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« on: February 11, 2008 10:28:58 PM »

This is actually my first baby blanket. I've been knitting for ages - mainly socks and other small portable projects - but never had enough lead time for a blankie Smiley However, our neighbors kindly let us know several months ago that they were expecting, and yesterday their beautiful baby girl was born.

They have just redone their house in a very classic Mission style, with lots of natural wood and such. I really couldn't see them going for the standard pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys schtick, so I went with an Aran style.





I used Sirdar Denim Chunky and kind of made the pattern up as I went. Freeform cables are fun, although I do think one side of the tree is a bit bushier than the other! The leaves are knitted separately and sewn on. Finished size is about 30x36".

I think if I do anything like this again I will use something other than moss stitch for the border, as it got a bit wavy, but overall I am really happy with it. Hope the neighborinos like it too! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 10:32:29 PM »

That's gorgeous. What needles (or otherwise) do you use for something that width?
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 10:34:52 PM »

THIS ROCKS!

I just favorited this. Grin I want one in my size!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 10:35:37 PM »

Wow...just....wow.   Shocked You made that pattern up?  It's gorgeous!  What a beautiful gift.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008 10:36:32 PM »

FANTASTIC!
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008 10:40:23 PM »

That is truly beautiful. Almost makes you want to have a baby...almost  Wink (my baby is 10)
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008 10:53:00 PM »

That's gorgeous. What needles (or otherwise) do you use for something that width?

Thanks! I forgot to say, I used a circular needle in 5mm size. I do almost all my flat knitting on circulars; because I learned on socks, I've never gotten the hang of long single point needles and I end up flailing dangerously Tongue (I can manage short sp's for things like scarves or dishcloths, but not the normal-length ones!).
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008 10:56:15 PM »

Wow...just....wow.   Shocked You made that pattern up?  It's gorgeous!  What a beautiful gift.

Thanks! Cables are really a LOT easier than they look, and I like doing things freeform. (Translation: I have ADHD and can't read patterns anyway, heh).

I know I didn't come up with the idea on my own - I remember seeing a freeform Aran tree somewhere on the Interwebs, possibly on Knitty, but I couldn't find it when I searched, so then I made it up from there.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008 10:57:40 PM »

I don't think I could say anything that would convey the amount of awe I'm having that you not only knitted this gorgeous gift, but also free-formed it.  Congratulations on a project well done.  I'm sure your neighbors will be touched and amazed at such a thoughtful present.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008 10:58:36 PM »

That is truly beautiful. Almost makes you want to have a baby...almost  Wink (my baby is 10)

Hee. I like my plan of borrowing other people's babies and kidlets to play with them and knit for them - then give them back when they get tired  Grin
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