I've mentioned before about how much I love knitting. And if you know my age, you'll be able to correctly assume that I once had a great love of Lisa Frank and the explosion of rainbowy goodness it contained. Add them together and you might get a sense of the thrill I got when I found the Simply Soft Yarn Prints-Rainbow Bright piled up so prettily in the yarn bin.
The discovery came as I was digging through pink skeins for a blanket I was going to make for Evie. (If you don't know, Evie is a stuffed pink elephant who has been an important part of the family for the past 3 or so years. She is J's best friend and has rather impressive imaginary abilities -- such as creating fresh air if you caress her worn out tag.) I'd made small blankets, scarves, and hats for Evie and Froggy (V's equivalent of Evie) over the years, but J informed me that the blanket was just not big enough or soft enough or pink enough for that picky little elephant. I wasn't too upset at the idea of starting yet another knitting project or going yarn shopping (*giddy squeal*), so I probably grabbed my keys and sunglasses that very second and ran out the door.
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I knew it was going to be a relatively large blanket compared to the baby blankets and other small projects I normally do, so I wanted an easy but interesting pattern. I found a pattern for a Braided Hope blanket square that seemed to be just what I was looking for. I got out my size 8 circular needles (29") and modified the pattern a bit to add a garter stitch border around it.
If you want to make one of your own the way I did, cast on 258 stitches. For the border, I knit the first 6 rows, then added 4 knit stitches to the beginning and end of each row in the original pattern. I repeated the pattern (which is a repetition of 4 easy rows) until I was almost out of yarn for the third time and was tired of it, then I knit the last 6 rows and binded off. Because I love the knitting itself and not necessarily the projects I'm making, I have yet to weave in the ends as it sits in a pile of 6 other projects with dangling strands of yarn all over them. Thankfully, Evie's birthday isn't until July, so I have some time to get it completed before she gets it. *wink*
|Relaxing with Lisa and the doggies|