28 Dec 2015

Keep warm this winter


Large projects are perfect for this time of the year. You can add an extra log onto the fire, curl up with the cat beside you and just knit all through the afternoon if you like. There's no gardening to do, especially if the snow is falling gently outside. It's a quiet time. The holidays are over and you can sit and take your ease with an audiobook playing along. Your knitting will grow steadily as the story unfolds. 

So here's a new pattern that will give you many happy hours of knitting and also help make some real inroads into your yarn stash, the Ocean Currents Blanket. What's great about this blanket is that it's designed to use any kind of yarn you have to hand. If the yarns have a similar weight and composition and you think you can make the colours work, then feel free to use them! 


I have always loved American pieced quilts - they just have a charm and a character all of their own. You can find quilts from early settlers where many different materials have been incorporated: old shirts, dresses, left-over scraps etc. So this blanket emulates this idea and is made more beautiful by using a variety of yarns and colours. 

I chose to use a range of complementary blue yarns, but you could work a multi-coloured version for a lively look, or choose a series of natural yarns instead. Let your bedroom decor dictate your starting point and see what yarns you have to suit. The blanket here started with left-over hand-spun yarns from the Ocean Currents Rug, but then I added in all kinds of other wool yarns that were languishing in my yarn basket and teamed these with some new Cascade Yarns "Cascade 220". 


There are different dyelots in there too, just for good measure. Have you noticed that you can often get really good bargains at the local yarn stores if you just want a ball or two of a different dyelot? Well, here's you chance to raid those sale bins! The slight change of tone or colour will just add to the charm of the final piece. 

The pattern includes three different sizes for a Single/Twin bed, a Double/Queen size and a King-sized blanket. 

You can find the pattern for the Ocean Currents blanket on my website, along with details of all the other patterns in the #KnittingAhead series. 

And if you'd like to see a natural-coloured version of this blanket, please see my blogpost: "Without the Ocean".

Thank you for all the great messages about this series - I am glad that you enjoyed the blogposts and the 12 new patterns! If you'd like to go back to the start of the series and read them in sequence, then please see the first blogpost here and follow the links through.

I'll be back in the New Year but until then, keep warm and Happy Knitting!

Moira


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2 comments:

  1. Hi, I would love to try this blanket, but I would rather use cotton for a 'summer blanket'' can you recommend a cotton yarn for this blanket? Would it even look nice with cotton?
    Thanks
    Patricia

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      Absolutely! It would look great in cotton yarns for a summer blanket. I'd suggest going for a slightly thinner yarn, such as a DK weight with about 22 sts per 10cm/4 ins. I like Rico Essential Cotton DK as it knits up well and comes in a lovely range of colours. You can find that at LoveKnitting: http://www.loveknitting.com/us/rico-essentials-cotton-dk . And of course, the essential feature of this blanket is that you can use other yarns and oddments that you already have to blend in.

      You might need to adjust the number of stitches slightly to compensate for the thinner yarn, but the final size of the blanket is determined by the width of the border, so you should be able to get just the right size you want without too much advanced mathematics!

      All the best,

      Moira

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