Friday, June 6, 2008

Baby Blanket Under Construction

As much as I enjoy knitting with natural fibers I find I some times need to use arcrylic blends when the finished article is going to someone else. I can never be sure if the recipient is bothered by wool or not and in the case of a baby I find it best to use acrylic when in doubt. (Grandbaby Sarah likes wool just fine, thank goodness!)

I am using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Stonington Shawl pattern from the second issue of Knitter's Magazine. You start with three stitches in one corner and increase at the beginning of each row until you reach the desired width diagonally, then decrease down to the opposite point. Don't break the yarn! Just pick up stitches along one side and continue to knit, increasing at the beginning of each row until that section of the border is the depth you like. Then pick up stitches along the side of the border and continue along the second side picking up the same number of stitches as the first side. Knit up one stitch for each ridge on the edge of the border and increase on the other side at the beginning of the row. Continue around having NO seams, and cast on stitches for the lace edge to be knitted onto the border. You do not cast off the borders, just put the stitches onto a scrap piece of yarn and then put them back on the needle when you are ready to knit the lace edge. It sounds more complicated than it really is, but once you have knitted it you will like it.

You may have noticed the same pattern as in the beige shawl: Cat's Paw. It is easy to knit and makes a nice fabric.
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