Saturday, May 31, 2008

Super Easy Baby Blanket

Whit has done it again. This will be perfect for my new nephew due in a couple of months. Project courtesy of Whit's Knits at The Purl Bee.





Supplies

7 skeins of Alchemy Yarns' Temple, 100% superfine superwash merino wool. These colors from the top are Lantern, Citrine, Silver, Moonstone, Platinum, Topaz, and Kai's Goldfish

A US #7 circular needle, 24 or 32 inches long.

A tapestry needle.


Gauge
21.5 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished Size
26 inches x 28 inches

Pattern
With a US #7 needle and the first color, loosely cast on 140 stitches.

Knit every row until there are 20 garter stitch "ridges" (1 ridge = 2 rows).

Switch to the second color at the beginning of the next row, and knit every row until there are 20 ridges.

Repeat with each color, making sure to always switch colors on the same side.


After knitting 20 ridges with the seventh color, loosely bind off.

Weave in the ends.

This yarn is superwash which means you can safely put it in the washer and dryer. However, if you've used any bright saturated colors (especially reds), you may want to add white distilled vinegar to your first wash in order to "set" the dyes. I read somewhere to add 3 cups; that seems like a lot, but it can't hurt!

2 comments:

Karen said...

Mo, I love those colors!!! Looks so Gap-like. You seriously amaze me!!!

e said...

I think that much vinegar seems a lot. What I usually do is soak in the sink with 2 capfuls of vinegar. Soak it for 20 mins in lukewarm water and then rinse it gently. That usually sets the color.