and design, and this pattern and yarn fit the bill!
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used US Size 6 straight bamboo needles, and 5 skeins of Katia Jamaica cotton yarn. The needles came from my LYS, and the yarn was purchased on ebay. I chose the cotton, self-patterning/striping yarn to make the blanket machine washable, soft, and with an interesting pattern.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The design is based on one called "Mitered square Blanket" from Mason Dixon Knitting - except I cast on a different number of stitches. I chose these colors because they were interesting and beautiful, and flowed nicely into the mitered square pattern.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I didn't have anything terrible happen while I was knitting - in fact, between the pleasure the yarn was to knit with, and the amazing color patterns that emerged from the yarn as I knit and assembled the squares, this project was one of the most rewarding I've ever attempted! I finished the blanket in about 2 weeks.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I began this blanket by casting on 54 stitches per square, and then following the pattern to knit 36 individual mitered squares. Then, I laid them out into a random pattern and pieced 9 total squares together. I then seamed these 9 squares together into one large square blanket, then picked up and knit a garter-stitch border of about 6 rows around the entire blanket.