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Topic: Machine knit baby swirl afghan - and then some ;)  (Read 2060 times)
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« on: March 14, 2011 06:50:27 PM »

I made and sent this machine knit baby swirl afghan as part of the Swirlie Swap I was in.  It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end.  I also crocheted some flowers and appliqued them on here or there - not many, just a few to break up the solidness of it all.

The pattern is free online.  http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2009/11/circular-swirl-baby-blanket-written.html
I used 90 needles instead of 60.  It took a few days to do - I know, a fraction of what it would have been had I hand knit it.  I have a lot of admiration for those that hand knit.  I prefer the machine - same with sewing.  I don't hand sew either Wink  I avoid even sewing on buttons if I can help it!  Cheesy

I really regret not getting a good picture of the blanket.  I was in a rush to catch the mailman so I didn't smooth it out completely.
I used Simply Soft so it would be nice and snuggly - and yes, it's really big.  It's about 5' across, possibly a bit more.  I wanted it to be able to be used without feet or other body parts hanging out one end or the other.





I did not use a pattern for the flowers.  It was just an easy repeat with rounds and scallops.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011 10:54:15 AM »

Very cute! I think the flowers add a very nice touch to it. And no worries: if I could afford a knitting machine, I would have a lot more knitting sweaters in my closet Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2011 10:32:35 AM »

pretty!!!! I like that you didn't use typical baby pastel colors. this reminds me I should dig out my machine soon. a summer throw would be awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2011 04:38:25 PM »

Thanks so much.  I definitely couldn't use baby colors as it was for a grown up lol.  I almost doubled the needles I used for it than what was called for in the pattern.  It was a big learning experience.  It did remind me how much I do enjoy machine knitting though!
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