Saturday, 13 September 2008

The saga of a blanket

Back in May, I took an entrelac knitting workshop. Sometime in July, I cast on for an entrelac blanket. The blankets I knit are for Wrap with Love and measure 70 inches by 40 inches. It soon became apparent that a blanket knitted in squares 10 stitches by 20 rows would become very monotonous so I did what I always do in this situation - redesign!

I decided to have one panel of entrelac, one panel of stripes, repeated for the length of the blanket. I finished the first entrelac panel. I picked up stitches along one edge and started the stripes. One word - yuk!

But I was not defeated! I carefully separated the two panels by unpicking the cast on edge [I wasn't going to undo 8 inches of stripes, was I? LOL] I threaded in some waste yarn and continued knitting stripes. I'd figure out what to do with the entrelac strip later.

I soon had an idea that the blanket was not wide enough – I measured: sure enough, it was only 26 inches wide; 14 inches too narrow. No problem – I would knit a border around the stripes! So I continued on my merry way, knitting stripes until the strip was 14 inches short of 70 inches [that’s 56 inches folks; this English teacher can do maths! LOL]

Now, faced with an ever increasing [in length] border, I decided that a border of little squares [10 stitches by 20 rows] was the way to go. I could knit two lengths the same as the striped strip [try saying those last two words 10 times quickly] then pick up the stitches on the waste yarn and the not-cast off end to knit the top and bottom strip of squares. This worked very well but, now that’s it’s finished, I wish I’d put a plain border between the stripes and the squares. Ah well, we live and learn, don’t we?

To finish off the blanket, I did several rows for a border: [K1 row, change colour, K 1 row, P 1 row, change colour] 3 times, K 1 row, P 1 row. Voila! A very pretty striped border and a nice finish with the mitred corners.

And what of the original entrelac strip? Some of it was unpicked to make little squares and the rest of it is in the frog pond waiting for the next time I need short pieces of yarn!


  1. Lynne-it is incredibly beautiful-a Joseph's coat of many colors-a kaleidescope of!
    Glad you stuck with it!

  2. That is a gorgeous blanket! So very cheerful and bright. I love the way it turned out :)

  3. Such a colourful wonderful blankie.

    Someone will be so delighted with it.

    A Rainbow brightens everyones day.

  4. That is a fabulous, fabulous blanket. Well done for making up the pattern as well as doing all that knitting!

  5. Oh how absolutely wonderful, the recipient will feel like they are getting a great big hug. It's gorgeous.

  6. goodness me it's spectacular! You've been beavering away all this time and look at the results!!

  7. I Love it,
    One day I would love to make a blanket but I must finish a pair of socks that I have started first..:)

  8. what a beautiful, beautiful blanket - and I love the teddies - sorry I haven't dropped in for a while - gosh, I trot off and do soemthing else for a while and look at all the things you get done (and I love the book - love it!)


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