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Princess Blanket

by Susna Carpenter
(Tampa, Florida)

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

I was admiring the patterns inthe book "Entre to Entrelac" when I received a phone call advising me that my grand daughter had arrived 3 weeks early. I decided to learn entrelac by making a blanket for the new arrival.

I made each strip 10 units in length. I started with the darker pink triangles, then went to the lighter pink, alternated the petal pink and then went to the dark pink again. I did every other strip in the petal pink. As I could not get more of the light and dark pink I used white for the middle and repeated the pink strips in the same order on the other end.

The blanket ended with the Petal pink never reaching the very edges of the blanket as those strips were based off of the edge triangles. This made my choice for an edging color easy.

After the blanket was blocked I edged in the medium petal pink. I did a sc stitch around the edge and then a row of sc, chain 4, sc in 4th chain from hook, sc in next stitch around the sc row. The edging really gave the blanket a finished look.

What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Knitpicks Swish superwash. I picked out three shades of pink (Petal, Bubblegum and Ballerina) from my stash. After starting the blanket and finding I needed more yarn I found that Bubblegum and Ballerina were discontinued colors. I ordered white Swish superwash and used it in the middle of the blanket. The blanket was made on Knitpicks #6 Harmony circular needles.

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The blanket was inspired by the patterns in "Entre to Entrelac." I chose the colors because the new baby was a girl and the pinks looked so sweet.

Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?

Once I learned the entrelac method the blanket worked nicely. The only other challenge was not being able to get the 2 different pink colors. As it turned out I think the white center gives the blanket depth. It took me 3 weeks to completethe blanket.

Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?

The blanket is warn, soft and washable. Mothe and baby both love it.

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