2020-03-10

024: Temperature Blanket; March Edition

Since my first post I have… started over completely. Multiple times. I didn’t like one of the purples, feeling it pulled too much towards pink, and bought a different shade and started over. I also mathed it all out and discovered it will end up a little short, so in addition to a border on the top and bottom (and sides, I decided I’d be way more likely to carry yarn along the sides than actually picking up 700+ stitches and knit on borders when I’m done) I made a little border between each month. It’s about 2 cm wide, which adds an extra 22 cm. So we have 175 cm (blanket) + 10 cm (outside border) + 22 (inside border) which should mean I’ll end up with a 197 cm long blanket, which works since a bed is about 200 cm long.

 

This is how wide it is. I didn’t actually measure, but my bed is 120 cm wide, so I’d guess about 130 cm? Also pictured: one cat, two knitting projects, and an awesome cup of coffee.

The pattern in question is super easy:

Cast on 179 sts.

Work 5 cm (12 rows) of seed stitch. Knit one row in same colour as first row in pattern (to keep from the black showing up in the purl sections, I don’t like when it does).

After that:

RS: Sl 1, 8 sts seed stitch in black, (K5, p7) to last 14, k5, 9 sts seed stitch in black.

WS: Sl 1, 8 sts seed stitch in black, (P5, k7) to last 14, p5, 9 sts seed stitch in black.

I do six rows of this (since 6 x 5 = 30 and each month is 30ish days) before switching it around to:

RS: Sl 1, 8 sts seed stitch in black, p6 (k5, p7) to last 22, k5, p6, 9 sts seed stitch in black.

WS: Sl 1, 8 sts seed stitch in black, k6 (p5, k7) to last 22, p5 k6, 9 sts seed stitch in black.

When it’s time for a border I do a knit row before beginning seed stitch to avoid the evil black purl stitches (unsure why I hate them so much?).

 

Still trying to figure out how to mark out snow and other stuff like that. I experimented with making little “snowflakes”, but tbh embroidering on very loosely knitted fabric is a nightmare. I think I either need to wait until I have lined the blanket (sadly necessary because of the tangled mess on the back), or do something in duplicate stitch. I just wasn’t happy with the results when I did it intarsia style, and decided to just leave it for now and decide later. Theoretically embroidery would be awesome! But I’m… not good at it. Especially not on knit fabric. So I’m still thinking on that part.

So we’ll see. But I’m not bored yet, which considering my adhd is amazing.

 

 

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