Blanket Knitting, Piece by Piece

When I first learned how to knit I did what every knitter does, I made a million baby blankets. I’ve even made a few lap blankets and couch blankets for loved ones. And after a bit of time I started to loathe knitting blankets. But I’ve always wanted a blanket for myself after some of the really pretty and fun ones I’ve made. So that got me thinking…what if I made a blanket piece by piece?

Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan by Karen Baumer
Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan by Karen Baumer

Clearly I thought of this before because as I searched my library I realized I purchased the Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan pattern YEARS ago. So I pulled it out and realized they have a lovely blank chart for you to create your own color palette and pattern if you don’t follow theirs, so I spent a few attempts coloring and this is what I ended up coming up with.
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It was inspired by a quilt pattern I saw on Instagram and I decided that I wanted to do some bold pops of neon colors and ground it with some black and white. I should also note I’m making this blanket with acrylic yarn. Why you might wonder? It’s what I make all my baby blankets with, specifically with Caron Simply Soft, but I also know with two dogs I want something I can wash and dry a million times over and just not worry about it. So I dug into my stash and went with the following block combos:

    • Neon yellow and teal
    • Neon pink and purple
    • Black and white

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    And it will only take me 1 1/2 skeins per color combo to finish the blanket. I whipped up a couple of blocks over the weekend and I liked the color combos, so I’m going to keep it going. I need 81 squares total, 27 of each color combo. And on average it takes me about an hour to complete one square. So I’m down 3 squares and have 78 more to go, LOL. But I also know this is the kind of thing I can totally do when I just need a mindless knitting project. I don’t have a crazy pattern to memorize, they’re garter stitch blocks made with simple decreases and increases and I can always just throw a color combo in a small project bag and always have it with me when I need something quick to do.
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    And Cher has already claimed one square for herself. This is exactly why I knew I needed to just make it with the acrylic I had in my stash. Anyone else work on a blanket like this? Any tips?

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FO: Madness Hat {More Brioche}

I told you this was going to be the week of finished objects! Rounding out this week I’ve got more two color brioche and in another hat. I bought the Madness Hat pattern because I liked the style and then I just randomly grabbed two skeins of yarn and cast on.
Madness Hat
If I had really thought this out I would’ve grabbed navy blue chunky yarn instead of grey so it would match my pink and navy coat. I did not, so this hat was gifted to my BFF Jess and it matches her style. The great thing about brioche knitting is that it makes your fabric reversible. So even though it’s got neon pink you can really make it pop when worn on one side versus the other side.
Madness Hat
I pulled stash yarn out for this one. I had a full skein of Berroco Vintage Chunky leftover from the Bermondsey cardigan for my aunt and I knew it would be great for a hat but wanted to punch it up a bit. Since the pattern only requires 60 and 65 yards of each color I grabbed the little bit of leftover Mighty Stitch Bulky I had in Pucker from this glorious striped sweater of mine – another Bermondsey! Perhaps I should’ve named this the Brioche Bermondsey Leftover Hat? (I wonder if I have some of the black left over…I really should dig through and do a better inventory). I love when I get to use up all of my scraps, it makes me feel like I get every single penny out of the yarn I bought. I’ve got enough of the grey leftover to make another so I may end up using another creative color combo.
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I knit this hat while commuting on the train, it was nice and soothing. And one evening while I was knitting with my headphones one I hear someone yelling ‘miss, miss.’ I looked up and a woman who I saw eyeing my project the entire ride was about to get off and she yelled, ‘Is that going to be a hat? It’s gorgeous!’ HAHAHAHA It totally made my day.
Madness Hat
I totally recommend this one to you if you’re into brioche but want to get your increasing and decreasing in brioche down. With the bigger weight yarn it was pretty easy and with super high contrasting colors it really makes it easy to follow your work. So have I convinced any of you to dip your toe into two color brioche yet?

FO: A Vibrant Fade

Well, my first sweater of 2018 is finished and I loooooooove it. I want to wear it all the time because the colors make me so happy and it’s so soft and cozy. But of course because I went so bold on the color palette I feel like I shouldn’t wear it EVERY day but whatever, I do what I want. Let’s talk about my Comfort Fade Cardigan.
Finished Comfort Fade
I knew when I originally decided I wanted to make this cardigan that it was going to be colorful. I initially thought it would be a mix of the bright pink, orange and coral but when I put those colors together in the light they didn’t flow the way I wanted. I’ve seen a lot of muted and soft pastel fades or neutral fades but I wanted this baby to be me. So I went for all the color. And to my surprise I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this one in person. Folks seem to like all the color. Starting at my shoulder and going down, the color order is:

  • Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Torchere. You may remember this color from my Colorblocked Boyfriend Cardigan a while back. This is such a gorgeous color with lots of flecks of red, pink and orange. It’s a favorite of mine.
  • Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Pucker. This is like punch you in the face orange with bits of pink running through it. It as an impulse purchase at Fibre Space one day and I’m glad I picked it up.
  • Miss Babs Yowza in Perfectly Wreckless. This might be my new favorite Babs colorway. It’s so good. Also I just love the gigantic skeins of Yowza – fewer ends to weave in!
  • And a surprise ending with Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish. You might remember this color from my Mom’s Christmas sweater!

Finished Comfort Fade
I didn’t realize when I saw this pattern originally and really not until I started to cast on that this was done in reverse stockinette stitch (essential wearing it on the purl side). But the color fade looks better on the reverse! So it made sense. It’s super stripey on the inside and the purl side kind of helps to blend the colors better. I added in new colors on knit rows and not on purl rows just because I liked how the blending worked but you could do it on the purl side too.
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I also knit the sleeves inside out so that I wouldn’t have to do all that purling. It was so weird to think of the knit side as the wrong side but eventually I got the hang of it.
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But really what I love the most about this is the opportunity to melt all that color together. I mean look at this sleeve and cuff. It’s gorgeous! It’s so vibrant and bright and it just makes me happy. I also decided to go with the longer sleeve (not my normal) to up the coziness factor. The shawl collar is gloriously huge and I really like how she played with short row shaping in each color to help with the blending. I add a Jul Design leather closure to the front so that I can pull it closed if I want to instead of adding buttons/buttonholes.
Finished Comfort Fade
My only regret, I need pockets. I’m actually thinking about picking up stitches and then using my leftover yarn to fade a pocket to match the body and just sew it on. With something this big and cozy you just need good pockets to give it that finishing touch. Right?

So is anyone else going to make themselves a Comfort Fade Cardigan? What color palette would you choose?