Now for a knitting project 🙂 I have been doing a lot of crochet lately and I miss having two needles on the go. I grew up doing a lot of knitting and only recently started my crochet journey. I bought this lovely super chunky yarn at a recent craft show. This is 100% merino wool and beautifully soft. I have three packs of 10 x 50g hanks which all need to be hand wound before I can start. Time to enlist some help from the family!
I have decided to knit a blanket with this lovely yarn. It needs to retain the softness of the yarn so the stitches must not be too tight. The back needs to look respectable so that limits my options a bit. Another challenge I have is that I have no idea how far the yarn will go. I found a helpful calculator on Pinterest which I have put on my ‘Design’ board and based on that knitted up a square that I thought would use one ball.
For the blanket I decided to use circular needles and knit it in one go rather than have several squares to join. The back of the blanket will be smoother and look better without joins. To keep the stitch loose I decided to go up one size from the recommended needle size. This puts me on massive 10mm needles 🙂
I picked the blue for the edges to frame the work with a darker edge. I have estimated the use of the colours to try to use up all the yarn. I can get hold of more of this but it comes in 10 hank packages which would make it quite expensive if I only need a little more!
The stitches I picked for the squares were ones that had a reverse side that looked good. The only squares that don’t look as good on the reverse are the cable squares and I love cables sooooo much that I had to include some anyway 🙂
Here is how the project looks at the moment. I will post again when I have finished and I will be writing up the pattern so I can list both the pattern and the blanket on my Etsy store.
I am not the fastest knitter by a long way but this knits up so quickly. That is the beauty of knitting in a heavy gauge yarn!
That’s all for now. I am going to review my stash to find inspiration for my next project 🙂