I really enjoyed this knitting project:
Pattern – Abby’s Blanket by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage (superwash merino wook), 3 skeins of Afternoon and 1 skein of Coral (200 yds per skein)
Needles – US 8s (dpns and 32″ circulars)
Apparently, my skeins of Afternoon weren’t from the same dye lot, as you can see from the gradation of color midway through the blanket; actually, you can’t see this at all when you’re just looking at the blanket (I’m not sure why it shows up on camera). I ran out of Afternoon about 4 rows before I was finished, but it didn’t seem to make any difference, so I just started a little early with the Coral border.
What I like about this pattern is the almost infinite variety of ways you could knit it, just depending on the colors you used; for instance, you could stripe it by changing colors every certain number of rows, or use one color for the center of the blanket, then a second for the main portion, and a third for the border. I’m guessing that this superwash merino will make the blanket very user-friendly, but next time, I’d be interested in trying it with a softer yarn – maybe something with cashmere. It would also be beautiful and user-friendly in 100% cotton.
One of the best things about this knitting project was that the lace kept it interesting – there’s nothing more boring than straight rows of garter or stockinette stitching, which is usually what you’re stuck with when knitting a blanket – but the lace doesn’t make the blanket too delicate or make it feel like it would be useable and durable.