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« on: May 27, 2007 12:08:44 AM »

When my yarn arrives on Tuesday, I'm going to start a pinwheel blanket from Oat Couture.  I'd never heard of Oat Couture before, but the pattern looks great. (pic from their site attached)



it is similar to the free pattern one listed at knitlist.

http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm

Anyone else want to knit a pinwheel?  I'm using bamboo #8's, and blue alpaca organic cotton: nut, sage, and vanilla.

my bff is due in August, but I'd like to get this done by the end of June.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2007 05:06:45 AM »

oh man, this is really pretty. I will have to dig through my stash and see if there's anything I'd like to make this out of. I never seem to have too many blankets (I'm a cold person by nature) and so I might have to join this.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2007 06:58:10 AM »

I had just printed out this pattern from the Knitlist and was thinking of making it for my stepdaughter's baby. I just may join you.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007 05:39:22 PM »

My yarn and the Oat Couture round pattern are both here. . . Finally.  I'm not sure about the pattern.  it is a strait pattern, and I'd rather knit it in the round.  I think I'll use the KnitList pattern too.  It looks simpler than the straight pattern, and i won't need to count rows the entire time.  counting gets in the way of my TV watching.

I love the Blue Alpaca organic cotton.  it might be the softest yarn ever.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007 07:43:54 AM »

I'm about 1/3 of the way done with my blanket. is anyone else knitting?

I started with the nut yarn, and did a center panel about 14 inches across. The second color is the vanilla, and it is now about 4 of the 7 inch strip.

Ive decided to use the edging found on the pinwheel sweater. It is icord loops, and I can use all three colors.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007 07:51:19 PM »

i'm joining! Smiley i just bought some bernat softee baby in 'candy baby'... not as soft as the alpaca, i'm sure of it, but it'll be my first project with dpns! i just love the colors and i think the self-striping would look great.
i'll check back in a few days from now. i have a penchant for not finishing blankets but being on a knit-a-long will keep me accountable, right? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 04:22:55 PM »

i do have a question though... on the pattern it says to "cast on 5 stitches, knit around." how would one do that when the next row says to knit 1 in each stitch and you'll have 10 at the end of the row? i'm just not picturing it in my head... Smiley
thanks in advance!
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2007 12:53:54 AM »

i do have a question though... on the pattern it says to "cast on 5 stitches, knit around." how would one do that when the next row says to knit 1 in each stitch and you'll have 10 at the end of the row? i'm just not picturing it in my head... Smiley
thanks in advance!
I think the pattern says "make 1" which means you will (usually) knit in the front and back of the stick to make two stitches out of 1. Thus ... finishing up with 10! Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2007 11:23:38 AM »

starting this blanket is the hard part, so don't give up!  i think i pulled it out and started over about 4 times. you end up with a little star or flower shape in the middle of the blanket.

The previous post is exactly right.  cast on 5 stitches spread over 3 dpns.  increase each of those stitches in the first row. . . starting with the join.

good luck!
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2007 08:49:31 AM »

ok i think i've got it now. Smiley
i started over once because i was just doing a knit row and i thought, "oh crap, this is supposed to be the first yarn over row!" this is the first time i've used dpns so it feels like there's a lot going on, with all the trying to hold on to four needles at once... i'll definitely be ok once i switch to circulars but it's a little strange right now. Smiley
thanks for the assistance!
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2007 08:46:52 PM »

i was able to figure it out but i kind of lost track of where i was and did some backwards knitting for a bit... here is a photo of my progress though:

it reminds me of superman ice cream. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2007 09:03:28 PM »

That's gorgeous yarn!
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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2007 09:19:01 PM »

It is lovely.  Another trick is to put a stitch marker for each YO.  So you just knit to the stitch marker and then YO and continue. 

It takes me three months.  At the end, I decide to keep it since I spent so much times on it.

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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2007 09:20:16 PM »


It takes me three months.  At the end, I decide to keep it since I spent so much times on it.


3 months? Shocked Then this is definitely not the project for me. That would take me forever.

You definitely have the right to keep it. I would.
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2007 10:03:44 PM »

Yeah. At the end, it takes like 30 minutes from 1 row, so I only knit 1 or 2 rows a day.  And I have to go buy a longer cable (60 in) for the Denise.  It grows so slowly at the end.  I think mine is like 36 inches.
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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2007 01:02:38 PM »

my goodness! 60 inches? the switching of the circular sizes is a bit difficult for me. i can see how it would require a bigger size circular though. i begin to lose patience when it starts growing slower. Smiley
it hasn't taken me that long to work as much as i have on the blanket but it is the interior part.
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2007 07:14:02 PM »

You can estimate how long you would need by multiplying the diameter by 3.14.  You can squeeze all the stitches to a shorter cable needles, but there is only so much you can do.  I broke down and bought one because it is easier than transferring among the different cable needles.

The interior part is pretty quick.  The bigger it is the longer it takes.  You can always BO when you get tired of knitting it.  And it feels so good when it is done.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2007 09:07:57 PM »

I'm making the adult sweater similar to this pattern and I have a 16 and 21" cables joined (making the needle length about 45") and am an inch past where you mark the sleeves. I also have another needle of the same size that's 29" and I figure I'll have both of these crammed full by the time I get to the last rows.

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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2007 06:48:00 AM »

I'm mostly done with mine, and I've been working on it for almost a month.  It will be about 42" across when complete.  It does start to drag when you are about 2/3 of the way done.  Currently, the blanket has nearly 700 stitches in one round.



I checked "knitting on the edge" out from the library.  I think I'm going to put a ruffle on the edge.  I think the edge is too small as written.  Thoughts?

Re: needles, i am currently using 2 sets on mine.  I already had 2 circs and I didn't want to bust out the $ for a third. 

Another crafter told me how to do it--knit the new needle on, and stop when it starts to get full.  Remember to place needle caps on the open needle ends you aren't working with (I used rubber bands). Next, take the bottom needle and loop it up to the stitches to be knit.  transfer the needle cap from the knit-to needle to now inactive needle. knit till you run out of stitches on the active needle, then move a needle cap. you will be knitting with 2 different circs again.  repeat.
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2007 12:09:22 PM »

Wow, great progress! Knitting is already slow for me and then a blanket? Shocked

Love the color scheme! Very pretty!
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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2007 10:37:59 PM »

i'm still working on mine. it's about 26" across. i had to frog about five rows and i was so upset with myself because when you get that far out, it takes a lot of effort to do it again! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2007 05:03:29 AM »

YEAH! i finally finished the blanket.  I ending up putting a ruffle on the edge. . .not sure i would do that again.  it took over a week to do 9 rows. I'll post pictures soon.
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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2007 10:32:05 AM »

I made this blanket last year for my niece.  A long road trip (as a passenger) was essential to getting it done, since the last part gets mighty tedious.  For the edging, I knit a few rounds of garter stitch, then did a picot bind off.  It turned out very nicely.  Sorry no pics.   
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2007 01:38:30 PM »

I am so sick of mine!  tindad, I would love to see your finished product.  I'm still trying to figure out what edging to use when I finally finish... I still have quite a ways to go!  My brother-in-law is having twin girls, so this will be one blanket.  I think I'll do the diamond and smocked blanket next for a little variety.

Progress so far:

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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2007 06:57:28 PM »

Great progress! The color is beautiful!
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« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2007 08:59:37 AM »

I finally took pictures.  I did 9 rows of a ruffle, and I bound off with the color from the center.  both of those choices were about my yarn supply.  I didn't figure the ruffle in when I bought.

However, I like the different color on the edge.  I think it pulls it back together.





Anyway, the baby is due in 5 days, so it was time to be finished.  Good luck to everyone else!

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« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2007 10:20:02 AM »

Wow, that's gorgeous! I love the edging!
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2007 11:25:32 PM »

I get the part of increase the 5 stitches to 10...but what then?  Technically it's only the 2nd  row...so what happens in between the 2 - 5?

I must be missing something?
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« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2007 11:28:28 PM »

I knit this before.  I just ignore the unlisted row.  And just alternate increase row with a knit row.  It works out just fine.

Good luck.   Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2007 11:32:11 PM »

Thank you penguino!   So just skip rows 3 & 4 then?  I wish the pattern was just a skosh more detailed.  gah!
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« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2007 12:21:29 AM »

TinyTallGirl, yeah, when you're ready, just continue the pattern.  I think I skip the 3rd & 4th row. 

And now... the FO!  I added a picot edge.  More details in this post:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188037.0

And a pic:



Glad I'm done with it!  It's redemption lies in it's simplicity.
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« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2007 05:56:51 AM »

it looks great!  i love the contract between the green and pink. 
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« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2007 03:38:07 PM »

Cute! I love the edging!
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« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2007 08:38:35 PM »

congrats to those of you that have completed the knitalong. your blankets look great!
alas, i have had project a.d.d. and i can't say that i'm more than halfway done with the blanket. i've picked it up again though and will post when finished. Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2007 03:31:38 PM »

ok, mine is about 40" across and i'm wondering how much further it should go. i don't really have an intended baby in mind to give it to, so i was thinking of making it bigger than a standard baby blanket. will post pics when completed!
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« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2007 06:56:58 PM »

I really hope someone can help me. My pinwheel blanket is almost done - about 34" for a baby blanket. The end is in sight, but today something told me to check in on my gauge. And, lo and behold, I've got a problem. The beginning of the blanket is a healthy 4 st/inch. Somewhere along the line, however, I slipped into 4.5 st/inch. Multiply that by the current 440-someodd stitches, and...  Cry

So I slipped it all onto waste yarn to survey the damage. It's not as bad as I feared, but there's some gathering going on. The muggle recipient won't know the difference, but I will.

Any ideas? Would switching to larger needles pull things right or just make a horrible contracting wave around the center? Maybe if I throw in some extra increases? If I line the blanket with fabric at the end, maybe I could distribute things better?

Should I just grit my teeth and continue on, knowing I'm probably the only one who will notice? (Still, this problem can only get worse as I add more stitches.)

On another note, I've seen some lovely pinwheels with seed stitch borders. Did anyone take into account the gauge difference between their border stitch and the body? I assume the M1/inc1 remain throughout the border to keep the circle shape, right?

Thanks, all! It's a shame this is my first post; normally I'm quite competent! Must be because this blankie has been trying to eat my soul since day one...
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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2007 06:08:34 AM »

Maybe you can correct for some of the shrinkage with blocking?  If it were mine, I wouldn't frog it.
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« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2007 03:56:50 PM »

I'm going to do my best to block it, Tindad. The yarn is baby acrylic stuff, though, so I'm not sure how much I can hope for. Definitely not going to frog, though!
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