I am a fairly crafty person and in recent months I have been teaching myself how to knit. I have made some hats but I have finally pulled something else off of my needles! My first knitted baby blanket! I have to say I am pretty darn proud of this item!
My mom tried to teach me for years how to crochet, however I just never really had any interest in it though I have always been very crafty. Finally about 5 years or so ago I was able to pick it up and figured it out. I was able to make all kinds of craft things.
She also knew how to knit. She had very long straight needles. Now since I was new to knitting I didn’t know their were any other kinds of needles. I wanted to learn but all I could think was how in the world am I supposed to work with these needles that are longer then my arm. It was always so awkward and uncomfortable. I’d do a few rows ad quit because of how awkward it was.
Last year I had the pleasure of working with an amazing company called Tink Yarn. The wonderful ladies of Tink Yarn send me some very beautiful yarn as well as some Interchangeable Circular Needles. I fell in love with the needles they had gifted me! To read more about Tink Yarn just check out my post here!
Now that I have discovered all the different kinds of needles and all the possibilities I was in heaven. I had ordered some DPN’s (Double Pointed Needles) from someone on a Facebook group and for Christmas I picked out all kinds of Interchangeable Circular Needles.
A Co-Worker was having a baby boy and one thing I love is making baby blankets. When crocheting I can work them up pretty fast. 4-5 hours is about the combined time for me to knock one out. However, I decided to knit this baby blanket and well, it took forever!! It was worth it, but it took forever! Haha
I decided to go with a multi color yarn. I find that they are fun and work up in some pretty awesome ways! I hadn’t learned how to change colors until a few days ago so multicolor was the best way to go for me. =)
The pattern I was using was working Corner to Corner and the more stitches I had added the longer it took. While decreasing I was becoming anxious. I just wanted to finish this project so bad! It’s like when you have to go to the bathroom, the closer you get, the worse the pressure is. I know, weird example, but it’s the best I got. Haha!
I counted the stitches as I got closer to the end and I had about 142 stitches on my needles and all I could think about was how I had 139 more rows to go before I could bind off. Needles to say, that felt like it took forever!
While sharing my work in some amazing Knitting groups I discovered on Facebook, someone had mentioned they were jealous of my tension. I have to admit, I was a bit confused at first. After doing some googling I figured out what she meant. Since my mom taught me to crochet she always had helped me with not gripping too tightly and just going with the flow. Let the hooks work for you.
I took what she taught me into my knitting adventure and let the needles work for me. By not gripping too tightly or being too lose on my grip, my baby blanket is knitted pretty nicely and with stitches that match in size. I find that just letting the needles and yarn do the work helps.
However, so many things are included in how your tension goes. It all depends on you, the knitter, the yarn you are using, what kind of stitch you are doing and what kind of needles you are using. I find when I use my bamboo DPN’s I grip a little more. I am not a huge fan of them so I try not to use them often.
Something I had to remind myself was that I am not a pro knitter. I had to be okay with putting the project down and taking a break. Plus I get annoyed with working on the same thing over and over again. It’s good to take a break and work on something else. I made a hat… which I am very unsure about! haha. But that is not important right now.
With this being my first knitted baby blanket there are mistakes! I am still learning how to Tink and such so I didn’t go back and fix on major mistake I found. It bothered me but I noticed too far back and well, I would have just Frogged the whole thing and start over and I wasn’t doing that again…
As you can see, I was getting there. The closer I got the more excited I was! I was just so ready to finish this project. I wanted to finish before my co-worker had her son but he came a little early. Plus it was my first knitted baby blanket so I was excited to finish. I am not happy with the size. It’s only 28×28. I wanted it to be atlas 30×30 but I fell a little short. I was afraid of running out of yarn so I started the Decreasing row sooner then I should have. The baby blanket is stretchy, which is great, but I still wished I had added a few more rows.
My First Knitted Baby Blanket has been completed and despite the mistakes, I am very proud of this! I am a self taught knitter and this is a huge accomplishment for me! I am hoping my co-work loves it as much as I do! =D
I am truly excited for all the things I am about to create and a huge thanks has to go out to my Mom for being crafty and blessing me with her crafty side and the Ladies of Tink Yarn as it was them and their amazing yarn and their gift of circular needles that made me want to knock this out of the park!!
| Bernat Baby Sport – Funny Prints Ombre | Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Needle Tips – US 6 4.0mm |
| Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Cable – 24″ & 47″ |
| Picot-Edge Baby Blanket & Washcloth by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas |
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