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FO: Blanket

Posted in Knitting with tags , on November 15, 2011 by annatestadoro

Another FO from my collection from the last couple of years. If I remember correctly I finished this in 2009 (my, my that’s a while ago isn’t it?). I’m just a tad embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to put it up, but it also means that I have a nice collection of pieces to fall back on when I need to!

This is a blanket I made for a friend, in fact we’re actually staying with her and her husband in Sydney at the moment. She asked me to make two blankets for her, one for her and one for her brother. They’re not for any particular babies, but rather because she liked them so much when she saw me make them for someone else.

I actually remember the day my friend and I were picking the colours for this blanket. She was quites sure about her choices, but then changed her mind quite a few times, which I thought was rather funny. I do like the choices she’s come up with.

I knitted this with a combination of moss stitch and stockinette stitch and I think it worked out really well! And this was the time I also sewed in my labels, and I do actually think that’s something I need to go back to, but maybe I need to make the label shorter…what do you think?

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Long Awaited Baby Blanket

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on January 25, 2011 by annatestadoro

This is another one of my baby blankets that I made for a friend probably over a year ago, shame on me that I’m only adding it on here now! My friend asked me to make two of these blankets, one for herself and one for her brother. It was quite funny because neither one had kids yet or was pregnant, but she loved them so much when she saw some that I was making for other friends that she asked me to make her two as well.

I remember when she was picking the colours, I think she took pretty much one entire evening to pick the right ones. I do think they work extremely well and would be fine for a boy or girl!  I also decided to change the stitches up a little bit, so used moss stitch on the border and then a combination of purl and knit for the actual body of the blanket.

If you look closely you can see that the white is changed a tad at the end, that’s because I actually ran out of the normal white that I was using. I don’t think it’s that obvious though, and I’m probably the only one that notices it.

These blankets always take quite a while, but they’re definitely a hit with people. I always hope that they may become a baby’s security blanket or something like that and that they become a real keepsake.

A Special Blanket

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on January 19, 2011 by annatestadoro

Here’s a cotton blanket I finished for a friend of mine in Singapore, hence the cotton. Her husband is my man’s good friend from University, they were a little group and called themselves ‘The Hornets’. Funnily enough we’re now the first ones to have a baby and now my friend in Singapore with her husband are also expecting a little one, a little girl.

I followed the colour choices that our friends are decorating the nursery with and I actually think it worked out really well. I also added something new to the blanket with the crochet border, which I think makes it extra special.

I also decided to use different stitches for each colour, with some purl, some knit and some moss stitch. The reason I used cotton is because it’s rather warm and humid in Singapore and I wanted to make sure that our friends are still able to use the blanket. Especially as blankets are such a keepsake item, you often hear about babies loving their blankets so much that they take them everywhere, I do hope that this might be that blanket for our friends little one!

Cotton Blanket for Baby Prasad

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on January 3, 2011 by annatestadoro

I made this blanket for our impending arrival, and decided to use cotton yarn so that it’s an ideal blanket for spring/summer.

The colour combination works really well and I like the fact that it’s really colourful, it’s good for either a boy or a girl! It’s an incredibly easy knit, just 200 stitches and then I used up a ball of yarn of each colour and that’s pretty much it.

Soft Quilt for Baby Prasad

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , on November 3, 2010 by annatestadoro

Even though I’ve been making lots of knitted baby blankets in recent years, I also used to make smallish baby quilts. Although, I often don’t do any actual quilting, apart from some minor sections. I prefer to patchwork the top and then chose a nicely coloured piece of fabric for the bottom, then in the middle I use some wadding to make it nice and soft.

And even though I know that we’re having a little girl, I still decided to use a good selection of yellows, a nice red and green, with a nice pinkish bottom piece of fabric. It’s worked out well, and is nice and soft.

This quilt brings my collection of blankets to three, a woollen one, a cotton one and this one. I think I should probably stop making blankets now, but they’re nice and easy to knit/make and I love the idea of being able to chose very different colours.

Green and Blue for a Boy

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on August 13, 2010 by annatestadoro

My blankets are still going down a storm, which is great as they’re such an easy knit. It’s just a shame that they take that little bit longer than small cardigans, jumpers or socks, especially socks.

I love being able to choose boy or girl colours, if I know what is expected. Especially, when they’re such strong colours as these ones.

I think I did go a little wrong in the length of one of the squares, but I managed to work it out when I was sewing them together, or at least I think I did.

There are a number of different stitches and combinations I’ve used in the past for these blankets, but I went with an easy one with a nice border and stockinette stitch throughout. The simplicity of it works well.

And of course, I finished it off with my favourite label.

70s Style, Retro Baby Blanket

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on July 29, 2009 by annatestadoro

My summer knitting so far as consisted of two baby blankets. I forget how long these take me, but the last one I managed to knit in about three weeks, rather than the normal four to five weeks. I’ve got another three on order, but am currently focusing on knitting my mother a tunic/dress and myself a cardigan. However, here are some pictures of the first blanket (I’ll add the other one later):
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I really enjoyed knitting this blanket, as the stripes were nice and thin, although it did feel like me skeins of wool would never end. I also had to figure out a way to hide the thread on the outside, so I twisted it in the same direction every time I had to change, it makes it look like quite a nice finish.
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This blanket was made for a colleague at work who is having a baby in September and she chose the colours. I actually think they work really well! So, remember to find me on Etsy and Folksy.