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« on: August 17, 2015 07:39:41 PM »

I have a young friend that Ive made a blanket for every year of her life.  (Shes turning six this year, so its not as impressive as that sounds.)  But theyve all been small blankets, and now shes a big girl.  So, this year I made her Hearts in Snow.

I think I heard the phrase somewhere, and then envisioned the blanket, or at least the image and the name came close together.  Its a very simple pattern, mitered diamonds in garter stitch, with red partial diamonds in stockinette.  Far from the largest blanket Ive knit (this is 44 x 63) once I figured out how to do the hearts it was teeeeeedious.  I put it aside a million times in favor of more interesting projects.  And Im so glad its done.  Er nearly done.

I either have to line it, or finish weaving in all the ends.  I wove in the ends for the first third of it, but Im really dreading doing the rest.  Sewing in a lining eliminates the need for that, and does make the blanket stronger.  But Ive never been really pleased with the job I do sewing in a lining Id appreciate any tips!
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015 12:01:39 AM »

Can't help you with sewing in a lining as I've never done it but I expect you would need to stitch it down all over.  I also hate sewing in threads so for a project like this I have an absolute rule to do it as I go - otherwise it would never get done. Roll Eyes
But well done on persevering.  I love the concept of hearts in snow. It is like the beginning of the story of Snow White when her mother pricks her finger and drops of blood fall in the snow.  Such a beautiful gift.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2015 07:53:37 AM »

Wow, that's a lot of blankets. This one is lovely! I can't help with finishing ideas either, but I can say however much time you spend on it will be worth it because it's a beautiful project.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2015 07:29:34 PM »

Thanks!  Young as she is, she's a  a very appreciative recipient.  She's worn out several dresses before she could outgrow them, and she always insists on putting on anything I make for her as soon as she gets it.  Her mother sent me a picture of her home sick one day last winter; she'd taken all the smaller blankets and carefully layered them on top of her, so she was completely covered.  This should make wrapping up a little easier!
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