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. 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. If you’ve been reading my blog you may know that I getting married at the end of this year (December 2020). We had to postpone from our original date in September because this year got turned upside down a couple different ways for us. Fingers crossed that by December we can have our big day. Although at this point it seems like it’s more than a wedding, it’s going to be a celebration for all our guests that we made it through this crazy year.
The wedding ceremony will be outdoors (under a heated tent), so 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. (Each guest/household will get to take home their blanket.)
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!