Sheepishly Cute Baby Blanket
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This is a sweet baby blanket featuring a sheep motif with fair isle banding that incorporates all things farm. Lots of colors make it a playful blanket. Adding a fabric backing hides all those color floats and woven in ends.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used US8 needles (long circular for portability). I chose KnitPicks Swish Worsted for the yarn because it is machine washable and it comes it such a fantastic selection of colors.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The design was for a good friend and fellow knitter. Because she is a knitter and spinner I wanted to do something special that would be unique to her so I knew I wanted sheep. I saw so many sweet sheep things online but loved ones that incorporated fair isle motifs. The colors and intricacy in the patter make it feel so much more adult and baby all at the same time. I liked incorporating other farm aesthetics like the orchard trees with the sheep in the fair isle banding.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I did several practice swatches with the sheep to make sure I had an appropriate tension on the floating colors. I also found that to make it simpler, I gauged how much yarn of each color I needed for all the sections and cut smaller lengths to work with. Each sheep was its own cut length of white yarn and so on. It took several months to complete but I would think it could easily be knit in a month. I had several projects going at the same time.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Knit on Friends!!