Posted on Thursday, August 30 2012 at 8am
Juliet Bernard of The Knitter explains how she went about adapting a pattern for a very special baby blanket.
I do love to knit for babies but when it is the baby of a knitter it can be a bit of a worry. When it’s the grandchild of a very experienced knitter, I confess to feeling quite stressed!
My dear friend Phyllis has just become a grandmother for the second time. She is a bit of an anglophile so I wanted to use a British Wool. I plumped for Rowan’s Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK with some Noro sock yarn for a bit of colour.
POP blanket by Tincanknits looked like the right design for this yarn combination, but no matter how loosely I cast the squares off, when I came to sew them up they just didn’t work. Nothing to do with the pattern but more to do with my incompetence.
Time for Plan B. I had recently downloaded Lucy Neatby’s Emperor’s New Scarf and I was struck by the idea of creating holes. So I worked out the size of the blanket I wanted (not too big so it can be used in car seat), and calculated the number of stitches and rows in garter stitch. Then I downloaded some graph paper and finally marked out the pattern for the holes. I tried to avoid making it too uniform to make it more interesting.
When I take out the spare yarn (pictured here in red) I crochet round the stitches in the Noro sock yarn to add a touch of colour. I do hope my friend and her granddaughter like it!