Leftover yarn zig-zag blanket
by Laura Yasaitis
(Hanover, NH US)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I often knit blankets and sweaters for other people's children, so when I found I was having a boy, I made this blanket using leftover yarn from other baby projects. Knitting an intarsia pattern on the diagonal was a great way to use up the yarn and make a beautiful blanket too. The pattern of increases and decreases turned a straight diagonal into a zig-zag, which I only discovered after the first 6 inches or so. My favorite blanket as a child had lots of little holes for my fingers to explore, so I'm hoping my son will enjoy this one just as much.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
The yarn was Encore worsted weight, which is my first choice for all baby projects. It has some wool in it, which is great for cold winters, but it's also machine washable and dryable, which is a must for babies (and their busy mothers!). I used round size 5 needles (I knit really loose). I like round needles for big projects, so that the work can hang down off the wire, rather than being all bunched up at the end of a needle. I've had the needles for years, and I think I got the yarn at two different stores (one local, one a few states away).
Tell us more about your
design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I based this on a baby blanket pattern I bought a while ago, the Ann Norling Ripple to Knit and Crochet baby blanket pattern. The original pattern didn't have any intarsia work. In combining two different colors, I thought it would be more fun to put in a diagonal intarsia design than plain horizontal stripes. Normally I use light green for baby projects, as I often try to make them while friends are still expecting (and don't know the sex of the baby). The blue was leftover from a previous sweater for a little boy.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I worked on this on and off during my pregnancy, and finally finished it during my 36th week! But if I had knitted pretty continuously (a few hours a day), it would have probably taken less than a week.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Knitting is perhaps one of the most useful and fun hobbies to have, at least if you live in cold weather. You don't have to lug around a sewing machine, and there are always new projects to tackle. Up next, I want to try some homemade felted blocks, with rectangles I've knitted and felted myself, so I can knit in my own patterns (letters, etc).