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Toast King
10-23-2006, 03:58 PM
Hello there! :waving:

Long time no WIP from me! But now I'm making a baby blanket for my friend's little arrival next month - don't know what it's going to be, so I've opted for a nice gender-neutral green colour - although perhaps the butterflies are a smidge feminine :eyebrow:

http://static.flickr.com/89/277519791_e2d45ef0af.jpg

The pattern's made up of 3 motifs from the Knitting on the Edge book (Nicky Epstein) kind of mushed together ;) - and it's being knit in RYC Cashsoft 4ply, colour Spring (don't ask me why on earth I'm knitting a blanket in 4ply... trust me I've learnt me lesson! :wall:)

Anyways, I was after a bit of advice, purrrlease :pray: - I'd like to pick up and knit a nice border around the edge when it's done - I have a nice contrasting cream colour (you might be able to see it in the bottom piccie) - but I'm looking for stitch pattern ideas - anyone? Also, would you block the blanket before adding the border? Or just block it all at the same time - the "columns" in the pattern give it quite a lot of sideways stretch so I though blocking before might be useful - what do you think?

http://static.flickr.com/88/277519788_3f2d8f9071.jpg

Thanks for looking & thanks in advance for any advice! Sorry for waffling away here :yadda: - perhaps I should post this in Patterns to see if anyone has extra ideas there.... :thinking:

Katie xxx

jberry16
10-23-2006, 05:32 PM
I think it's beautiful, never blocked anything before so I dont know how to answer your question. If you know how to crochet you could pick up and crochet a pretty border around it.
I think you have a lot of work to do before the arrival, but it sure will be beautiful when done-be sure to post a pic of the fo!

Ingrid
10-23-2006, 08:42 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: I think I'd block it before adding a border, just to be safe. I'm not sure what border to add, though--maybe one of the patterns in the blanket?

psammeadred
10-23-2006, 10:18 PM
Oh, WOW. That is awesome!

Amber
10-23-2006, 10:46 PM
That is soooo beautiful! I love the color and the stitch patterns you've used.

Freyja
10-23-2006, 11:19 PM
You did a great job!
It is beautiful. :heart:

As for a border, how about basket weave or seed stitch? The would both lie flat and look great. They are my two favorites

Jan in CA
10-23-2006, 11:43 PM
That is stunning!!

nonny2t
10-24-2006, 02:16 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! I think the baby and the mother is going to love it!

Lieke
10-24-2006, 02:17 AM
:inlove: That looks great!

rebecca
10-24-2006, 12:19 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! I agree with Ingrid on both counts, I would block before the border and I would use one of the patterns in the blanket :cheering:

knitterma
10-24-2006, 02:30 PM
Wow! Fantastic work!

I would definitely block before you do a border ... as for the border itself, I would suggest something sturdy but plain, more pattern in the outside border might look too busy. Just IMO. I :heart: the leaves and butterflies combo!

Toast King
10-25-2006, 07:05 AM
Thanks for the advice :muah: - you guys rock :yay:

Am defintely going to block before adding the border - I've got another 4 or 5 repeats to do on the the main body so I have a bit more time to think about the border pattern.

Another Q actually - would you add the border in one go (i.e. pick up stitches on all four sides) or one side at a time? I guess either way will involve some clever increases at the corners so it lies flat... hmmm more thinking :??

Toast King
11-08-2006, 02:40 PM
Hehe! Phew! I've managed to finish the body of the blankie... 288 rows later and now it's blocking!!!

http://static.flickr.com/116/292434292_eb1e40c0cb.jpg

The little nipper is due any day so I think I'm going to exhange the idea of a lacy border for a nice ribbon stitched around the edge - thanks for all your advice though - there's such a lot of pattern in the blanket that I think some ribbon would look more elegant somehow... will post a piccie when it's done (I'm enlisting the help of my mum's super sewing skills this weekend...she doesn't know this yet ;))

Whilst the recipient of this gift is now 5 days late, a friend of a friend had her baby at 28 weeks last week - I thought a little preemie beanie would be in order to keep her head toastie - by all accounts, she's doing well so fingers crossed everyone :pray: Here's the little hat, modelled by a orange :)
http://static.flickr.com/106/292417864_313b5dffbe.jpg

:muah:

gimmesanity
11-08-2006, 02:55 PM
The blanket is gorgeous - and I think the ribbon idea is fabulous.

28 weeks? Awww, I'm glad she's doing well. I bet they'll appreciate the beautiful hat.

Jan in CA
11-08-2006, 03:17 PM
That blanket is just gorgeous!!

Love the little hat!

mtrinity2025
11-08-2006, 04:15 PM
I TOTALLY LOVE!!!!! the blanket. It looks incredible and thank you for giving me a visual on how to block. I'm a newbie and didn't really understand what blocking was so thanks again.

My question to you is how do you add borders? Do you pick up stitches with a stitch holder and than knit them in or is there some other way?

Love your advice


PS>>> Will you be posting the pattern for this blanket on the forum. I would love to have it and try it myself!!!

mks22300
11-08-2006, 08:18 PM
The blankie is beautiful! Your friend and her baby are going to love it! :heart:
The wee hat is so cute!

Toast King
11-22-2006, 06:30 PM
The little fella arrived last Thursday (2 weeks late!) and he's a stunner! :heart:

... And the blanket's finished too! My wonderful mum sewed a ribbon on for me (I'm utterly useless) & there's a wee hat to accompany the blankie too. Here's some pics:

Blanket:
http://static.flickr.com/111/303759430_7e32bbad48.jpg

Close-up on ribbon edge:
http://static.flickr.com/113/303761668_22e4370f71.jpg

Hat, modelled by a monkey... of course:
http://static.flickr.com/112/303761697_bb1335fa6e.jpg

Hat & Blankie set:
http://static.flickr.com/117/303763199_b304183f23.jpg

Yarn specs:
Blanket: RYC Cashsoft 4ply in Spring ~6 balls
Hat: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in 607 (I think, dark purple anyway) and 002 (green) and Sublime Baby Cashmere merino silk dk (cream 003) - small stash busting amounts of each ;)

Jan in CA
11-22-2006, 06:35 PM
It looks beautiful with the border on it! :inlove: The hat is cute, too!

knitterma
11-22-2006, 07:31 PM
I remember you being undecided on the border - GOOD CALL with the satin edging! That looks PERFECT! Such a beautiful FO.

aineepooh1
11-22-2006, 08:06 PM
that is great and what a thoughtful idea for theparents of a preemie baby :cheering: :cheering:

aineepooh1
11-22-2006, 08:07 PM
OMG!! my computer load sLLLLOoowwlyyy and I just NOW saw the entire competed project..AWESOME!! :heart: :cheering:

Lieke
11-23-2006, 09:31 AM
It looks great :heart:

knit-errant
11-23-2006, 09:46 AM
That's gorgeous! What great work. :)

jdee
11-23-2006, 11:56 AM
How Gorgeous! I like the ribbon border.

Mama Bear
11-23-2006, 01:11 PM
Not sure how I missed this! The blanket is stunning! The hats are adorable.

Mama Bear

gardenmommy
11-23-2006, 01:20 PM
I love the hat, and the blanket is GORGEOUS! Well done!

feministmama
11-23-2006, 03:30 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: what a lucky baby!

Quiltlady
11-24-2006, 04:16 AM
The baby blanket is just beautiful. YOu did a wonderful job on it. I'm sure it will be a bit hit. :cheering:

catownedanna
11-24-2006, 06:18 AM
This post's Swedish word/phrase: "Hoppas att Katie mår bra!" = "Hope Katie's feeling well!"
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:cheering: Great job on the blanket and hat, Katie!!! :muah: I'm sure the baby'll love the blanket!!!

itscryttle
11-25-2006, 03:16 PM
BEAUTIFUL! I love it. :heart:

mwedzi
11-26-2006, 12:01 PM
How in the world did I miss this? That is such a beautiful blanket! Just gorgeous.

mtrinity2025
11-29-2006, 06:00 PM
I was just wondering if you were going to post the pattern to this blanket?
I would love to try it myself.

You did an awesome job. I know they will love it forever!!! :cheering:

CindyH
11-29-2006, 11:54 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Absolutely beautiful! And I LOVE the ribbon edging. Great job!