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Shades of Fall

by Abigail
(Chicago, IL )

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

My friend was having a baby of unspecified gender in August. I figured that meant a fall color baby blanket. Because I'm a process knitter, I opted for a log cabin style blanket. Sure, it's great swaths of garter stitch but changing colors kept it somewhat interesting.

What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?

I used KnitPicks Options and KnitPicks Comfy Sport. I chose the yarn because it was washable and didn't contain wool. She's a first time mother and I didn't want her to have to wash anything extra by hand. I liked the Comfy Sport, it was soft when I got it and even softer after it had been through the wash. It may fade a little in time but shouldn't all well loved baby blankets be a little soft and faded?

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?

It's a modified Log Cabin Blanket based on the one in the first Mason Dixon Book. I chose four shades that looked like fall colors to me: brown, green, and two shades of orange. I probably could have used a red shade, as leaves turn those too, but basing it on the squares of color online, two shades of orange seemed a bit safer. I also modified the edging, changing it to applied I-Cord rather than mitred corners. It gave it a heavier edge that I liked and helped to anchor the blanket. It will also give the baby something to hold firmly to as he's dragging the blanket around in a couple of years I hope!

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

The pattern makes for a really LONG but not very wide blanket and I wanted something more square so I had to add on extra width. It took a couple of months but I'm by no means knitting monogamous. The worst part was weaving in the ends, because it's cotton I couldn't do any easy spit join. Such are the sacrifices we make for babies.

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

I blog at Hedgehog Knitting.

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