Don’t turn the heat on just yet… October 4, 2012 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

A few nights ago I was sitting on the couch watching TV and realized I felt a bit chilly. You know, not quite cold, but uncomfortable enough. So I grabbed one of the many blankets – or afghan, lapghan, whatever you want to call it – I have knit over the years and snuggled under it. If it is not really cold enough to turn on the heat, which I think it is not because I am not ready to say ‘hello’ to Fall just yet, they are the perfect solution.

When knitting an afghan I like to pick patterns that keep one entertained while knitting. There is nothing worse than getting bored with a large project like that because it will sit around forever (at least in my house) and probably never get finished. There are different ways to keep it interesting, be it using scraps and leftovers or picking a pattern that is amusing you by changing it up during knitting.

Right this moment the “Beekeepers Quilt” is one of the hot items on ravelry, other projects in this style are the “Sock Yarn Blanket”, the “Apple Core Blanket”, “A recipe for Fish” , “Bobby’s Garden” , “Six’es”, all of them using scraps and bits of yarn for small pieces either knit or sewn together. If you have a large amount of small leftovers, that is the project to go for.

The following patterns can be worked in any weight, though the first one is also called “Sock Yarn Blanket” (I guess it is because avid sock knitters really have the most leftovers available? I know I do.) and the pattern is for a fingering weight. Another one is the “Unscrappy Afghan”, worked in a way that variegated yarns are blended together by an easy stitch pattern, using knit and purl.

If you feel that knitting squares to be sewn up is more up your alley, there are patterns for that, too: “Dicke Decke/Big Afghan”, “119-43 Blanket with Squares in Garter Stitch” and “Log Cabin Square”.

Blankets worked in one piece in an interesting way are: “Ten Stitch Blanket”, “Ten Stitch Twist” , “Ten Stitch Zigzag” as well as the “Moderne Baby Blanket” (this one needs to be worked in a larger yarn to make it big enough, but I do like the idea!).

If you think you’ll never be able to finish a blanket in a worsted weight or even thinner yarn, go for a super bulky! “Umaro” , or this one, called “Breezy Sofa Blanket”. Bulky and Super Bulky yarns are best used in patterns knit in one piece. Last but not least our very own “Chevron Color-Block Blanket”, which is not knit in a Super Bulky but at a gauge of 16 st/4″ so it grows fast enough.

I know that starting a blanket now won’t help with the chills right away, however, if knit in one piece you can always use your knitting for extra warmth…

TTFN,

– Mona