Bernat Blanket Yarn – “Little Boy Dove” (I think it was about 3 10.5 oz skeins)
Size 7 needles
Based on “Tiles I”: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/knit-purl-stitches/117-tiles-i
CO 86 stitches
Row 1: slip, k, *p5, k2* x12
Row 2: slip, p, *k5, p2* x12
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: slip, k, *k5, p2* x12
Row 6: slip, p, *p5, k2* x12
Repeat rows 1-6 until reach desired length
It ended up wider than I intended, and I might go narrower if I use this pattern again, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I love working with this yarn. It’s a chenille type yarn, so it’s really easy to work with, and it’s so bulky it knits up fast. It is so soft and snuggly that the finished piece is very satisfying. Plus, it’s a sturdy yarn: 100% polyester and machine washable, so you don’t have to be careful about using the finished product.
I had the blanket sitting on the back of my couch for a couple of weeks before I wrapped it up, and I kept pulling it down to snuggle under. At some point, I’m going to make myself a Blanket Yarn blanket.
After all of the knitting was done, there was one more challenge I had to address. Months before I started the blanket, I found a gag gift box that I really wanted to use. Unfortunately, the blanket ended up being about twice as big as the box. But I was absolutely determined to use this box.
I had a travel Space Bag that I put the blanket in, the kind that you are supposed to roll up to squeeze the air out. I compressed it, and squeezed it, and sat on it until I couldn’t get it any smaller. And it still didn’t fit in the box. I could have jammed it in, but it would have bulged and maybe even torn the box. I used some painters tape to try to get it into a more box-like shape. Then I wrapped the tape all the way around, to make sure it wouldn’t come undone. Then I wrapped it in more tape… I realized that I could compress it a bit more using the tape, so I taped the heck out of that thing.
In the end, it was worth it. I got the blanket to fit into the box! And they even believed that I actually got a ‘Crib Dribbler’. (Then again, that may be more a testament to my character than to the convincing-ness of the box. 🙂 )