Shale Baby Blanket

Another baby, another blanket; with this one being knitted for Jack William Teuma.

Jack is the newest edition to the Teuma family (I work with his mum Sarah) who decided to come 4 weeks early!  I did drag the chain on making this blanket and only just finished it the weekend after he arrived. But as Jack is a bit on the teeny side, he will be in hospital until he gains weight and starts to feed by himself.  So whilst he is there, he won’t be needing this.

As soon as Sarh told me she was expecting, into baby blanket planning mode I went.  I have always wanted to try this blanket pattern which was designed by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed.  I originally tried to make it for another colleague but ended up hating the yarn (Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed) so shelved that idea; I went on to make this one instead.

Sarah advised that she wanted a grey blanket but didn’t specify dark or light, so I just took a wild stab at a colour.  I decided to use the John Arbon Knit by Numbers which I used in the previous baby blanket and is one of my favourite yarns. I emailed the every helpful team there to help pick the grey as I couldn’t really see on the web, the grey I picked is the lightest of the range – No 06. It isn’t as light as I hoped but nonetheless it is a nice shade.

There isn’t anything difficult about this pattern it is basically a 4 row repeat with a faux cable within the pattern along with a fan effect and when blocked it is the loveliest of patterns. I didn’t do a swatch/gauge square for this and actually stopped short of about 10 rows as it was getting big.  As one of the stitches is knitting 4 stitches together I let my tension go loose a bit to cater for this.

After a quick block, it dried over a couple of days and is now ready to be mailed to the recipients mum. You can tell this is 100% wool as the yarn gets a fuzzy halo about it which makes it look all snuggly and warm.. I am really happy with this project and can’t wait to see the little fellow all wrapped up in it.

Details

Pattern:
Needles:
5.5mm circular needles
Sizing:
100cm wide x 110 cm long (approx)
Yarn:
John Arbon Textiles Merino DK (Knit by Numbers #6), 3 skeins (250m/273 yards, 3.53oz/100g)

The vintage charm of an heirloom baby blanket will keep your little ones warm and snug for years to come. The Shale Baby Blanket nods to nursery knits of yesteryear with a four-row repeat of a variation on the Feather-and-Fan motif, teasing a pretty, undulating edge from the paired ridges of garter stitch at top and bottom. Texture and color variations for this classic blanket are endless.

cheers

Stephanie xx

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