Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stitching Saturday: The new blanket, finished

All the stray ends

In keeping with my usual mode of doing things, I finished my knitted chevron blanket in record time, and moved on so quickly that I didn't bother updating you here.

So I thought I'd walk you through the end of my project after the fact! :) Up above you see what all the ends looked like when I was finished knitting...

Before I wove in the ends...

This photo was slightly more picturesque, but you get the idea, TONS of ends to weave in. It wasn't so bad - I worked steadily at it for a full evening in front of the TV, and I was done.

So here's the finished blanket!


As you can see, the edges curl in a little. If I was feeling obsessive, I'd have blocked it. I decided to wait for my first wash, after which I'll block it, and see how much the size changes.

Overall, I was very happy with this free pattern and the colors I chose - I think the chevrons look tidier than some patterns I have seen, and once I memorized the pattern, it was a breeze to stitch. I will say, however, that if you make a mistake, it seems next to impossible to go back and fix it. So, I'd suggest good concentration and precision for this one.

My finished size was 20 in wide, 42 in long. I knit this using size 8 circular needles and remnants of Love This Yarn from my Log Cabin project.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Knit Stitch a Week: Flight of the Bumblebee

Flight Of The Bumblebee stitch

Even if for no other reason, I'd have to try this stitch for the name alone. :) Watching the video tutorial was absolutely necessary for me, as I had no clue (even after looking at pictures) how to knit one long. Once I watched the video it was fairly simple!

It lays relatively flat, and the back has a nice fluffy texture as well:

Flight Of The Bumblebee stitch, wrong side

Left: Using size 10 needles and Vanna's Choice yarn in Mustard, I cast on 15 stitches
Right: Using size 6 needles and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Oyster Heather, I cast on 19 stitches

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