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knitcindy 02-16-2013 07:17 PM

Since no one answered my question on Ravelry, I'll ask here!!!
I attempted to knit this baby blanket and got a good start on it:


My problem was that it didn't look "puffy" after doing a few pattern repeats. I was using size 11 needles and 2 strands of baby sport yarn together. (Icon #3)

Should I use size 10 needles instead? Anybody else here make this blanket and have some ideas/advice??

Thanks so much!

GrumpyGramma 02-16-2013 07:43 PM

I've not made this blanket but size 11 needles seem rather big to me. I would try a smaller needle and swatch to see if I like it better. The pattern doesn't give a gauge that I can find and that's not really helpful.

Woodi 02-16-2013 07:45 PM

Can't help you, but hope it works out for you.....seems like a nice blanket.

Marina1109 02-16-2013 09:46 PM

I just looked at the blog...
Here are a couple things to consider or keep in mind:
  • "Using (US) 8 (5.0mm) needles, cast on 132 stitches. Knit 6 rows, slipping the first stitch as if to knit.
    Change needles to size (US) 10 (6.0mm) and begin pattern, remembering to slip the first stitch as if to knit on each row."
  • "I would not block this blanket for the charm of it is in the puffiness the pattern creates. When using acrylic yarn, if you spritz it with a mist of water, pop it into the dryer for 10 minutes, it will even out most of your stitches that may have been pulled either too tight or left too loose. Acrylic is forgiving like that."

DavidSydney63 02-17-2013 07:04 AM

You're right about revelry - a very silent and unhelpful bunch has been my experience too ... this is THE best place for good advice and the odd belly laugh.

salmonmac 02-17-2013 08:25 AM

You're using a #3 weight yarn, a light worsted weight, doubled (the equivalent of about 16sts/4") and the pattern calls for a #4 weight or aran (about 18sts/4"). Do you like the knit fabric that you're getting or is it too stiff or tight? I don't think I'd make it any tighter on smaller needles.That may be what's taking some of the puffiness out of the pattern. Have you tried a swatch on larger needles?

suzeeq 02-17-2013 10:33 AM

The pattern really isn't 'puffy', it's more like a basketweave stitch. I made it with size 13s and 2 strands of worsted as a throw and the pattern comes out nicely. Your yarn is a sport weight not a light worsted, so using the 11s should be fine. It may also take about 4 or 5" to see the pattern, and when it's on the needles that may flatten it out until you get some length to it.

knitcindy 02-17-2013 04:21 PM

Thanks everyone! Since I couldn't see the puffiness, I ripped it all out and started a different blanket with the yarn. Now I'm not sure if I should rip that out and start over or what to do.

Decisions, decisions...............


fatoldladyinpjs 02-19-2013 09:11 PM

I did a blanket for my granddaughter. It was a thermal stitch. Try it on some scrap yarn and see what you think. This looks like the pocket weave in long underwear. This is done in multiples of 4. The first row is knit all across. The second row purl across. Rows 3 and 4, k2,p2 across. Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

I noticed that the author of the pattern mentions a certain type of Red Heart yarn she used for the blanket that has been discontinued. She used Caron Simply Soft. This says that it's a worsted weight, but my experience has been that it's more of a sport weight. The diameter, to me, seems a lot smaller than worsted. My blanket was done with Bernat Baby Sport which I believe is a #3. They recommend a 3-6 range needle, but I have pushed it to a 7 or 8 with no problem. The thermal stitch blanket turned out heavy, weight wise. But this became my granddaughter's favorite.

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