Thursday, 24 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
Towards the end of last year we found out that my Sister-in-Law was pregnant, pretty big deal, lots of happiness and, of course a request for a baby blanket. I had been after a new project after finishing a throw blanket for my Mama ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=333693.msg4262902#msg4262902 ) and liked the look of the Star-ghans I had seen lurking about the interwebs and this seemed the perfect opportunity to try one out.
Now most people appeared to have been making “Beth's Little Star Afghan” ( http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/littlestarafghan.html ) which is a very nice, easy pattern, highly suitable for beginners, no complex or modified stitches, straightforward. However I didn’t like the look of it for a baby blanket, those gaps/holes in the middle and at each corner are far too easy for little toes and fingers to get caught in. Some browsing around eventually led me to Crochet Pattern Central ( http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/ ) and the baby items section offered up the Chromium Star Afghan ( http://thekidneybean.wordpress.com/crochet-patterns/chromium-star-blanket/ ) a slightly more advanced pattern which offers a star-shaped blanket without the gaps.
Beth’s Little Star as a pattern for a baby blanket I’d give an 8/10, it’s easier but maybe not so suitable for a little one.
Friday, 4 March 2011
After about 4 days I had this. It's about 82 inches long and only 4 inches wide (when unrolled).
So what do you need? Well this!
Three 50g balls of Wendy Pure 100% Bamboo (or whatever you fancy using)
5 . 5mm knitting needles
Step 1. Start by casting on 20 stitches.
Step 2. Knit your first row.
Step 3. Knit the first two stitches, then purl until the last two stitches, knit last two stitches.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the desired length! Simple!
Two and a bit balls of the Wendy's wool makes the scarf up to be 82 inches, which on my 5' 7" frame is to my belt. It also means I can wind the scarf once or twice depending on my mood. But really you could make this shorter, wider, different colours, whatever you feel like really!
I had this lilac colour wool which is Sirdar Just Bamboo already, and I've decided to do a similar thing here. With this I'm also doing a thin scarf, but becuase it is a block colour (not colour changing like the Wendy) I'm doing a 3x3 rib to gice it a bit of texture.
For this, simply cast on 21 stitches then work in a knit 3, purl 3 pattern for your first row, and purl 3, knit 3 for your second row, repeating until the desired length is required.
Just remember - whatever yarn you use, whether it's colour changing or a block colour, check that the dye lot numbers are the same!
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