Thursday, July 02, 2009

Feather & Fan Baby Blanky Pattern


The pattern is so simple. It's fun too. You have four rows per repeat pattern, so the first is a new colour, then you endure the pearl row, then it's the pattern row, and with one more, you've finished! So it carries you on quickly.
If I did another, I'd make the edges slightly different and so the pattern reflects that (I did 6 Stocking stiches rather than the 3 on Linda Ball's beautiful Baby Bib, and three looks much better).
I have used Shokay's Orient for the main colour, which is a 4ply ish Yak wool blended with a touch of Bamboo. It's stunning to use, so soft, and wears incredibly well. No pills! Yay!

WITH SIZE 4mm NEEDLES:
Cast on 132 sts.
Row 1: K (wrong side)
Row 2: Sl1, P to end of row (do this for on the first stitch of every row to give a firmer edge, excepting the first row of a new colour or it'll look odd).
Repeat rows 1 & 2.
Row 5: Sl1-K.
This finishes the reverse Stocking stitch border.
Pattern:
*Row 1: Sl1-K to end of row.
Row 2: Sl Knitwise, P to end of row.
Row 3: Sl1-K2, K2tog x3, (YO-K1 x 6, K2tog x6) six times, YO-K1 x6, K2tog x3, K3.
Row 4: Sl1-K (wrong side).*
Change colours for each repeat if you want to.
Continue in pattern for desired length (I did 51 repeats for a good pram or basket length).
Next row: Sl1-P to end of row.
3 more rows reverse Stocking stitch (K,P,K).
CO.
Because of the frequent changes of colour and the resulting sewing-in of ends, I crocheted the side edges with a Picot stitch...
*Single crochet-Chain 3, then crochet into 1st stitch of chain. Single crochet.* Effectively this means that every second single-crochet has the picot.
Repeat for as long as you want to.
I used Youtube for the tutorial on the picot, and will for any other thing I can't figure out ever!

I'm pretty sure this is right, but please let me know if it's not huh?
x

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi lovely blanket, just what i've been looking for.
One question - how much yarn and what size needles did you use?
Rachel

Bobby said...

I used bits and pieces, but the main colour... I had to buy 200g although I have a bit over. Perhaps if you bought 3 x 50g balls it would be enough, then bits and pieces.

krista said...

Hey there, wonderful blanket, I'm making this for a coworker that is due in a few months.

Thanks for sharing!

Bobby said...

I'm happy you're making one too! It didn't take long. You must send me a picture, huh? I almost wich I'd used red as a main colour and oranges and so on for contrast...

Marja said...

Thanks for this pattern. I was looking for a simple blanket pattern and this is perfect.

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern! I've found other feather and fan tutorials that were confusing and ended up full of problems, but yours works wonderfully and is soooo easy! I can even suggest it to my friend who just started knitting! Very beautiful, just wish you had a close up photo of the pattern so I could compare to my final product to see if I could improve it. Thank you so much!