Cozy Hand-Knitted Blanket

When I woke up this morning to get ready for work, my phone told me it was a brisk 48 degrees outside. It’s August. In Iowa. 48 degrees. I can’t say I’m not enjoying the break from the heat, but I’m not sure I’m ready for summer to be over with either.

Everyone else has started school ’round these parts, and I still have two weeks left before I start classes as a senior in college. (I have to keep reminding myself that I’m going to be a senior – helloooo reality).

Anyway, how lucky am I to have finished my first ever hand-knitted blanket in time for this cool weather? I never knew how cozy a blanket could be until I finished this one.

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It’s a very simple pattern, but it takes a loooong time (if you have my attention span). I started it at the end of June and finished it a couple weeks ago. It’s a fun little project to have beside the couch to work on whenever you have some free time. It also would make a great gift!

I never realized how expensive making a blanket could be, though. I always wondered why store bought blankets like this one run upwards of $40-$50, but I can see why! However, me being the bargain shopper that I am, I worked to get the best deal I could.

I ended up buying Caron’s One Pound skeins of yarn, when they were on sale on JoAnn’s for $7.99. Using a 40% coupon on top of that, I got 5 pounds of yarn for around $35. Not bad! I didn’t end up using allll of the yarn for the blanket, though, but there is definitely enough to do some other little knitting projects.

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I found the pattern for my blanket on this website, and I followed it exactly:

Using circular size 11 US knitting needles, cast on 130 stitches. Slip the first two stitches, and knit 126 stitches. Purl the last 2 stitches. Continue pattern until blanket reaches desired length – about 60 inches.

You’ll knit with two strands of yarn at once throughout the entire blanket. For example, I kept the color grey constant throughout the blanket, while switching up the other colors: pink, blue, and green.

The slipping and purling creates an I-cord border, like so.

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This project was fun to create, but I have to admit, it may be a while before I take on another blanket. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Knitting the Basketweave Pattern

Happy Monday! Welcome to another crazy week, made all the better by my new blog? 😉

This fall, my dear, sweet roommate introduced me to knitting (bless her heart!) I took to it like any typical crafter would, and I am still trying to learn about it as much as possible. My close family members have embraced my new obsession, and the craft stores around thank me for the insane amounts of service I have given them. My room is filled with yarn and knitting needles, but the sight sure makes my heart happy.

I appreciate sharing this hobby with my seven roommates at college, and we are forever sharing our new and exciting knitting news. We sure know how to live the college life…

Over Christmas break, I took on my latest project and found a new pattern to use: The basketweave! This uses a combination of knitting and purling to create a pattern that looks like this:

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For those of my readers who don’t knit, just ignore the following lingo and appreciate the photos. For my fellow knitters, here are the directions for creating this pattern:

  • Cast on in multiples of 10.
  • Row 1: K6, P4
  • Row 2: K4, P6
  • Row 3: K6, P4
  • Row 4: K4, P6
  • Row 5: K6, P4
  • Row 6: Knit whole row.
  • Row 7: P4, K6
  • Row 8: P6, K4
  • Row 9: P4, K6
  • Row 10: P6, K4
  • Row 11: P4, K6
  • Row 12: Knit whole row.

Continue in this pattern until you complete your project.

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I hope this has brightened up your Monday! Here’s to a wonderful week.

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