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lmich
07-12-2010, 08:24 PM
Looking f or help in knitting a Dr. Seuss ABC baby blanket or yarn selection and pattern

hyperactive
07-13-2010, 09:18 AM
Hi!

I know Dr. Seuss, but not, if there is a specific blanket.

An ABC-blanket I can think of, though:

knit squares that you sew together in the end. (less wool / yarn to hold while knitting, too.) Knit them in different colors from one another.

There are 26 letters in the alphabet. If you want to do them all, that is a lot.
If you just want to do ABC you can make pattern / color blocks for the rest of your blanket or repeat them a few times.

To make a letter square: decide on the amount of stitches and rows (you need a swatch from yarn and needles used). Then take a piece of paper. Sketch your letter (alternative: search for a good font and print the letter).

Now take a checkered piece of paper and put it above, fill out the letter-squares on the paper with pencil/felt pen.
squares that are only partially covered by the letter are tricky. It takes some practice to find out which I fill out and which remain blank (that's why pencil is great).

Remember that you need side stitches (in the background color) and remember that a knit stitch rarely is square. Things will mostly be squashed a little. Maybe pay respect to that when sketching the letter.

Now you can start knitting with this color chart:

background color for all empty squares, letter color for all filled ones.

For that paw print pullover in my album I used a standart form from photoshop (paw print of course). Made it the desired size, put a line grid in Photoshop over it and filled the paw in a pale color. Then I printed that out and did the filling by hand (easier).

http://jalbum.net/browse/user/album/643423/;jsessionid=1lh8ejlrof64

but that is my way of doing that.

In the PS-grid you can acutally pay very close respect to the shape of the stitches (long, tall or square)...


after knitting the squares together, knit or crochet a border around the whole thing to make it one single piece and more durable on the edges.


I will soon make a baby blanket out of this pattern:
http://garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=124&d_id=3&lang=en

I will use 9 squares only, to adjust the size. Since there are 4 pattern blocks and 2 ways to sew them in, I will make 8 pattern squares and one square with the babies initials (which I will not rely on until the day it is born (parents change names at rather odd cycles before birth). But the blanket can be mostly done before and will just get the finishing touches.

lmich
07-21-2010, 08:18 PM
Thanks so much for replying. It sounds complicated but interesting.
I'm really a novice and need specific directions.:aww:

hyperactive
07-22-2010, 04:11 AM
if you are really new to knitting a blanket in squares sounds like a good idea to me. It would suck to have completed a big thing in one piece and then find out that you made noticable mistakes.

if you tell me, what guage you have with your wool and how big each square should be, I could make you a sample of a letter or two. (I would not have the time for the whole alphabet, but maybe I would find something for you.)

If you write me a PM, then I will not overlook this thread :D


Edit: I googled for free charts. Here is some of the outcome of that:

http://vickidesigns.homestead.com/Alphabet.html

http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/photos/alphabet/

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/alphabet-chart.htm

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/christmas/1945-stocking.htm

http://www.knit1mag.com/charts/k1SUM06_alphabet_squat_grid.pdf

and many more to find.


you can knit them in in intarsia method (with colors) or as structure (with stochinette and reversed stochinette (then you make them legible from both sides (just mirrored) as smooth and bumpy structure.