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WIP Wednesday: Outside-In Baby Blanket

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Remember how I said I was obsessed with baby knits these days?

I knew I wanted to design some kind of baby blanket for my kiddo, so I delved into my inspiration folder and came up with these two blanket-like ideas.

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.55.16 AM Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 11.58.17 AM

After a bunch of swatching, I found a stitch pattern I liked that was reminiscent of the swirls from the first pattern. I figured a “start at the middle and increase on four lines to the edges” construction would work well for the pattern, but there was just one problem.

I hate projects that start with very few stitches and increase out to a zillion at the edges.

I would so much rather slog through the loooong part at the beginning and then be rewarded with ever-increasing speed and progress as I go on. That way the initial burst of enthusiasm sustains me through the beginning, and the visible progress sustains me through the rest of the project. So I decided to design this blanket to be worked outside-in instead of the more traditional inside-out.

I swatched a corner, took a picture, put it in Photoshop, and played around a little:

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 10.08.57 AMThat’s the general idea, anyway.

I’ve been working on the blanket steadily for about a week now, and here’s what I have to show for it:

Outside In WIPNot very impressive, is it? But when you consider that the CO had 664 sts…

Outside IN WIP fullI could possibly use a longer circular needle.

4 Comments

  1. Leah (Good Enough)
    Leah (Good Enough)04-09-2014

    Wow. That is a lot of stitches. I like your inspiration patterns and look forward to seeing how it works up in yarn form!

  2. Beth
    Beth04-09-2014

    Wow! It’s going to be beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lucy Bowen
    Lucy Bowen04-09-2014

    I think that is very impressive, what with the design and the number of stitches!! Looks like it is going to be fabulous.

  4. Julia
    Julia05-29-2014

    This is awesome. It might cost you your sanity, but it will look lovely when it’s done.

    I love the edging with the twisted stitches! Really, really beautiful. :D

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