Thursday, April 30, 2009

Boo Berries Wave Blanket

Name: Boo Berries Wave Blanket
Pattern: Boo Berries Wave Blanket by Minh Hoang (me!)
Craft: Knitting
Made for William
Started date: September 2008
Completed date: September 2008
Needle: US6/4.0mm
Yarn: Bernat Baby Jacquards
Colour: 06128 Boo Berries
How much? 5 skeins (500g, 1730 yards/1582m)
See the project on Ravelry!

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING A PATTERN! This was the first knitted item that I made with Bernat Baby Jacquards yarn. I have already declared my love for this yarn in a previous post, so I won't get into that again. I fell in love with this yarn as soon as I saw it online, and rushed to the stores to buy it the minute it hit the shelves. I did not like any of the patterns that Bernat had for this yarn, so I decided to create my own! I finally got around to writing it down for you (7 months later!). If anyone ever knits this, please let me know because I would love to see your project!

This garter stitch blanket was made using Bernat Baby Jacquards (but you can use other self-striping yarn as well). It is knitted in panels and sewn together in the end for a wave-like/zig zag pattern.

33 inches by 40 inches

Bernat Baby Jacquards 06128 Boo Berries (5 balls)
Size 4mm (US6) knitting needles
Needle to sew the panels together

It doesn't really matter because you can knit until your heart is content with this blanket! You can easily pick the width and length of this blanket as you are knitting.

Inc1= increase 1 stitch by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch

K= knit
K3tog= knit 3 together
Sts= stitches

Cast on 41 sts.
Row 1: K1, inc1, k17, k3tog, k17, inc1, k1
Row 2: K across
Repeat these two rows until you have the desired length (for my blanket, I stopped on row 300)
Cast off.

For the other panels:
Bernat Baby Jacquard yarn has a few striping patterns that is repeated over and over again. In order to have a wave-like pattern throughout the whole blanket, please ensure that you are starting your new panels with the same colour pattern as your first panel. In other words, the starting colour of each panel should be the same, and make sure that the striping pattern of your yarn follows the same sequence as the other panel(s) you have knitted. You may have to cut and throw out a few meters of yarn to ensure this. You can save these discarded yarn to sew the panels later.

Cast on 41 sts.
Row 1: K1, inc1, K17, K3tog, K17, inc1, K1
Row 2: K across
Repeat these two rows until you have the desired length. This may be row 300 (or the length that you made for the first panel) plus or minus a few rows; you just have to make sure it ends in the same colour pattern as your first panel.
Cast off.

Use a sewing needle, sew the panels together using whipstitch. When sewing the panels, you don't have to line up your garter stitch, just line up the colour pattern so that it creates a continuous wave-like pattern across the blanket. Sew loosely so that the blanket is nice and soft and does not have a hard ridge where the panels are joined together. Block if necessary (I did not have to block my blanket, it was in pretty good shape without any blocking).

The next and final step is to wrap a really cute baby in the newly knitted blanket and cuddle the baby!