Pattern: Pinwheel Baby Blanket by Genia Planck (Ravelry project page), available for free from the Knitlist’s website here.
Size: With this blanket you start at *k1, yo, rep around and keep adding (k2, yo, rep, then k3, yo, rep, etc). I kept going until I had (I believe) 47 sts between YOs, which would be 480 sts on the needles. I didn’t want a huge blanket for the crib, I wanted something I could wrap the baby in or tuck over the stroller without having too much excess. I keep forgetting to measure it, though, to know how wide it actually is. (I also haven’t blocked it, and don’t plan on it).
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby in White, 1 ball. I ran out of yarn at the last eyelet row before the border, so while you can’t actually tell, the last 2 rows and the border itself are all knit with the same yarn in the White Sparkle colorway (white with a silver thread wrapped around it).
Needles: 5 mm
Dates: July 24 – September 17 2008 (until I got close to the end, this was my take anywhere/mindless knitting project, so I didn’t often work on it at home).
Modifications: 2 major ones.
First I added the eyelet roundss. After seeing Tara’s Pinwheel Blanket I remembered how badly I’d wanted to knit one, and I decided to knit one for the new baby. I couldn’t knit it plain, however, as I’d knit Jakob a Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket (Rav link) and I wanted to have something that looked at least somewhat as impressive as all those eyelet letters. I decided on the eyelet rounds and at first I had planned on putting them in on every doubled row. So, for example, when it was time for an eyelet row, instead of working the pattern row, then one row plain, I worked the pattern row, then one row of *k2tog, yo, rep across. Then I jumped back into the pattern on the next row. The doubled row theory had me placing them in the plain rounds after the “k2, yo” row, then the “k4, yo” row, then the “k8, yo” row, and so on. However, I quickly realized that once I got to “k16, yo” my next doubled row would be “k32, yo” and that would leave a large expanse of stockinette stitch without any eyelets. Also, I didn’t plan on knitting enough more rounds to be able to go on to “k64, yo” or further. I decided to work backwards instead, and after completing the “k16, yo” row, I worked until 8 more rounds had been done, threw in the eyelets, then did 4 more rounds, then the eyelets, then 2 more, then the last row of eyelets before the border. I’d already calculated how wide I wanted the blanket, and thus how many sts I would have, so I was able to plan it out that accurately.
My other modification was for the border. I knew from the beginning that I’d wanted something that went with the circles and spiral and eyelets, without being too severe (like a garter or moss band, much as I like those) or too fussy (like a sudden lace triangular border, or something). I knew I had to have seen something like what I was looking for, and sure enough I even had it in my stash- Lucy Neatby’s Faroese Flower Shawl pattern (Rav link). The border was fun and easy to adapt to this blanket, and gave me the exact look I was going for, plus is something fun for baby to stick its fingers through later.
Oh, and even though this was knit, instead of CO 10 sts and going from there, and tightening the center later, I used the Magic Adjustable Ring technique from Crochet Me and got a perfect, round center start.
Notes: I’m really, really pleased with how this project turned out. It was a fun chance to “spruce up” an existing pattern with my own ideas and I’m really happy with the end result.
As usual you can find my finished (and unfinished!) projects in my “projects” page by clicking the tab up at the top of every page on my blog, and I also have this project in my Ravelry notebook here.
November 12, 2008 at 10:26 am
It looks great!
November 16, 2008 at 11:41 am
Gorgeous pinwheel blanket! Love the edging too!
November 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm
That’s really sweet. I made a circular blankie for my third, and she turned 3 yesterday, and it is still dragged everywhere. It makes a great impromtu shawl!
November 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm
So beautiful, love it, love it, LOVE IT. Love the eyelet rows, love the edging. Fabulous,dahling! Really. (Can you tell I like it?)