Ooh this was a fun one! Back in February when I heard of my impending uncle-dom, I began working on a garter stitch square with the intention of turning it into a baby blanket/shawl for the little one. I never tire of a good garter stitch square trimmed with a lacy edge – I think they’re simple, elegant and wonderful to knit. They never do you wrong. Ever.

Tweed Baby Blanket

At the same time the garter stitch knitting was happening (academic de-tox) I was amassing a stack of Shetland Knitting History Books (pleasure reading) on the bedside table. Being exposed to pages and pages of the most unbelievable Shetland lace, the beautiful Hap Shawls put a spell on me (I think I’ll make an ‘official’ one this year) and, when it came time for choosing a suitable edge to incorporate my second-color, Feather-and-Fan struck back with a vengeance!

Tweed Baby Blanket
 

Pattern: A Shetland-Inspired Improvisation
Yarn: KnitPicks (new) “City Tweed DK” in Tahitian Pearl (MC) & Orca (CC)
Needles: US 8/5.0 mm circulars
Finished Dimensions: 38″ x 38″ square

Started: Late February 09
Finished: Mid-April 09


Tweed Baby Blanket

The nice folks over at KnitPicks sent me some of their new City Tweed yarn to play with. It’s super soft and allowed me to create a shawl that’s baby-skin-friendly while masquerading as something a bit more rustic (rustique?). I knit the (DK-weight) yarn up on an 8 and blocked the piece as for lace with blocking wires and a nice drumskin tension. I love how it came out – the softness and squishiness remains but with a drapey, shawl-like quality.

Tweed Baby Blanket

The garter stitch is worked on the bias, starting with one stitch and increasing one stitch on each row to create the square – at the halfway point, just replace a decrease for your increase and you end up shaping it back down to one stitch. Then it was just a matter of picking up stitches and Feather and Fanning myself into oblivion. I finished off with an applied I-Cord to keep simple, felxible edge and of course adhere to the ‘no-hard-bind-offs’ rule of lace blocking.

Tweed Baby Blanket

It’s a bit early for October, but I guess it just means we’ll have more woolens to chat about between now and then. Is there anything better than knitting for a Fall arrival?