My little baby’s knitted blanket
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One of the very first projects I wanted to do when I got pregnant was a warm little knitted blanket. I totally fell in love with this one on Pinterest. So much that I decided to do exactly the same !
I immediately pictured a nice warm little cosy blanket, passed on with love from generation to generation. “See baby, your great grand-mother made it for your grandmother when she was expecting her and know you can give it to your own daughter who will then pass it on”. Yeah I like to dream my life and the life of my descendants 😉
But here’s fact. A blanket, even a baby blanket, it takes a looooot of time to knit. And it’s isn’t exactly thrilling to knit. It took me months to knit the blanket. Then it took me at least to months to finally start the leggs and head embroidery. And then again I waited another few months to sew the lining. Finally, just one week before due date, the blanket is ready !
What are we talking about ?
The pattern is the Sheep Blanket by Jean Adel published in the EBook Precious Knit Blankies for Babies. Unfortunately you have to buy the whole EBook, the pattern is not available alone. The book contains 16 patterns for 11,90 Dollars I found it worth it. And I was so in love with the pattern anyway that I didn’t think about it too long !
How is it done ?
For the sheeps I used a Phildar Phil’Douce leftover from another project. It’s very fluffy and I found it just perfect to knit some sheeps.
For the main color, I wanted some Merino wool because the future daddy and I are both pretty sensitive to pure wool and I didn’t want the blanket to feel itchy. But it had to be easy to wash too because, well, you never know what can happen with babies… I looke for a long time and decide to buy online the Schachenmayer Merino Extrafine 85. Color 221 is a really pretty yellow, warm and luminous. Exactly what I had in mind ! I took the same in black for the heads and legs of the sheeps.
The blanket and the sheeps are knitted together in a Fair Isle stitch. The leggs and heads are embroidered afterwards.
I didn’t make any gauge because I thought it didn’t matter for a blanket but maybe I should have because it looks a bit small to me.
Do I recommend this pattern ?
The pattern is quite easy but if you’re a begginer knitter, don’t expect this pattern to take you by the hand. I never knitted with two colors before, stripes exepted and I had a bit of trouble understanding how to do it this time. I should have tied my yarn on the wrong side of the sheeps once in a while to avoid the yellow yarn to hang on such a long distance. But I actually only realised it was Fair Isle when I was almost finished. Otherwise I would have done a little research before…
I also found the embroidery instructions a bit too simple and it took me a while to be (almost) happy with the result. When all the sheeps are done, I find the ensemble nice but if you look at the sheeps one by one, some of them look really weird.
So it’s a nice pattern but if you’re a beginner, be ready to do a bit of research on the techniques you’ll need.
No alteration of the knitting pattern has been made. But I decided that I needed a lining to hide all the imperfections on the wrong side. I looked it up but didn’t manage to find good explanations on how to line a knit with fabric. So I improvised !
After blocking, the blanket didn’t really have a regular shape so it was kinda hard to figure out what to do. I cut a rectangular shape in my fabric, as close as possible to the dimensions of my blanket, and I added some allowances to make a nice little fold.
I then sewed with my sewing machine, wrong side together. I sewed as close as I could to the edge of the fabric while trying to make the stitches disappear in the border of the knitted side. On the fabric side, the edge of the knitted side is slightly visible.
I didn’t want to sew the right sides together and then turn it inside out because I really like the knitted border. Moreover, I was afraid that the sides would be to thick after turning the blanket inside out since I wouldn’t be able to trim the seam allowances from the knitted part.
Then I sewed again along th knitted border but it wasn’t enough. I had to find a way to make the knitted side and the fabric side stay together so I sewed three vertical lines, one in the middle, one left, one right, always trying to make the stitches disappear between the knitted stitches. The result is far from perfect, the sewed stitches are still visible on both sides but after a good press it looks good enough for me.
The result would have been nicer and more discreet if I had sewed a few stitches by hand across the whole blanket. On the yellow dots for example. But honestly I didn’t had it in me.
At least my technique was fast enough for the blanket to be ready for my daughter’s birth 🙂
Will I knit it again ?
I’d like to because I’d like to do better. But honestly I am not sure I’ll find the courage to spend so much time on a knitting project, at least as long as I am not able to knit faster.
What about you, have you ever knitted a blanket ?
Do you have your own special technique to line a knit with fabric ?
Pattern : Sheep Blanket by Jean Adel Wool : Phildar Phil'Douce Ecru 32 Schachenmayer Merino Extra Fine 85 Jaune 221 Schachenmayer Merino Extra Fine 85 Noire 299 Needles 5mm Fabric : Vintage, Flea Market