I’ve been home a lot more than usual, something many can relate to at the moment. To keep from being overwhelmed I’ve been knitting and crocheting. A lot. It keeps me calm and [mostly] sane.
I’ve made 5 blankets in the past week. Yup. 5. (You can see my kitty Kaya sleeping on a pile above.) They’re mostly lapghan size (approx. 40×45″), but still, that’s a whole lotta blanket. Why? Well, it’s keeping me busy and focused on good things to come. At the end of this year (December 2020) I’ll be getting married. We had to postpone from our original date because this year got turned upside down a couple different ways for us.
The wedding ceremony will be outdoors (under a heated tent), but I want to make it as comfortable as possible for our guests. I started looking at suggestions for Winter weddings. My favorite was blanket favors sporting tags that read, “to have and to hold in case you get cold.” I fell in love. But what’s better than store-bought fleece blankets? How about handmade ones?! And so my crazy idea began to form. I was going to make one blanket per household attending the wedding. So now I have a goal of 80 lapghans by the beginning of December.
A couple of the ones I’ve made were in unidentified yarn in my stash, but I’ve finished 3 so far using Lion Brand Yarns.
For this blanket I let the yarn do all the work. I used 6 cakes of Stitchbird (3 of Sparrow and 3 of Seagull) and size 13 knitting needles. I worked through an entire cake of one color and then used a cake of the next and kept going back and forth between cakes of each color.
I began the blanket by casting on 5 stitches and knitting 2 rows. After this setup I worked increases as follows:
RS Rows: k1, k1fb (knit 1 front and back), knit to last 2 sts, k1fb, k1
WS Rows: k2, purl to last 2 sts, k2
I worked these 2 rows until I’d worked through 3 entire cakes of yarn. Then came the decrease section:
RS Rows: k1, ssk (slip, slip, knit), knit to last 3 sts, k2tog (knit 2 together), k1
WS Rows: k2, purl to last 2 stitch, k2
Continue these 2 rows until you have 5 stitches remaining. Then knit 2 rows even and bind off all sts.
This is the Adyson Afghan. The pattern actually calls for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Bonus Bundle® yarn, but I didn’t have that in my stash, so I made do with what I did have enough of. I substituted LBC Mako Cotton in white and grey and held this doubled (one strand of each color together). I had 6 of each (12 total) and just worked until the yarn ran out.
I loved crocheting this one and will probably make another. It’s the Tinton Afghan in Color Made Easy yarn (I used Shade). The pattern calls for 5 skeins, but I cut off a repeat and used only 4 skeins since I don’t want giant blankets for this.
So there we have it. Will I finish in time? I don’t know, but I’m having fun trying! And it’s certainly keeping me occupied. If you have a pattern recommendation let me know!
Stay safe. Stay positive. Keep stitching. We’re all in this together. “See you” soon!