View Full Version : 10/6 UPDATE-new pic WIP - Patchwork baby blanket

09-20-2007, 09:57 AM
This item is now finished and a new thread has been started HERE (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72492).


The squares are:

FISH (http://community.livejournal.com/knitting/5714491.html)- This pattern is suppose to flatten out the fish for a whole blanket of fishies, but they were still puffy which is what I wanted anyway. However line 26 of the pattern is incorrect and should read:

Slip, SSK, K1, KFB, SSK, KFB, K1, K2TOG, K1

(the row that follows this correction is the "Slip, K10" row)

SUN (http://www.rainyk.com/files/Summer_Sun.doc)- Somehow the pattern got off. Was it me? Maybe. Anyway I did a little scribbly thing in the orange to fill in the extra space near the top of the pattern. Definitely do in the different color.

SAILBOAT- (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/sailboatcloth.html)WOW, definitely like the way this came out with the differenct colors. Next time straighten out the angle on the front of the boat though.

DINOSAUR (Stegosaurus)- I cannot for the life of me find the link again to the actual pattern. My printed copy has http://knitted-kitty-creations.com but when I go there I can't find this FREE pattern. Again I made a few changes to it anyway.

Frog (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/www.purpleduckie.com/frogpatternpage.com) - I changed it a tad to make him a little plumper

HORSE (http://knittingknonsense.com/loopyapaloosacloth.html)- Modified from the original to the head is up more

HOUSES (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/littlehouses.html)- Easy pattern. Didn't have to change anything.

TEAM LOGOS- Red Wings, Pistons, U of M, Tigers, Lions (my own)

SHEEP (Bobbles the SheeP) (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/bobbles_sheep.html) (changed it a bit)

TURTLE (http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/02/embossed-turtle.html)
MOON & STARS (http://acrazyknitter.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-first-design-stars-and-moon.html) - Do pattern in different colors next time

ABC/123- My own, but didn't turn out as good as I'd have liked... I may have to do something about that.) Looks way better after "duplicate" stitching on some color. Update: did the dup stitch as best I could with purls on RS... looks good though
The finished piece is knitted as one piece rather than doing all that seaming. It will use 7 different colors and be made up of 12 squares with different stuff in each square and quite likely have an outer border if I can figure out how to do that and get it done before the baby shower on Oct 14!

ALL DONE! :knitting:See post listed at top of this thread for more information.

09-20-2007, 10:10 AM
Wow! I love it and I love that you aren't having to seam it. That will be a family treasure.

09-20-2007, 10:18 AM
WOW :inlove: Beautiful! I especially love the turtle square-he's SO CUTE! What a lucky baby to be receiving this blanket--it will be an heirloom!

09-20-2007, 10:55 AM
wow! thats beautiful!

09-20-2007, 11:01 AM
:inlove: I love it!!

09-20-2007, 11:15 AM
That is lovely . It is going to look amazing when it is finished.

Don't forget to post a pic.

09-20-2007, 11:39 AM
Great job, Marni, it is going to be beautiful!

Jan in CA
09-20-2007, 11:51 AM
That is going to be beautiful!

09-20-2007, 11:58 AM
Wow I can't wait to see it finished x

09-20-2007, 02:22 PM
WOW! Great job, looks SOOOO complicated.

09-20-2007, 03:18 PM
WoW! What a neat idea! Looks great! Can't wait to see it all done!

09-20-2007, 03:24 PM
thats beautiful! i love how your doing something different on each square! :thumbsup:

Lindsey H
09-20-2007, 04:42 PM
That's going to be beautiful. I have been contemplating something similar for my boys. I can't wait to see it.

09-20-2007, 04:57 PM
Oh...My...Gah!!!!!:thud:That is absolutely beautiful!!


09-20-2007, 05:08 PM
Very bright and fabulous.

09-20-2007, 06:14 PM
Great colors, and I love the different patterns on each block, not to mention the fact that you don't have to seam it. Beautiful!

Liz 14
09-21-2007, 08:35 AM
That looks absolutely great, cannot wait to see the finished blanket:muah:

09-21-2007, 12:25 PM
Thanks so much for the nice replies. I hadn't thought of it as an heirloom.... I suppose that's up to the recipient. :aww:

It isn't hard... but it is a mental piece since I'm working off 3 patterns of different sizes and (some are just pictures that I gridded) at once and had to change them to fit only to find out that I.

The next 3 colors I'm working have an interesting amount of difficulty.... oiy... my brain!:eyes:

09-21-2007, 06:22 PM
So pretty and I love the colors :happydance:

09-22-2007, 03:37 AM
WOW. I love the color combination.

09-22-2007, 12:51 PM
Wow! Love the bright colors and I can appreciate the mental challenge of doing three diff designs at a time. I did an alphabet blanket for my new nephew last year but one block at a time...re-gridding so all letters were to scale...and my gray matter was overwhelmed at times. ;)

Can't wait for the FO and interested to see what you come up with for border. Were you planning to knit it or crochet (this is always my preference)?


09-22-2007, 02:07 PM
:shock: Very nice. :notworthy:

09-22-2007, 02:12 PM
Looks great!

09-26-2007, 04:46 PM
:woot: I finished the second strip... Holy Cow! Half way done. The plan for the rest isn't nearly as complicated!


So far the squares are:Navy: Little Houses (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/~dishbout/kpatterns/littlehouses.html)
White: Detroit Team Logos: Red Wings, Pistons, U of M, Tigers, Lions (my own)
Blue: Bobbles the Sheep (http://www.knittingknonsense.com/bobbles_sheep.html) (my own variation)
Green: Embossed Turtle (http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/02/embossed-turtle.html)
Orange: Stars and Moon (http://acrazyknitter.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-first-design-stars-and-moon.html)
Red: A B C; 4 hearts; 1 2 3 (my own- didn't turn out as good as I'd have liked)

09-26-2007, 05:07 PM
Beautiful! Your work is really inspiring!

09-26-2007, 05:09 PM
I love the colors you chose, they look so bright and happy! Can't wait to see it when it's finished. :)

09-26-2007, 06:59 PM
I love your Detroit teams logos! Where did you find the patterns?

09-26-2007, 07:22 PM
That is such a great blanket! The block patterns and colors you chose are terrific.


09-26-2007, 07:26 PM
Marni!!! I LOVE IT!! I see that your are a fan of the right school;) I can't wait to see the FO!

09-27-2007, 04:53 AM
It is going to look amazing. Boy! am i getting the feeling of starting one of those.

Cannot wait to see it finished .

09-27-2007, 10:14 AM
wow! that looks great!! :happydance:

09-27-2007, 10:42 AM
Marni - that .... is .... AMAZING! It puts the rainbow pinwheel blanket I'm working on to shame:teehee:.

Are picking up stitches at the start of each block, or something more complicated? What yarn are you using? The colors are great!

Can't wait to see it done!

09-27-2007, 02:21 PM
Thanks all! Boy I'm learning a lot with this thing.... never did a bobble before now I have 56 of them in a 3x4" area! Poor Bobbles couldn't see her legs when I was done so I duplicate stitched one more row of legs for her. :teehee: One of the next squares I'm working contains a horse with loops for a mane and tail so I had to figure out how to do that technique too.

Anyway. Nothing special about knitting all the blocks together. I used a knitted cast on (1st time for that) and used a slip knot to start the next color during the cast on. Really after you get it going all you have to do is make sure to cross your yarn in the back of the work and start knitting with the color of the next block.

The yarn isn't nearly as special as this piece is growing to become. That was another challenge though. I'm using Red Heart Super Soft for the red, green and orange knitted on size 7 needles and Vanna's Choice for the 2 blues the white and the mustard (not used yet) but on a size 8 needle. In addition to using different needle size for each yarn, my swatches also indicated that I'd need 65 rows of Vanna to the 67 rows of Red Heart for equal height. Now you see why I didn't intermix the two yarns in each stripe. Holy cow! :eyes:

I graphed out the Detroit team logos myself. The hardest one was the Red Wing logo since I had to eliminate most of the detail while still keeping the shape and concept. There are several online graphing tools, but I must say I found the best way to graph was to print out the item on a sheet of paper at about the size I wanted, print a piece of graph paper from this site (http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html); put logo behind graph paper and hold against window so you can see through it and trace the logo onto the graph paper. I took it one step further than that even and scanned the graph paper into my photo editing program and used the 'fill tool' to color in the squares on the graph paper that would represent my logo and easily erase the color too. It saved me a lot of eraser shavings and I could move it around easily without re-penciling square by square.

Thanks for looking!

09-27-2007, 03:50 PM
that's impressive Marni! All those numbers make my head spin! Good luck wiht the rest!

09-27-2007, 04:09 PM
Love this, love this! I'm doing a baby blanket with a friend...we're doing squares and attaching them together and then giving the blanket away, but I LOVE yours...what brand thread are you using and needle size?? colors are awesome!

09-28-2007, 12:26 AM
Beautiful idea!! I really like the idea of putting different designs on each block. Love the turtle so far. The colors are really nice. Hurry, hurry, October 14 is not far away. :-)

09-28-2007, 08:14 AM
BEAUTIFUL! :happydance:
You are an inspiration.


09-28-2007, 08:28 AM
I really like the look of this blanket. That is one lucky baby! How cool to do different squares, some with your own designs. Very personal!

09-30-2007, 07:11 AM
Wow. It looks great. I would frame that and hang it on the wall. No way would use it for a blankie.

09-30-2007, 09:50 AM
simply beautiful.....

Mama Bear
09-30-2007, 07:24 PM
What a great blanket!!!! Love the colors and patterns.

Mama Bear

10-06-2007, 12:12 PM
Shameless bump.




10-06-2007, 02:29 PM
I am falling in love with this . You are doing a terrific job.

It is stunning!

10-06-2007, 03:21 PM
That is the most beautiful baby blanket I have ever seen. I think it may be the most interesting one too. It will definitely be an heirloom. I want one for myself!

Lisa Kay
10-06-2007, 04:50 PM
Wow! Looks great! :cheering:

10-06-2007, 05:04 PM
wow! wonderful! I love it!

10-06-2007, 11:03 PM
That is just awesome!!!!

10-07-2007, 09:32 AM
:woot:Looks great!!

10-07-2007, 10:28 AM
I'm about 1/2 through the last squares! :knitting: