Monday, February 25, 2013

Unique Baby Blanket

I wanted to make a baby blanket that was bright and colourful just as my Daughter-in-Law Chizzy  asked for. She wanted a bright colourful blanket or anything else for the baby so I came up with this.

This is Left side of the blanket.

This is the Right side of the blanket.

You can see the blanket is colourful and very bright. The colours are much brighter in reality than they are here.

This is close up of the Duck and the Baby face on the blanket.

This is a fish that I knitted and worked some embroidery on it as well to make it look a little more interesting.

Teddy was fun to make as he was smaller than the pattern stated. To make him smaller I used a smalled sized needle. He looks quite cute on the blanket and being green a little different.

A tree with bright red apples on it seemed to balance the whole thing out.

I started off by selecting the colours I wanted to use in DK yarn and used a 5mm circular needle and knitted back and forth.
Starting with one stitch I increased until I had a really full cable needle then started to decrease. I used the same pattern that I use for my 8 inch Square.
I changed the colours as I felt like it using the bright yellow as a single row of Garter stitch to break up the other colours.
When the square was complete I made the motifs and carefully sewed them in place. I went round the edges of the motifs to stop little fingers getting stuck or picking at the motif.
Then came the borders, I picked up stitches down one edge and knitted 10 rows then bound off. I did the same on the other sides so there are no mitres and did each side a different colour. By using different colours I was able to keep the colour scheme of the blanket going rather than have all one colour.
I think I have come up with something different that no one else will have. Fingers crossed Chizzy likes it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blanket Buddy

Every baby likes a blanket to cuddle and this character offers that and is easy to make.
I made mine bright yellow so it is suitable for either a boy or a girl. It can be carried with the ears and will probably be chewed on when baby is teething.
Blanket Buddy

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Joining Swaps

I love to join in various swaps on the Knitting Paradise forum and one that I have joined in with is the Friendship Blanket Swap.
We send out an 8 X 8 inch square to a different person each month and when we have enough we can sew the squares together to create a unique blanket.
The problems is you can get squares that are not the correct size so what do you do with a square that is not the size stated?
If it is 6 X 7 inches like one or two I have had it is easy to alter it so it will be 8 X 8 inches.

This square was a little small but I love it
Pick up and knit stitches down one side and knit until the square is the size you want. Then pick up and knit along the bottom edge and again knit so it is the size you need. Don't worry if you don't have the same colour yarn it will add to the uniqueness of the blanket.
I love the squares I get and by using this method will be able to use all of them. The one in the picture is lovely as it has my initial in it and I can easily alter the size and make it fit into the blanket.
So don't get upset when a square is a little on the small side make it bigger.
Modular knitted squares

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Meet Patch

This is Patch he is a teddy with a difference. I wanted to make something that had some bright colours in it but could not find exactly what I was looking for.
I used the pattern from this site Joyful Toys.  Benny Bunny was made using the pattern from here as well. I made a few modifications like adding a waist and the patches on the teddy. I  added a waist to Patch so he will be easy for little hands to get hold of. The patches were sewn in over the knitted stitch, it is called Swiss Darning it was my first attempt at this and turned out ok. I may try it on other projects later on like a cushion cover but that will be after I have finished making things for my Grandchild who will arrive in June.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Easy Cowl

This Cowl was knitted with yarn sent to me in a swap on the Kniting Paradise forum and I loved the colour and the way it knits up. So a big thank you to Lynda from Watford for sending me this lovely yarn.
Row1 * K1, YO Repeat from * to end of row

Row 2 * K1, slip the YO off the needle repeat from * to end of row

Repeat these two rows until you have almost used up the yarn leaving enough to Bind off and sew with.

It was easy to make and can be used around the neck or as I am wearing it over the head as well.