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dustinac
04-09-2009, 08:43 AM
This KAL will run from June till how ever long it takes, please feel free to join us at any time :thumbsup:

If you are not knitting this for Christmas but for yourself, that's ok still join in (prolly what I'm gonna be doing) :teehee:

A couple of days ago I came across a pattern for the Christmas Star Afghan which can be found here (http://www.freepatterns.com/list.html?criteria=christmas+stars+afghan), you can see it from that link but in order to print it out, you do have to use your e-mail addy to access it but it's free.

Then on Ravelry I seen how I would like to do it, by double knit. This way there is no bad side to the knitting! Here is the link (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/breckalewis/christmas-stars-afghan)to how the member worked hers she breaks down the info for you, isn't it stunning? :happydance:

I contacted her and she said that we can use her charts since she got them from this book (http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/%7Edb/0002/bsb00026001/images/index.html)(she did modify them though)

If you go to her flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26759735@N08/3302189079/) you can see a bigger size of the charts which may be easier to print.

Or if you would like to find your own chart or just use the pattern's chart you can do that too.

To make your own chart you could use this site (http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/norwegianknitwearfairisleknittingpatterns.htm) she has a lot of free charts there, use this website (http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/)to create your own, use this website (http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html)to create your own graft paper to print and then draw out your chart, or if you have a book with ideas you could use that. I have the book The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Traditional-Fair-Knitting/dp/0684176033/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239280435&sr=1-4) that has a lot of charts in it :thumbsup:

Other Notes:

I don't plan on working the name into the blanket, but she does share the charts on how she created the name that may help you :thumbsup:

I figured we could start this in June 'cause that would give everyone time to figure out their yarn...plus that is the start of the 6 month count down to Christmas :teehee:

Her finished size of blanket is: 34 x 35" -used 9.5 skeins in KP's Shine Cream and 9.5 skeins in Sailor (KP Shine).

If you don't want to double knit the blanket and want to knit the original, please join us

If you have no experience with double knit, no worries it's not hard...Here is a pattern (http://www.knittinghelp.com/patterns/free-knitting-patterns-heart-double-knit-hot-pad)on KH that may help you along with videos


I hope many of you will join me in knitting this very beautiful blanket :hug:

Woodi
04-09-2009, 11:16 AM
If I were to do an entire fancy blanket in a KAL, I'd prefer the aran squares, as I'm not fond of knitting fair isle. Or a blanket with many different types of knitting in it.

I made one years ago, in 5 strips. I would knit with one pattern for about 6 inches, then switch to another pattern for another 6 inches and continue like this until I had the length I wanted. Then I knit 5 more strips, continuing with changing the pattern. Unfortunately, I gave the 5 strips, which took me over a year to knit, to my mother, who then knit a dark border around each strip,(complete with white dog hairs knitted in) and then gave it to a non-knitting friend to sew together. She sewed it together all bass-ackwards! one or two strips would be right-side up, the next: right side down, then up again. I was so hearbroken, I kept the blanket for a year, but everytime I looked at it, I'd feel sad. So much of my knitting work wasted.

I gave it to the Salvation Army store. My DH brought it in, I waited in the car. He said a woman snatched it up as fast as he put it on the table. I felt slightly better.

So, although I'd love to join a blanket KAL, I fear the bad memories will return.

but maybe it's like having a car accident....they say you need to get back at the wheel asap!

Abbily
04-09-2009, 11:43 AM
Dustina, thanks so much for posting this, along with all of the supporting links! June is a great start date- I should be able to actually join in at that point!

Jan in CA
04-09-2009, 12:26 PM
I would love to do this sometime, but I'm not sure if I'll be getting involved with this one. Too much to do right now, but I certainly will be watching the beautiful blankets develop! :thumbsup:

dustinac
04-09-2009, 12:38 PM
If I were to do an entire fancy blanket in a KAL, I'd prefer the aran squares, as I'm not fond of knitting fair isle. Or a blanket with many different types of knitting in it.

I made one years ago, in 5 strips. I would knit with one pattern for about 6 inches, then switch to another pattern for another 6 inches and continue like this until I had the length I wanted. Then I knit 5 more strips, continuing with changing the pattern. Unfortunately, I gave the 5 strips, which took me over a year to knit, to my mother, who then knit a dark border around each strip,(complete with white dog hairs knitted in) and then gave it to a non-knitting friend to sew together. She sewed it together all bass-ackwards! one or two strips would be right-side up, the next: right side down, then up again. I was so hearbroken, I kept the blanket for a year, but everytime I looked at it, I'd feel sad. So much of my knitting work wasted.

I gave it to the Salvation Army store. My DH brought it in, I waited in the car. He said a woman snatched it up as fast as he put it on the table. I felt slightly better.

So, although I'd love to join a blanket KAL, I fear the bad memories will return.

but maybe it's like having a car accident....they say you need to get back at the wheel asap!


The original pattern is knit in stripes and then seamed together and well it would NEVER get done if I did that...but you can Cast on all the sts at one time (the one on ravelry was a cast on of 135 sts) and worked in one piece...the color work is very easy to do...all you gotta do is figure out your tension :thumbsup:

I understand though I have not finished a big project so this will be something to see... will I finish? or not? :teehee:

I'm actually working on the Aran Afghan started it back in Sept, I think...only have 2 blocks finished :teehee:


Carey~:yay:YAY I'm so glad you can join!! What yarn are you thinking of?

Jan~Maybe later on down the road you can...no deadline on when the KAL will be over :thumbsup:

Abbily
04-09-2009, 12:53 PM
Dustina, I haven't the foggiest idea what yarn, and I haven't looked at the ravelry example to see what yarn she used, either. What are you thinking of?

Jan in CA
04-09-2009, 12:56 PM
I notice she used worsted. All I gotta say about that is that it'll be very thick. I'm making a double knit headband with Plymouth Encore and boy is it thick!

dustinac
04-09-2009, 01:03 PM
I'm not sure I have some Caron Simply pound in my stash and feel like maybe I should use that instead of buying new :teehee:

She used Knit Picks Shine...it would make a heavy blanket might try dk weight :think:

ArtLady1981
04-09-2009, 01:18 PM
Just wanted to add my 2 cents about yarn choice:

Brecka (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/breckalewis/christmas-stars-afghan)used KnitPicks SHINE worsted (http://www.knitpicks.com/Shine+Worsted+Yarn_YD5420140.html). It sells for $2.49 per 75 yd skein.

However, KnitPicks SHINE sport weight (http://www.knitpicks.com/Shine+Sport+Yarn_YD5420122.html) sells for $2.49 for 110 yd skein.

SHINE (http://knitting-yarn.knitpicks.com/search?w=SHINE)sport has 27 colors to choose from and it's washable/tumble dry...and that's always a good thing!

I'd personally recommend a sport weight yarn. Totally.

SHINE sport gives more yardage for the $2.49.

Jan in CA
04-09-2009, 01:24 PM
Did you read the latest on her Rav page? I hadn't seen it till I clicked the link this morning. Her dog chewed a hole in it.

dustinac
04-09-2009, 01:28 PM
SHINE (http://knitting-yarn.knitpicks.com/search?w=SHINE)sport has 27 colors to choose from and it's washable/tumble dry...and that's always a good thing!


:inlove: pretty colors!


Did you read the latest on her Rav page? I hadn't seen it till I clicked the link this morning. Her dog chewed a hole in it.

:passedout:

Abbily
04-09-2009, 02:50 PM
Just wanted to add my 2 cents about yarn choice:

Brecka (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/breckalewis/christmas-stars-afghan)used KnitPicks SHINE worsted (http://www.knitpicks.com/Shine+Worsted+Yarn_YD5420140.html). It sells for $2.49 per 75 yd skein.

However, KnitPicks SHINE sport weight (http://www.knitpicks.com/Shine+Sport+Yarn_YD5420122.html) sells for $2.49 for 110 yd skein.


SHINE sport gives more yardage for the $2.49.

But wouldn't it take more yarn to complete the blanket in sport weight?

dustinac
04-09-2009, 03:23 PM
I wondered about that and thought about getting a skein to see if I could gauge or close to it...I know the sport gets 6sts per inch on #3-5 needles...while the worsted gets 4.5 to 5" on 6-9 needles...When you look at her pictures she has one of a ruler by her sts and it looks like she is getting 3.5 or 4sts per inch...

With a blanket normally I wouldn't worry about gauge 'cause it doesn't have to fit...but not sure how the different yarns would come into play with how much yardage you would need :think:

Lieuvena
04-09-2009, 03:45 PM
Ooh..I'm really thinking about this one. I really love the blanket and I think I can double knit it (I have only done the hot pad from KH, but it turned out pretty good). I'm just not sure I'm fast enough to actually have it done. But..I'm really thinking about joining in.

I do wonder, do you think it would look good done in Caron Simply Soft? That's likely what I would have to use, and I would hate to put so much effort into something just for it to look bad because of yarn choice. Plus, it would be washable this way. Or would it? How do you think a double knit blanket would wash up. I'd really need it to be washable. Too many grubby kids over here!

Off to ponder...

dustinac
04-09-2009, 04:22 PM
:hug:don't worry about the time frame, no rush...I have no idea how long it will take me :teehee:

I think Caron would work and it is machine washable...I use it for my kids items and it washes up well. It will be on the heavy side being worsted, but I'm also thinking of Caron since I have it in my stash already :thumbsup:

G J
04-09-2009, 04:51 PM
Dustina, THANKS for posting this KAL! I want to do it, but for a wall-hanging. Think it would work? I'd like to use leaf or flower motifs instead of Christmas. What do you think? I need something about 36-40" wide by about 12-18". I could do just four blocks across and two up. Thinkthat would work?

Jan in CA
04-09-2009, 06:21 PM
Dustina, THANKS for posting this KAL! I want to do it, but for a wall-hanging. Think it would work? I'd like to use leaf or flower motifs instead of Christmas.

Ooo I like the leaf idea! You probably don't need it double knit for a wall hanging though.. then again it would sure lay nicely and probably not sag much, but that might depend on the yarn.

ArtLady1981
04-09-2009, 06:29 PM
I like Caron SIMPLY SOFT very much. It is a very nice yarn, affordably priced!

I looked online today, at other washable yarns...and one thing I found to be a problem...many of the yarns I liked did not have dark saturated colors nor cream or white colors. A decision about brand of yarn would be decided by the colors, and washablilty...in addition to the weight of the yarn.

I forget, does the original Christmas blanket call for worsted?
If it asks for worsted, would the motifs become distorted out of shape if we used dk or sport?:??

But, I don't mean to butt into this thread...I haven't even committed to knit the blanket! Sorry.

I might try ONE SQUARE of the blanket, as a swatch of sorts... to see how DOUBLE KNITTING and I get along! I'll use a dk and see how things pan out dimensionally speaking. You know, to see if it knits up SQUARE, and not rectangular. That'd be a bummer.

ArtLady1981
04-09-2009, 06:32 PM
But wouldn't it take more yarn to complete the blanket in sport weight?

Hmmmmm :think: that's a good point. I dunno. :?? This is what happens when I start to modify! :wall:

Well, yes...if you wanted the blanket to be a certain width and length, using sport or dk...you'd have to increase the motifs across the row. Like maybe 4 motifs instead of 3.

Gah.

Lieuvena
04-09-2009, 06:55 PM
I downloaded the pattern and it actually calls for a worsted weight acrylic yarn. The sample pattern shown in the original here (http://www.freepatterns.com/list.html?criteria=christmas+stars+afghan) was done in Red Heart Soft. So I think that Simply Soft would work great.

Artlady, I think you are absolutely right about the color though. I've been looking through color cards online also and have had a hard time finding the colors I like as well. I was thinking Simply Soft as that's what's available here. I live about 1.5-2 hours away from any city and I'm not sure I'll get there before this KAL starts. I'll keep searching though.

I really like the original colors and would like to stay as close to it as possible. I also think that I'll just do the original star chart as well, because I really like it.

As long as I can get the yarn for this project, I will be joining this KAL!

mwhite
04-09-2009, 06:57 PM
This (http://www.freepatterns.com/list.html?criteria=christmas+stars+afghan) is also very nice done in white and blue...they look like snowflakes then.

ArtLady1981
04-09-2009, 07:36 PM
I loved Brecka's blue and white.

I also like these color combos:

evergreen w/ cream
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5231387.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219864.jpg


dark burgundy w/ cream
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219850.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219864.jpg


navy blue w/ cream
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219861.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219864.jpg

navy w/lt yellow
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219861.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219852.jpg


navy w/ lt apricot
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5219861.jpg\http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5230881.jpg


dark brown w/ice pink;

http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5235152.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5229965.jpg

http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5221678.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5221762.jpg


dark purple /lt yellow
http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5229878.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5231385.jpg

http://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5221741.jpghttp://www.elann.com/images/image1/y5221743.jpg

mwhite
04-09-2009, 07:43 PM
YUMMMM, the dark brown with ice pink is gorgeous!!!

dustinac
04-09-2009, 08:59 PM
I went to knit night tonight and asked Bobbie at the LYS what she thought about subbing the yarn weight...she said she really couldn't say how much more we would need what she suggested is...get a skein and do a gauge swatch she said like if you get 6sts per inch well then it will only be 24" wide and prolly not big enough...she is thinking we would have to stay with the original if we change the yarn weight...I think the original has 5 charted blocks I gotta look at it again..

She said we should be able to sub it but we gotta do a gauge swatch. :thumbsup:

I'm thinking of doing mine in a dark purple and creme color...

I don't think changing the weight would change the outcome of the blocks in appearance though...

Another thing is I looked at their Encore DK it's machine washable and you get 150 yards for $3.20. I'm thinking this might be how I go, that way if I need more I can easily get it...and if I buy to much they will take the rest back :thumbsup:

Gina~I like that idea too...I would recommend doing the above as well get a gauge swatch to figure out the size it would be :thumbsup:

:yay:I'm so excited that ya'll are so excited

Lieuvena
04-09-2009, 09:01 PM
I really like the first 3 you posted. The evergreen w/ cream, dark burgundy w/ cream , and the navy blue w/ cream.

I'm was leaning toward a burgundy or red w/ cream. But after seeing the evergreen... I could go there!

Abbily
04-09-2009, 09:55 PM
Artlady, don't apologize! :) You're not the only one who hasn't committed yet, and either way, your experience is valuable! I love the color combos you posted!
I'm hoping to benefit from someone else's gauge swatching to get an idea of what yarn I want to use, since it will definitely be a little while before I can start on this. :)

G J
04-09-2009, 10:07 PM
Dollyce, I love that you're contributing your knowlege to the forum! Keep it up. Great color combos, btw! I'm looking for something in a really deep/dark burgundy with maybe a cream or oatmeal color or maybe even something more muted. Does KP have any really DARK burgundies? The hollyberry is too bright.

Jan in CA
04-09-2009, 10:20 PM
Plymouth Encore makes a really dark burgundy. I made my DH a hat out of it.
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000055&searchcollection=000005

G J
04-09-2009, 11:08 PM
Thanks, Jan! Do you remember if it was color 999 or another one? It's SO hard to tell online and I don't have an LYS.

Jan in CA
04-10-2009, 12:20 AM
Thanks, Jan! Do you remember if it was color 999 or another one? It's SO hard to tell online and I don't have an LYS.

I don't remember exactly and of course I didn't put the number when I put it online.:doh: I am going to my LYS Knit Night tomorrow so if you can wait I will see if they still have it and tell you what it is. I think I have a few yards left I can take with me. Keep fingers crossed they do! Crossed Fingers

ETA: this is the hat I made with it, but the color may be off a little. You want it darker than this?
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/246849009_SvGbo-S.jpg

breckalew
04-10-2009, 01:05 AM
Hey all, its Brecka (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/breckalewis/christmas-stars-afghan) from rav, and i'm thinking about joining in with all of you. though i too am in the throws of yarn choice angst...

which yarn? which color?


I am leaning to a cream with a green shade.

(btw how did you post the pics of the yarn colors?)

my rational is that these blankets are for the babes we are planning to have in a couple of years so i'm sticking to gender neutral/ my favorite colors. (blues greens chocolates)

im torn between doing this next version in the same yarn -kp shine worsted because i love it, vs caron simply soft because its nice, cheep and voluminous.

Jan in CA
04-10-2009, 01:34 AM
Welcome to Knitting Help, Brecka! I'm not sure I'm going to be able to join in for awhile, but your blanket looks awesome and I'm sure you'll be a big help! :yay:

To learn how to post photos you can click the link in my signature. It's pretty easy. :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
04-10-2009, 06:55 AM
Plymouth Encore makes a really dark burgundy. I made my DH a hat out of it.
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000055&searchcollection=000005

OH WOW, JAN!!!! Plymouth Encore has sooooo many perfect colors to put together!

I love Encore yarn. It is worsted, but it isn't real thick. It's still very malleable!

Endless possibilities!

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000663.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000655.jpg<either heathered,
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000675.jpg<or, saturated burgundy w/ cream



http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000609.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000594.jpg<Either off-white,
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000640.jpg<or lt lemon with navy



http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000605.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000594.jpg<either off-white, or
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000612.jpg<pale lavendar with evergreen



http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000591.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000639.jpg <Either this pink,
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000679.jpg <or this pink with chocolate


http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000672.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000678.jpg<off white, or,
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000686.jpg
<lt lemon w/ dark purple




http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000609.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000678.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000610.jpg
dark dark purple w/off white...or med purple w/ off-white


http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000646.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000624.jpg
blue/black tweed w/ lt blue

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000598.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000681.jpg
charcoal heather w/ ice pink

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000621.jpghttp://www.plymouthyarn.com/images/colorcards/000677.jpg
Dk blue with lt apricot

I love to tinker with colors!

dustinac
04-10-2009, 07:14 AM
:hug:Welcome to KH Brecka, I'm so glad you are joining us since you are the reason I wanted to do this KAL...your blanket is just stunning and you can answer any questions we have too :rofl:

Here (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000034&searchcollection=000005)is the link to the Encore DK color choices :thumbsup:

Carey~I have some Encore DK here and worsted...and I could work up two different samples if that could help, my gauge might be different than yours though...I'll use my stash so the color choices won't be what I'm doing though :rofl:...ohh mom has some shine in her stash maybe she could bring up two colors so I could work a swatch in that too :think:

mare-nitt
04-10-2009, 08:25 AM
Wow, I heard about this blanket kal on the sock kal thread, it is beautiful.
I have never done two color knitting let alone double knitting. But the blanket is amazing. And the color choices you are showing are great.
I will be watching this thread.

dustinac
04-10-2009, 08:29 AM
Mare~ You just made your first sweater and it turned out wonderful, I think you are ready to take this next step :teehee:

Carey~Mom said she would bring her shine up so I could get a swatch :thumbsup:

G J
04-10-2009, 08:32 AM
I don't remember exactly and of course I didn't put the number when I put it online.:doh: I am going to my LYS Knit Night tomorrow so if you can wait I will see if they still have it and tell you what it is. I think I have a few yards left I can take with me. Keep fingers crossed they do! Crossed Fingers

ETA: this is the hat I made with it, but the color may be off a little. You want it darker than this?
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/246849009_SvGbo-S.jpg
You're being SO helpful! Thanks! From the picture, yes, I would like it darker, but pictures on computers are such liars! :) It may actually be perfect, but cameras and computers distort colors. When you hold your yarn up to the computer, is the hat darker or lighter or a slightly different shade? The pic looks more brick colored to my eyes and my computer.

Jan in CA
04-10-2009, 10:24 AM
You're being SO helpful! Thanks! From the picture, yes, I would like it darker, but pictures on computers are such liars! :) It may actually be perfect, but cameras and computers distort colors. When you hold your yarn up to the computer, is the hat darker or lighter or a slightly different shade? The pic looks more brick colored to my eyes and my computer.

DH brought in the hat I made (from his car) and it IS darker than the picture shows. Although you may want it darker still. I'll see what they have the LYS tonite and let you know! :thumbsup:

Abbily
04-10-2009, 12:05 PM
Brecka, WELCOME! We are all in love with the blanket you made! I hope you figure out how to fix the hole. I remember seeing a sock darning tutorial on the web somewhere, maybe that would help you. I'll see if I can find it in a bit.

Dustina, don't make any swatches just for me, I just want to take notes on whatever swatches you girls make for your own blankets, to get an idea of what I want. :)

OK, must put groceries away now... :(

dustinac
04-10-2009, 01:14 PM
Carey, no problem it will help me decide which yarns I wanna use too...I might make one out of the caron I have too just to see :teehee:

Lieuvena
04-10-2009, 01:24 PM
I might make one out of the caron I have too just to see :teehee:

I was thinking the same thing!

Karina
04-10-2009, 05:35 PM
I saw this KAL today and it really grabbed my attention. Will Have to join, just cant resist.

I found some sock yarn in purple and off white and made a swatch. this is what I have so far. I cast on 35 stitches using both colours. knit 5 rows then continued to knit 3 stitches on each side of the pattern. the pattern itself is 29 stitches by 29 rows.

I used 3mm/which is between a 2 and 3 us needle. the swatch measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/4 inches. I used 6g of each colour. which is about 26.4 yards.

The sock yarn is Elle Sock Wool 4ply, it comes in 50g balls and has 200m/220yds.

The sample feels lovely, If I were to make a baby blanket this is the weight of yarn I would use.

Here is a couple of photo's. I am not sure if this info will be of use to anybody but here it is. now off to find some worsted weight wool and do the same swatch to see the difference.


52359

52360

Brecka - thank you for the link you provided on Ravelry for the patterns. that book is amazing.

Woodi
04-10-2009, 06:42 PM
dustinac, will you post pics of your aran afghan, or have you?

Lieuvena
04-10-2009, 08:53 PM
I cast on a sample square with Caron Simply Soft and size 8 needles. I'm only 8 rows in, but so far I'm really not happy with how it's turning out. It just really isn't looking good. I'm also having a pretty bad time with it being splitty, which hasn't really been a problem in the past. This is just left over yarn I had.

I'm going to go for a few more rows and see if it straightens out. If not then I'll def. be trying a different yarn for this.

Then again, maybe it's my knitting that's the problem!:teehee: The stitches look kinda sloppy. I may not be keeping good tension between the 2 colors.

I hope I can make it look good because I'd really like to knit this, but that is just too much of a project to just end up looking OK or in my case blah.

dustinac
04-10-2009, 09:23 PM
dustinac, will you post pics of your aran afghan, or have you?

I haven't yet except on my raverly page (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/dustinac/great-american-aran-afghan)...I only have 2 blocks finished, working on the 3rd but I will post them here when I get more finished :teehee:

Karina~That is so pretty! Great idea for the fingering weight :yay:

Lieuvena~I'm sorry it's not working out with the yarn a lot of times color work can look blah till you get some rows worked...you can do it :happydance:

I haven't even had a chance to think about casting on today...prolly won't till after company leaves on Sunday but you guys are making the itch to start worse :teehee:

Jan in CA
04-11-2009, 01:04 AM
Gina, I went to my LYS tonite and the color IS Encore worsted #999. It's darker than what my hat picture looks like, too. IMO it's a really pretty dark burgundy color. Why don't you PM me your address and I'll send you the little scrap I have so you can see it first hand. I don't need it anymore. This is a big project and you want to buy the right yarn. It's only going to be the cost of a stamp so don't worry about it either. :thumbsup:

Karina
04-11-2009, 03:51 AM
Lieuvena - Carry on for a bit longer. I found mine looked awful and them once a few rows past the area that looked rubbish it started to look better. When I started mine I did not think it would work, but now I am really happy with how it turned out. Also as I worked I would every few stitches give the yarn a little tug just to tighten up the tension.

breckalew
04-13-2009, 06:30 PM
ooh i just found this (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/LivM/mrs-barista-or-anns-shawl) browsing about ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Pinneguri/thistle
if you scroll down under the 26 nov entry is a link to a pdf file of the graph of the beautiful graphic.

ArtLady1981
04-13-2009, 06:59 PM
Thanks a lot for being on the watch for us!

That THISTLE pattern could definitely be isolated as one Thistle for another type of block in the ULTIMATE BLANKET!

dustinac
04-14-2009, 07:38 AM
:happydance:Thank you for the link!

I had family up for Easter and then yesterday was crazy was errands...I'm hoping things calm down by the end of this week to make a swatch :thumbsup:

breckalew
04-15-2009, 07:50 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3653/3428675864_fb84d91d32_m.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3584/3428676008_a5834d4fa6_m.jpg
KP Cotlin (a DK weight) in Sprout and Swan respectively

its the color combo im playing around with, and considering to do with the thistle isolate swapped in instead of the snowflake...

i would have to do a whole new swatch process for this yarn to determine my guestimation on yardage requirements (for the 1st blanket I had to go back and order just 1 last ball of each of the colors...)

or to stay with the same yarn to take that part of the new project drama out of the process

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3576/3427866229_e542354bd2_m.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3373/3427865795_358eb6bef9_m.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3664/3428675656_8406836213_m.jpg

KP Shine Worsted in Robot Laurel and Cream (unsure of cream v robot [but leaning towards robot])

ok so my heart is leaning towards the cotlin colors, and my head is leaning to the shine colors

what do you think?

brecka :)

Karina
04-16-2009, 03:30 AM
I like the green in the shine, but I think the contrast is better with the cotlin colours. that could be down to how the colours come up on my monitor. If I was you I would do a swatch in each colour combo and see how it looks and feel.


I really love the swatch that I did with the 4ply sock yarn but to get the size of blanket I want I need to cast on 800 stitches (60 inch wide blanket) and get at the very least 25 skeins of each colour. So that will be for a time when I have more money than sense.

Karina
04-16-2009, 05:15 AM
I have made another swatch using the tulip design again. this time I used worsted weight yarn 80% acrylic 20% wool. cheap stuff that comes in a 400g ball and contains 900 yards per ball.

cast on the same 35 stitches used a 5mm/8us needle and the size turned out to be 10 inches by 7inches. it is incredible thick but very nice. Still prefer the 4ply but since I am poor right now this will do nicely.

here is a couple of photo's one with the two samples next to each other so you can see the difference in size.

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You can see that the cast on edge is a bit tighter knit than the top cast off edge. when using the two colours together to cast on I found that the corners puckered in so I made a big effort to knit loosely on the side and the top and it did make a big difference in the look and feel. Prefer it. so if that is the way to cast on and knit the beginning I will start with a size 6mm needle and change down to a 5 when the double knitting starts.

is there another way to to start off the blanket using just one colour, but then I guess that the thickness is different. or would you be better off casting on and go straight into a double knit border. I think I might have to try it out, but would really like to know what the more experienced double knitters have done in the past.

dustinac
04-16-2009, 07:28 AM
breckalew~I like the cotlin colors but like Karina mentioned that could be just how they are on my screen could you do a swatch in both? :yay:

Karina~Is that yarn available in the US? Nice yardage it gives you...do you think the worsted would be to thick? I agree I would love to do one in fingering weight but that won't happen right now :teehee:

I haven't been able to swatch I'm under a tight deadline with some knitting I'm doing right now and hoping to finish that up soon :thumbsup:

Abbily
04-16-2009, 10:26 AM
Brecka, for all the work you're going to put into this blanket, I'd go with your heart! :)

Karina, wow, the size really is different! Thanks so much for sharing your swatches with us- they're beautiful!

Karina
04-16-2009, 11:20 AM
Dustina - I don't think the yarn is available in the US, I think I mentioned it before on the Sock kal. maybe when i made the Alita blanket and I think you checked it out then. the yarn is made by Sirdar. The blanket will be very thick but warm and snugly. I think it would be unsuitable for babies. In this country they recommend lots of thin layers and not thick layers for babies so it is easier to control how hot they get. You just add or take away a layer as needed. But for older children and adult that live in cold climate I think it will be a lovely TV blanket. If you live somewhere warm I would go for something thinner.

breckalew
04-16-2009, 01:53 PM
thats what i did, when i cast on i did the top and bottom border, and cast off using a size larger needle (size determined by swatching) and a smaller one for the double knitting portion of the blanket it all but solved those issues of drawing in and whatnot, i'll be honest. i have yet to knit a perfectly squared blanket... i believe its just the drape of fabric and the weight of all that love you put in there ;)

ArtLady1981
04-16-2009, 04:37 PM
Hi breckalew!

My input about the two different color combos that you posted: the first two colors (the cotlin colors) will define the motifs much more than the more muted SHINE colors.

As for the SHINE colors, the 3 are LAUREL (the green?), ROBOT (the grey?) and CREAM (the cream). IMHO, the green and the grey are the same color intensity.

That is to say, although the green is green...it is the same level as the grey on the intensity dial.

I think the cream 'define' the motifs much better.

Just my opinion.

Unless you are going for an overall monochromatic look, which is a totally valid color theory! Then the green and grey work perfectly.

paliphany
04-20-2009, 06:23 PM
Well since this KAL isn't until June...I'm gonna throw my hand in. I should be done with my current projects by then. I just hope that I will be able to finish for Christmas...I'm not exactly the quickest knitter...or the best when it comes to color patterns...but I'd love to finish one of those blankets they are all so beautiful!

ArtLady1981
04-20-2009, 08:43 PM
"....they are all so beautiful!"

You can say that again!!!! :heart:

G J
04-20-2009, 08:59 PM
Gina, I went to my LYS tonite and the color IS Encore worsted #999. It's darker than what my hat picture looks like, too. IMO it's a really pretty dark burgundy color. Why don't you PM me your address and I'll send you the little scrap I have so you can see it first hand. I don't need it anymore. This is a big project and you want to buy the right yarn. It's only going to be the cost of a stamp so don't worry about it either. :thumbsup:

Jan, I got it! I have it lying on the sofa so I keep evaluating if it's the right color. I THINK it is, but I'm going to give it a few days before I order. Thanks SO MUCH!!!!

Jan in CA
04-23-2009, 01:35 AM
Jan, I got it! I have it lying on the sofa so I keep evaluating if it's the right color. I THINK it is, but I'm going to give it a few days before I order. Thanks SO MUCH!!!!

OH good! The stupid USPS kept playing games with us so we sent it that way. :lol: If it doesn't work out this time at least you'll know what color it is for something else if you want. :thumbsup:

Lieuvena
04-24-2009, 11:43 PM
I got a sample square done using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn. I really like the colors- Antique White and Cranberry. I also like that the yarn is soft and cheap- $2.79 for 355 yards. But...it pilled pretty badly and the red seemed to "bleed" into the white. So I don't know if I would use this.

I'll try to post a pic tomorrow.

ArtLady1981
04-25-2009, 02:42 AM
I got a sample square done....and the red seemed to "bleed" into the white. So I don't know if I would use this.

You were smart to knit a sample square. You washed it already? Is that why you are saying you think the red is bleeding into the white??

If that is true, I wouldn't use this yarn.

Isn't there something we all used to do back in the ole days...with vinegar in the cold wash water for the first time we pre-washed dark denim jeans? Wasn't this supposed to set the dyes? :??

G J
04-25-2009, 09:28 AM
Do y'all think it would work to make it ONE panel wide and four or five panels long? I'm wanting it for a wall hanging and would do different flower motifs for each panel. About how wide/long would that be?

Lieuvena
04-25-2009, 11:18 AM
You were smart to knit a sample square. You washed it already? Is that why you are saying you think the red is bleeding into the white??

If that is true, I wouldn't use this yarn.

Isn't there something we all used to do back in the ole days...with vinegar in the cold wash water for the first time we pre-washed dark denim jeans? Wasn't this supposed to set the dyes? :??

No I haven't washed it. That's why I had bleed in " ". What it looks like is the red yarn is fuzzing up pretty bad and covering up the white. So it looks a bit like it bled. Does that make sense?:???:

I also notice that I got a rectangle more or less and not a square? Is that normal? I thought I would end up with a square.

Lieuvena
04-25-2009, 12:26 PM
Here's the pic of my sample "square". It's about 9" x 6", hardly a square! :rofl: Not sure what I did wrong, but I can hardly imagine a blanket made like that.

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That bind off edge looks pretty bad because I was trying different bind offs to see what one I preferred.

I'm also trying to think of a different border idea. I don't necessarily want to do the seed stitch border with both yarns. I though about jumping right into the double knit part, but that leaves a rather unattractive edge. I also tried picking up stitches and that didn't look good either. The other thing I thought about was doing seed stitch in a solid color. That would look great on one side, but not so much the other. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on this?

ArtLady1981
04-25-2009, 01:14 PM
I think your sample looks divine! Great color combination!

Me thinks it is a 'rectangle' due to 'row gauge' that's not stacking up as tall as it should.

The only thing I can think of to correct the squashed appearance is to add rows inside the squares. Or maybe above and below the motif.

Ladies who are working on Sylvi, whose row gauge was squashed, but they needed the prescribed length, added rows to the chart for the BACK in discreet areas that wouldn't look odd.

Does that make sense? Here is the back of Sylvi:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3663/3420240550_4a911314a8.jpg
Some gals added rows within the cable charts! So their SYLVI wouldn't be too short cuz their row gauge was squashed (too short).

Could you do that? :think:

About the border: others in this KAL will know more about border choices.

dustinac
04-26-2009, 04:07 PM
Lieuvena~ :inlove:That is really pretty and that yarn would fit my budget, I hate to hear that it bleed...I wonder although this is a lot of work...if you put it in a hank and then soaked it in vinegar if that would help? :think:

Gina~I'm not really sure how long/wide that would make it...prolly be best to do a gauge and then you could prolly see :happydance:

Lieuvena
04-26-2009, 10:28 PM
I really should clarify that the yarn I used didn't actually bleed. I have not washed it yet. I should have used a different word to explain it. I put the word bleed in quotation marks because that's not what happened.

What seems to have happened is that the yarn got pretty fuzzy while knitting with it (pilling?). It looks like the fibers from the red yarn sort of wove in with the fibers from the white yarn. So it *looks* sort of like the yarn bled. I just used that word to give a visual idea of what it looked like.

I do like the yarn and may still use it, I'm just not sure. I'll wait and see what happens when I do get around to washing it.

dustinac
04-27-2009, 07:33 AM
Thanks Lieuvena, if you do wash the sample let us know how it works:happydance:

breckalew
04-28-2009, 02:16 AM
its normal, the height and width of your knitted stitch is rarely equal, that is why they make 'special' knitters graph paper... i agree with artlady - your sample looks great! just take a step back from it for awhile so that you can see how pretty it is for all its stitches. you can add extra depth to your rows between motif blocks or you could just let it play out and not stress yourself. just add another set of blocks to the length of the blanket (i thought that mine would be a 3x3 square and it in the light of reality became a 3x4 rectangle and i like it all the better for it).


i hope this helps.. its a tad late/early



brecka

Lieuvena
04-28-2009, 11:04 PM
I finally got around to washing the sample and I will not be using the Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" for this blanket. It turned out looking pretty horrible. Which really is a shame because the color and price were definitely right. Here are a few pics to show the problem.

The yarn just fuzzed up so bad, it looks awful. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of this yarn I have left!
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dustinac
04-29-2009, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the pictures...that stinks that it fuzzed up like that...would they take it back? :hug:

Lieuvena
04-29-2009, 06:00 PM
They may take it back, but I don't live in the city. They are 1.5-2 hours away. It would cost me more in gas than the yarn is worth.

I'll find something to do with it. Just not anything this large or pretty! Maybe some hats for the kids or something. The way they can tear their stuff up maybe it won't bother me so bad!

I also really want to point out that those pictures make it look better than it really is! I had a hard time getting pics of it. It looks worse in person!

On the bright side, it got really soft after washed!

dustinac
05-20-2009, 12:03 PM
:yay:it's almost June! I pulled out my yarn yesterday to try a sample with and then I'll decide what to order. I prolly won't be able to start right at June but will be checking in...the next couple of weeks are going to be very busy here as it looks like we will be moving :happydance:

dustinac
06-03-2009, 10:36 AM
Who all has their yarns chosen? Anyone started yet?

I haven't gotten anywhere on it...I'm trying to finish up some commitments I had knitting wise before we move...and most of my yarn is now packed away somewhere in the dinning room, beside what is otn. I did look through my books again (while packing them) and still can't decide what I want for the other 2 charts, so much to pick from. :happydance:

evona
06-03-2009, 04:48 PM
Artlady I really love the dark brown and ice pink combo. Not too keen on the navy and apricot combo.

Jan in CA
07-17-2009, 02:32 PM
If you're on Ravelry look at this adorable double knit teddy blanket!
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/threegrands/teddy-bear-double-knit-blanket

ArtLady1981
07-19-2009, 02:53 PM
If you're on Ravelry look at this adorable double knit teddy blanket!
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/threegrands/teddy-bear-double-knit-blanket
Oy! That teddy bear blanket is awesome! Isn't it a classy combo of colors! Very antique looking! Wow. I wish she had more photos of it!

Thanks the sharing the link, Jan!

dustinac
07-20-2009, 08:09 AM
Wow that is a really pretty one!

I still wanna make this just haven't found the time yet :wall:

jess_hawk
08-04-2009, 03:45 PM
Oh wow, just got around to checking out this thread and I have to say, an afghan like this is now on my to-do list. Probably not the same pattern as shown, but maybe.

I'm a fan of ice blue and white as color choices, btw, for snowflake patterns, or else pine and white or pine and cream.

strawberry
02-09-2011, 09:32 AM
Jan, want to Thank you for the posting for sites to find mitten patterns. Have a little problem replying on that message.
It was a big help.
Strawberry

HamsterLover
06-05-2011, 11:45 PM
Um hi! I am a new knitter and I am wondering if I should join in and knit a blanket or should I knit a scarf??????







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skookknitter
04-07-2013, 10:42 PM
i'm knitting my first blanket. I'm doing it in pieces then crocheting them together. It's a simple k1,p1 pattern. Looking forward to hearing from anyone else who would like to join me for a knit a long!!!