I fell in love with this blanket the moment I saw it on the Purl Bee website. It’s knitted in beautiful colours of Blue Sky Cotton, a gorgeously soft 100% cotton yarn. If you read my earlier post, you’ll know that I’d bought two extra skeins of yarn – one in Mediterranean, and one in Raspberry, planning to wait till my grandchild was born before deciding on which to use. When our darling Austin was born on 15th January, I knew the Raspberry was clearly out, and after much deliberation, I happily settled on this line-up:
Chevron Baby Blanket | colours - Mum and I converted the single-yarn skeins into double-yarn balls
First the Mediterranean, then Lemongrass, Lemonade, Bone, Tulip, Drift, and finally, Sleet. The Graphite didn’t make it in. So, one evening last week, I began knitting, but because I hadn’t done this for some time, I wasn’t fluent with the technical terms. I stopped pretty much immediately after having cast on my 100 stitches, and took the whole thing into my Wednesday morning sewing session with Trish, who ended up undoing a row for me that I’d messed up, before showing me how to proceed.
Great, no problem, I kept going, and for the next few evenings, I knitted and knitted and knitted. It felt nice, I remembered how much I enjoyed this craft, and in no time really at all, I approached the end of my first ball of yarn.
how pretty does it look!
If you decide to knit this blanket, I have some feedback about the pattern that I think is essential for you to know.
I'm nearly at the end of my first ball
Since my knitting supplies are void of counters of any kind, I created a little checklist to keep track of the repeats.
see the problem?
I still have another three rows to knit, but not enough yarn to even do one more row. I’m now not very happy. Even though the pattern makes mention of possibly running a little short with the first colour…
which I think is still not really acceptable
What am I supposed to do? I either make the first colour four rows shorter than the others, or buy another skein. Except now I’m wondering if I’m going to run into the same problem with each of the other colours, and will end up having to buy double the amount of yarn – most of which won’t be used of course since I only need an extra three rows – making this one of the most expensive little 26″ x 33″ baby blanket ever! I’ve written to The Purl Bee, asking them about it, and hopefully will get an answer soon. In the meantime, I’ve ordered one skein of Mediterranean from Jimmy Beans Wool (much cheaper postage $5.30 vs $17.50 quoted by TPB for shipping one skein of cotton, and cheaper prices in general). I hope it arrives soon. This little munchkin is already approaching his one-month birthday, and I need to finish his blanket before he outgrows it!
I’ll let you know how this goes. Wish me luck!