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May 29, 2013

WIP | Breidan Reversible Afghan (Baby)

When will I learn? In knitting world as in real life, predictions have a way of skewing events and outcomes in unpredictable ways.

Last week, for example, I predicted my current afghan, a simple baby blanket, might well be done by the end of this week. (I thought I'd have lots of knitting time over the holiday weekend.) While it's still possible it will be done by Friday, it doesn't look probable.

Progress has been made, though. When last we saw it, the blanket looked like this.

Right now, it looks like this.

The top photo shows the "wrong" side, which is a 2x2 rib. The bottom photo includes the fourth strip and shows the "right" side, which consists of small, baby-sized cables. (Yes, this is the same stitch I used in the April Showers spa cloths.)

The last and final strip is on the needles, with only 45 rows to knit before bind off.

Yarn: Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep)
Weight: Worsted
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Sizes: SML (baby-lapghan-throw)
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I love strip construction. (I used it for the Swafghan, too.) It makes blanket projects highly portable, because as you can see, the strips are so narrow, they easily fit on DPNs. Tuck the strip, the yarn and a couple needles in a small project bag and you're good to go.

Once the final strip is off the needles, it will be time to start assembly. I plan to use a three-needle bind off to join the strips, so hopefully it will go quickly (and smoothly). Right now, the strips are stretchy and rather dense, but once they're blocked they should spread out and soften up to add drape.

At least, that's the plan. But we know what happens with plans and predictions,
don't we?

Will it be done by Friday? Maybe. Maybe not.


UPDATE
The pattern is now available. To read the description and buy the pattern, click here. (Remember, you can purchase patterns through Ravelry even if you're not a member.)

10 comments:

  1. It's interesting to watch this evolve and I'm looking forward to the final, when it all comes together. Love the colors, too.

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    1. Thanks, Noni, glad you like it. I wrestled with the color choices, but in the end went with slightly muted shades. So far, it seems to be working. We'll see ...

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  2. that is going to be one amazing blanket. love all those happy colors and that pattern, very very nice

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    1. Thank you, momto5! It's a pretty simple strategy, but so far, it seems to be working.

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  3. Excellent choice to use the 3-needle bind-off to put this blanket together. It's going to be fabulous!

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    1. I hope so! Perhaps it's just me, but I always get the jitters during the last stages of a project.

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  4. I love these colors and the blanket looks so cute already. Can't wait to see it all finished :)

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    1. Aren't you sweet? I'm really enjoying the knitting, but I'm also eager to see how it all comes together.

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  6. I accidentally hit the wrong button and deleted Tanya's kind comment. She said:

    "The colours are gorgeous, such clever construction too!"

    Thank you, Tanya. (I'm sorry. It's late, I'm tired and completely inept!)

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Thanks for sharing your comments and insights, I enjoy each and every one. If you have questions, share those too, and I'll do my best to respond.
-b

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