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Topic: Pinwheel Baby Blanket... or how I spent my summer vacation  (Read 1994 times)
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« on: August 06, 2007 12:19:08 AM »

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.   Tongue

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.









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franna724
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2007 03:45:15 AM »

It might've been time consuming, but it turned out great!
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007 05:45:07 AM »

Looks great. I like color combo. It's fun.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 06:23:48 AM »

It looks amazing. Plus I bow down to your patience and the fact that you actually finished it. The maximum number of stitches I ever worked with was around 200. And even that was too much for me  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007 06:44:33 AM »

I really like how it came out!  Where did you find the pattern and what size needles did you use?

I feel your pain.  I knit a painful baby blanket and it turned me off to knitting for like 5 years!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 07:32:35 AM »

did you have to go around the entire blanket and pick up the stitches for the edge, or did you just continue out? if i had to pick up that many stitches i would gouge out my eyes with my needles!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007 09:13:40 AM »

Thanks for all the kind comments!

missknittypants, 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?

flyingmouse29, 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.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2007 12:44:37 PM »

Thanks for all the kind comments!

missknittypants, pattern is from:

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


Thanks!  Smiley
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shae16
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2007 06:51:13 PM »

So darling, and I don't think it looks like a skinned dragon!  The ruffle is FABULOUS!!
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whatthepuck
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 08:03:27 PM »

It's gorgeous! If I had been knitting it, it would have been done just in time for their 21st birthday. 1096 stitches? Crazy.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2007 05:34:58 AM »

I too did a baby blanket this summer--my first--and that experience and your post leave me wondering if those suckers *always* seem to take longer than they should?  Looking at your blanket, though, I'd say it was clearly worth it.  The pinwheel/ruffle/picot combo is super cute.  I always know I like baby projects when I look at them and say "I want one for myself!"  Good work!
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ginabeana
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2007 12:25:36 PM »

I have to laugh at you saying you'll never do one of these again.  I said that too when I finished mine, then I did another one a couple months later.  I ate my words... big time!   Shocked

But guess what?  Your blanket is ADORABLE.  The colors are so vibrant, and I love the ruffle.  You did a great job, and I hope the family loves it!  Awesome!   Wink
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