Anzula blanket

 Anzula blanket 1

Anzula is one of my favorite yarns – I just love how it feels and how it knits up.  I picked up eight (!) skeins at the Sock Summit in July, and decided to use the Nesting Squares Baby Blanket pattern in More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.  I knit on US 6 needles (one size up from the recommendation on the yarn label) and used Anzula Cricket (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) in colors Periwinkle (1 skein), Boysenberry (1 skein) and Charcoal (2 skeins).  Each skein is approx. 250 yards.

Anzula blanket 2

I like how the blanket feels, but am not happy with the finished product overall.  First, it feels a little too thin to be a blanket, which makes it drape nicely, but I’ve decided that when I knit another blanket with the remaining four skeins, I’m going to double-strand (and go up to US 10s or 11s).  Second, because it’s stockinette stitch, it looks best on one side, and it seems like blankets should be double-sided, so I’m going to use garter stitch on the next blanket.  Finally, I’m not crazy about this pattern because the center won’t lie flat and the edges didn’t come out as squared as I had hoped, so I’m going to try something different the next time around.

 Anzula blanket 3

Anzula blanket 4

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