29 July 2009

My first blanket

I made this blanket for a very good friend of mine who is pregnant with her first child. She isn't far along enough to know the sex, so I tried to pick a yarn that would work for any baby. (and naturally I rebelled against the plain yellow or green neutral baby colors, cause that's just what I do.) It turned out quite a bit larger than I anticipated. I wasn't really following a pattern, so I cast on way too many stitches. Then by the time I realized it, I had gone too far and didn't want to start over again.

By the end of the blanket, I was having a little trouble and scared of losing my work, so I knitted the edges tighter so they wouldn't fall off the back end of my needles (this happened once so I was paranoid.) This resulted in the edge of the blanket being tighter than the inside, so it doesn't really lie really flat unless you smooth it out each time. And apparently I cast off tighter than I cast on, so the whole thing is more of a trapezoid than a rectangle.

All in all, it's definitely not perfect, but it's the first blanket i've ever knitted so yay! I gave it to my friend last weekend and she loved, flaws and all, because it was made with love. awww. I currently have a second blanket in the works, using size 50 needles - yikes. more on that later. :)


Joanna said...

That's really great!! I like the yarn you used.

Tina said...

Congratulations on finishing such a big project!!
It looks lovely, and I am with you on colors. I think your choice is great, something different than that green or yellow!!

Marie said...

I love the colors in the yarn! Much prettier than just yellow or green. Casting off too tightly is common. You might notice in future patterns that you use, it will say to cast off loosely. I have ripped out my cast off row many times because it was too tight. Good luck with the size 50 needles! They're huge! I've never used them before, but I've used one size smaller than that (can't remember the number... 35 I think) before and I just had to go much slower. But, it's nice to use really big needles in the way that the stitches are bigger and you don't have to knit as many stitches.

Meagan said...

lol.... thats the same thing that happened to my first blanket. The mom to be though hated it. I haven't done it since.