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: Purple & Sparkle Brio-Garter Hat

I’m finishing out the week with another finished object. I finished my second Brio-Garter hat, this time for my cousin Safia. Her birthday is Monday and she’s in town this weekend so hopefully I’ll get pics of her while she’s wearing it.
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You may remember when I made this hat in January. It was my first solo experience with brioche knitting and learning increases and decreases. I love the interesting construction of this hat. You start by making an i-cord and then you pick up stitches from the i-cord and join in the round. The increases and decreases in the hat automatically shape the ear flaps. It’s brilliant! Stephen West is a genius. Since my first version was pretty big I decided to cast on two needle sizes smaller since my cousin has a tiny head. I still think this will be a little bit and slouchy on her but hopefully it’s a good fit.
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I love brioche since it makes everything reversible. This is the side where the sparkly grey Tempting Ewe So Sparkly DK yarn is dominant.
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And then here’s the side where the Madelinetosh Pashmina¬†yarn in Gosia is dominant and look how cute it is when you flip up the ear flaps! Her favorite color is purple so whenever I knit her accessories I try to pick out fun shades of purple yarn to use on her projects. Since I’m going to see her this weekend I want to measure her feet so I can make her these brioche socks! I’ve already got pretty purple and black yarn to make them with, just need to make sure I’m making her the right size.
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And just to round things off, here’s a picture of the girls begging for carrots. LOL Jellybean has to get her annual check up and shots this weekend so whatever I’m doing this weekend I’m going to have a chihuahua attached to my hip that just wants comfort. Have a great weekend everybody!

FO: Louisville Knits

I’ve been working on so many little projects and have taken a bunch of random photos so I thought I’d collect a few similar things into one post to share my finished objects. Sound like a plan?

Typically whenever I see my girlfriend Salina I like to take her a crafty gift because we gift handmade things to each other all the time. You might remember the hat I made for her when we went to New Orleans a while ago. Well, I had the same colorway of the Madlinetosh yarn, Spectrum, in the bulky weight that I had waited forever to do something with for her. So I decided to knit her a cowl.
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I picked up the Beginners Brioche Cowl when it was free on Ravelry and used it as a guide to knit Salina a two color brioche cowl in the car on the way to Louisville. It only took me a few hours. I cast on more stitches that required to make it a bit bigger and looser and liked the finished look. I used the blue and purple yarn mixed with a skein of Mighty Stitch Bulky in silver. It was a great contrast and insanely soft. And I also decided her daughter Alexandra needed a cowl too but I wanted to do a bolder color palette and a little something different.
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So I made her the fun Worsted Brioche Bandana Cowl and used the leftover yarn I had from my Happy Little Sweater. I love this Indian Corn colorway from the Lemonade Shop and wanted to put what I had left in a fun project. I contrasted it with some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Columbine Heather, a reddish purple, I had in my stash.
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I think Alexandra will enjoy this little cowl since she’s always cold. It’s cute to wear with her purple coat or just on its own. And while we were in Louisville, Salina took me to Fiber and Friends a cute little yarn shop in La Grange, Kentucky. The ladies in this shop were so warm and inviting. They were taking my coat off for show and tell so they could see my knits! I definitely suggest if you’re in the area to pop on in. And while we were there Salina fell in love with a pom pom so I suggested she pick out some yarn and I would make her a hat to go with it. She picked up this really beautiful Berroco Millefiori BIG yarn in a purple and blue colorway. I knew immediately that one skein would be perfect for the Purl Soho pattern Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone. It doesn’t take much yarn and I was able to whip it up in about 3 hours.
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I’m so addicted to brioche knitting…you’re going to see these two patterns again very soon. I’ve got some wilder color combos coming that I made for myself!