As I have done for previous colleagues, I like to make something when a baby is on the way. Emma who I work closely with, is expecting her first baby, a girl in September and I thought a little knitted blanket would a nice gift for her. So on the hunt I went for baby blanket patterns.
I fell in love with the Brooklyn Tweed Shale Baby Blanket, even bought the pattern and the yarn, Shelter. I got the most gorgeous lavender colour. I started to knit the blanket it up but oh my god! The yarn kept breaking. Part of the pattern is to knit 4 stitches together and the yarn just couldn’t cope with it. Even when I loosened my tension it kept happening.
After too many hissy fits I put the yarn aside and will eventually use it for something else (already have my eye on this).
I even decided after this to go for another pattern, huffy that I was. I had a poke around and found this one that I actually had my Ravelry library; the Cuddle Me Blanket by Maanel.
It looked similiar to the original with cables and lace work and looked like an easy make. It looked like it would be a good project for the train to and from work.
I decided to go with the yarn that the designer had used; Knit by Numbers by John Arbon Textiles. I haven’t used this yarn before but I have heard of John Arbon Textiles before. The yarn is the softest merino wool and at the moment there are 91 colours to choose from! It comes in 4ply and 8ply (DK).
I got four skeins of Number 29, of which I only ended up using 3. I found it lovely to work with, with the only issue being that the skeins are way too big for my swift. Me thinks I will need to invest in a new one.
I didn’t originally love the colour, but as it grew, I came to really like it. I might have to get some more skeins to go with the one I have and make something out of it.
The pattern wasn’t difficult, just a 6 row repeat with a little cabling on the first row. It did get slightly monotonous towards the end and didn’t seem to want to end.
Looking at it now though, I wish I had made the bottom border the same width as the side; not sure why the pattern was written this way and I also could have done with a few more repeats. The sizing has it wider than longer?
Emma has purchased a black pram, which the blanket will be a nice contrast (she lives in the Blue Mountains, so will still be a bit cool up there for awhile after the little miss has been born).
Overall, I am happy with this make; I hope Emma likes it.