My brother in law is having twins... the perfect chance to knit the pinwheel blanket! I didn't know how long it would take. Consider this: when you knit a rectangular baby blanket, it's usually 3 feet by 2 feet. So the longest side is 3 feet. Well, there is no longest side in a circular blanket, the diameter all the way around is three feet. Before the "ruffle," there were 548 stitches. I added the ruffle, 1096 stitches. The pink picot edging, you CO 5 sts for every 3 sts, so ... a lot more sts. The pink picot alone took one skein of pink... and at least 5 hours. If anyone ever hears me musing about making another pinwheel blanket, please slap me upside the head. Hard. (Obviously, the next blanket for baby #2 will be a rectangular one).
I'm not too jazzed about the color combo... I think I will knit a stegosaurus in green with pink spikes to tie it together... I feel like the blanket looks like a skinned dragon. Or I'm just delirious.
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in lime and ...berry? One skein berry, 4 and a little bit of a 5th of lime.
pattern is from:http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm
I used size 7 needles in the beginning, moved up to 8, and then eventually 9. I don't feel like it made it go any faster but maybe it did?
I REFUSED to pick up and knit when I knew how many stitches were around. I went to Knitting Over the Edge and looked at their ruffle patterns, found one that started from the inside and ended with a bind off, and used it. I actually just k1, m1 around, and then the picot edge (pink part) is one row of knitting and then: BO 2, *switch st on right needle to left needle, CO 3 using cable cast on, BO 5*, repeat.