I couldn't wait to share this blankie with you. It's not fussy, difficult, creative, or special (yet) but I think it's because it's not any of those things, that I want to share it. It's nice to get back to basics once in awhile.
I started with the mitered square blanket from Eileen Montgomery. I have made this before (scroll down to the end), but I can't find the original post. With the original pattern, you short row by putting one needle out of work and knit two rows. I found that this doesn't quite make a square (though at a loose gauge, it could probably be blocked fairly close). While knitting the Bill King Boleros, I thought about how the 3 needles in work, 1 out of work pattern gave a stitch and row gauge that were very close to being equal. I wanted to try knitting the blanket using that idea.
The original pattern suggests a giant pie crust trim. I wanted to re-visit a Mary Anne Oger trim that I had done before (Knitwords 41, Summer 2007 and also "Knitting on the Edge"). I was heading to the MK group I go to once a month, so I packed it all up to take. I wish I had had the chance to try the edging before I left as it took me a bit of time to figure it out again. It's not nearly as fast as the worm or pie crust trims, but it is quite cute and perhaps a bit more boy-ish than the loopy trims. It took me a week to finish the trim, but that's only because life got in the way. A good solid day at the machine would have had it done.
Into the sale bin it goes ($30)! I still have more than enough of this yarn to do another blanket, but I think I'll do some clothes for a change.
Yarn In: 14 828gr
Yarn Out: 234gr +13 267= 13 501gr
Balance: 1327gr more In than Out
Costs: $317.59/284 days = $1.12/day