Garter Chevron Blanket – halfway catchup!

I was looking through some photos from the last two weeks, and realized that I DO have new photos of my garter chevron blanket to share, even though I’m still on knitting hiatus, for now, while my wrists and forearms heal up from overuse.

I actually made a bunch of progress on this project in a short span of time — which is part of how I messed up my stupid wrists in the first place! I had a couple of days in a row where I had to spent 5+ hours sitting quietly, waiting for things. PERFECT for knitting, right? Except, it’s not a good idea to knit garter stitch (knit knit knit knit with no purls or other stitches) for the whole 5 hours with no breaks.

Clover Leaf!

Although I regret it now, because it’s meant such a dumb hiatus, I did get quite a lot knit.

Clover Leaf!

I finished the third colour/second stripe! This was the first really truly green stripe, in a colourway called “granny smith.” I’m still really loving how this is coming out – I know the colours wouldn’t be for everyone, but they’re very me :)

Clover Leaf!

This next stripe is the only non-Cascade yarn. This 3rd stripe/4th colour is Classic Wool from Patons, in a bright medium green called “clover leaf”. Why different yarn? For the most practical reason ever: this yarn in this colour happened to be on super sale at my LYS. It fit into the colour scheme was economical to boot!

Clover Leaf!

I’m super excited about how this blanket is shaping up! I think I’m firmly in “knitted blanket junkie” territory, now.

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Yellow to Gold to Granny Smith

I took my garter stitch chevron blanket out for coffee and a donut this week! That right there, friends, is an earl grey donut. It was FAN. TASTIC :)

Yarn, latte, donut. Good.

Also, Miss New Zealand thinks this blanket is hers, already. She’s generally a big fan of squishy knitted fabric, and this is no exception. If I’m not quick to put it away, this is what happens:

Feline usurper ;)

Can I show you some actual progress instead of just snacks and cats? YES! Ta da!

Giant chevron!

I’ve modified from the original pattern a little bit. Instead of working 50 rows per stripe, I’m doing 60 (30 garter ridges). I just wanted to use up more yarn and have a wider stripe than I had at 50 rows.

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I like how it’s looking so far! Up next: apple green. I think the colourway is actually called “granny smith”.

Greens!

Greens!

Even though most of the time it’s squashed into a blob in my lap, it’s starting to be pretty substantial size-wise!

Blanket-ey!

Adding apple green

Can I bust out this stripe in a week or less? (Probably. My other activities this week will be deadline-dissertation-chapter-writing [ugh], deadline-TA-grading [ugh], and feeling grumpy and sad about my still far far away spouse [a million ughs]. That stuff means more knitting.)

Adding apple green

Garter Chevron Blanket: Yellow :)

Have I mentioned that I really, really like garter stitch? And blankets? And projects that combine those two things? Also STRIPES? Also yellow and green?

I am so excited about this blanket :)

Pictures? Of course!

I used my thematically appropriate yellow and green yarn ball stitch markers.

Blanket nub!

The start of something chevroney

It started to grow really quickly right away!

Crescent!

Triangle!

Because I’ve used a different needle size from the pattern (I’m using a 5.5mm needle), I’ve adjusted the numbers a bit. I continued increasing the initial triangular section until I had a total of 269 sts (134 sts on either side of the center stitch).

Why 269? That’s when I ran out of yellow :)

Next up? Gold heather!

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Yellow, meet gold!

Matching teapot optional! In just a couple of tea-filled evenings and boredom-filled bus rides, I’ve made lots of progress already.

Matching teapot optional!

The rows are so long that they gobble up yarn like nobody’s business. Already, in just 15 rows, I’ve used up 40g of yarn.

Stripey situations getting started

How wide will the stripes be? More on that next time! It might involve a golden rule…

Garter Stripe Blanket – Finished!!!

When I last posted about my spectrumey, garter stripe blanket project, it was nearly done – I had finished all the coloured stripes, and I had finished the natural cream wool garter border. Since then, I’ve added a gray i-cord edging, woven in all the ends, and taken a few ton of glamour shots!

First, some details about the i-cord edging. I’m kind of an i-cord fanatic. It’s so simple, but it look so professional and tidy! I certainly could have called the blanket “finished” after the natural garter borders, but I’m thrilled with how the i-cord edge looks.

I love the Purlbee’s attached i-cord tutorial, here. For this blanket, I used a 3 stitch i-cord edge. Whenever the item I’m adding i-cord to is round, I cast on provisionally (I like this crochet cast on), so that when I get back to where I started, I can undo the provisional cast on and graft the two ends together. Be careful – grafting top to bottom a little bit tricker than normal kitchener stitch. The best visualization I’ve seen is on a fellow Raveler’s project page: check it out here!

So! I worked the 3 stitch i-cord edging all around the blanket, skipping an edge stitch every inch and a half or so in order not to stretch out the garter stitch and keep everything nice and tidy. I used Briggs & Little Heritage yarn in medium gray, leftover from an Owls sweater I made a few years ago.

One or two other specs, in case you’d like to make something like this: I cast on as many stitches as would fit on my longest circular needle (174, it turns out). I knit 20 rows/10 ridges in garter stitch per colour, x 10 colours, for 20 coloured stripes. Then I picked up along the long edges of the blanket (200 stitches per side: 1 stitch in each garter ridge), and worked 20 rows/10 ridges in cream yarn. On the short edges, I worked the same 20 rows of garter in cream (I left the coloured stitches live, and picked up 10 stitches from each top edge of the cream borders from the long side). Finally, I added the i-cord.

Without further ado, behold! A TON OF PHOTOS!

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My cat, Miss New Zealand, *really* wants the blanket to be hers. Any time I lay it out, she climbs on and settles in immediately.

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Once I wrestled it away from her adorable napping self, I took the blanket outside for a little photoshoot! I definitely plan to enjoy more cups of tea on my balcony with the blanket.

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I think it works inside, too!

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Guess who popped over for blanket time?

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Lastly, a few shots of the wrong side of the fabric – for full disclosure!

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I think I’ve come a very long way from the very first blanket I ever knit, which I pulled out of the closet this week. I made this old blanket in stages, in 2003-2004. I knit big, garter stitch squares on straight needles, and then seamed them (very, very badly) together. The yarn is this crazy, neon, bouclé stuff that I really loved back then… (Lion Brand Bouclé Multi, to be precise.) I remember many pleasant evenings working on it, while living in university residence and watching Law & Order with my college friends.

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I’m glad I still have it, first because it’s serviceable and warm (and machine washable!), and because it’s nice to compare it to my most recent blanket project and think about how much I’ve grown as a knitter and a person in the ten years between these two big, soft pieces of knitted fabric.

I find blankets to be such satisfying projects, even if they can take a long time. I’ve already started another one, with a different pattern (and a different yarn weight)! More details about that another day :)

Garter Stripe Blanket BORDER TIME!

Is there anything better than happy colours and squishy, cozy texture together? I’ve made some great progress on my stripey garter stitch blanket since my last update!

After I finished all the coloured stripes, I wanted to add a border of some kind both to make the blanket a bit larger, and to bring in some neutrals to balance out all the colour!

I knew I wanted to use some natural, undyed Juniper Moon 100% cormo wool yarn that I had, both because it’s gorgeous AND because it’s from my favourite farm! (As I was knitting, I even found one of my favourite yarn features ever – a tiny dot of surprise colour! I think of it as an easter egg every time I find one of these in a yarn :) )

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I considered several different border stitch options. I thought about working a garter border back and forth, in the style of the 10-stitch blanket. I considered doing a folded edge like in this Whit’s Knits blanket from the Purlbee. I also mulled over a couple of log-cabin style options: either true log cabin (like these washcloths, for example), or a sort of modified version, where I picked up and knit along both long sides first, and then along both short sides (see scribbly diagrams below!)

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Eventually, I decided to go with that last option – first, garter borders along both long edges, then along the two shorter edges.

I consulted a couple of “picking up stitches along a garter edge” resources, but ultimately my friend Amber came to the rescue with a photo tutorial of her technique. THANKS AMBER!  Once the stitches were picked up, the borders were just as easy and fun to knit as the coloured stripes.

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I really wanted to be able to work on the blanket border on the bus, but it gets a bit crowded (especially now that school is back in!) and the blanket is getting big. So, I’ve started taking a slightly earlier bus in the morning to make sure I’m on a double decker – extra seating room and definitely better for knitting!

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I’m so happy with how the blanket is coming along!

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I have one more step in mind. My very favourite edge treatment – i-cord of course!

I want to save the rest of the natural cormo for another project, so instead I’m going to work i-cord all around the edges in gray. I poked through my yarn closet and found that I had TWO different skeins of medium gray yarn!

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On the left is Briggs & Little Heritage (a Canadian yarn!), and on the right is Berroco Vintage Chunky. Both are leftovers from other projects! The Briggs & Little yarn is a rustic 100% wool, and the Berroco Vintage Chunky is a blend (50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon). Both yarns are a little bit heavier than the worsted yarns I used for the body of the blanket, but since they’re just for an edging treatment, I think they’ll still work. I like them both for different reasons, but I did make a decision!

I’m going to work my i-cord with the Briggs & Little 100% wool. Even though it’s not a particularly soft yarn, it’s hard-wearing and will last a long time. I’m also loving the idea of gray for the edges, because I think blanket edges can see more wear and tear and possibly staining. Instead of having white edges that might not hold up so well over time, this blanket will have a lovely gray outline to keep it looking great!

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Also I just love gray a lot :)

Garter Spectrum Stripe Blanket CATCH UP!

Since I last updated my garter stripe blanket progress, well… I’ve made a lot of progress. (Picture heavy ahead!)

I got busy working on the second repeat of the spectrum…

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I took the blanket with me on the bus, and to work…

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But then it got a bit unwieldy. So I worked on it at home…

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And then! I got to the second True Blue stripe! This one felt extra special, because I got to use both the last bits of my own leftover True Blue, and some in the same colourway sent to me by my extremely kind friend Amber :)

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Then… a calamity. I ran out of navy yarn just three rows away from the end of the stripe.

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So, I wove in ends for a while, to keep busy until I could pick up more navy yarn.

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LUCKILY, the navy yarn is Berroco Vintage, easily acquired at one of my local yarn stores. Thank goodness it wasn’t a rare hand dye!

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Before I picked up more navy, I also started thinking more seriously about the edging for the blanket. I’m going to use some natural, undyed Juniper Moon Farm 100% cormo wool yarn that I happen to have… so I wound that up.

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It smells aaaaahmaaaaaazing, feels wonderful and lanoliney, and is going to make an amazing edging.

Next time I update, I should be showing you the finished spectrum-ey portion, and be all ready to start the border bits :D

Garter Stripe Catch Up!

I am so excited about these photos! I’ve been making awesome progress on my spectrum-ey garter stripe blanket, because since it’s ALL knit knit knit knit, I can work on it everywhere! On the bus! On my lunch break! While watching TV! Before bed! :D

After the gorgeous greens, I moved on to my first blue stripe – leftover True Blue worsted weight cormo wool from a 2010 Juniper Moon yarn share (I made a sweater with most of that yarn! I’m definitely going to share where each of the yarn leftovers for this blanket came from. Soon!)

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After the first blue stripe, I got so excited about being nearly finished one full repeat of all the colours! I added navy and purple next.

The cool colours!

I think it looks pretty great folded up…

Starting to look lovely!

But maybe even better all spread out :)

Ta da! Halfway there!

My plan is to knit another full repeat of the same colours in the same order – so, after the purple stripe, starting over again at the darkest red and working through the spectrum again.

Then, I’ll add some kind of border to finish the edges. Spoiler: it will probably involve i-cord :)

Guess what? Green is my favourite.

So, I’ve been going like gangbusters on my garter stripe spectrum blanket. Even though it’s starting to get big, I’m still stubbornly pulling it out to knit on the bus and hauling it around with me to squeeze in a few stitches any time I can. Obsessed is not too strong of a word to describe my relationship with the blanket-in-progress at the moment :)

I’m actually a few stripes past what you can see in these photos, but for now, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

 Ojai to Emerald

Ojai to Emerald

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Seriously, greens are best.

It's starting to look rainbowey!

True Blue is Next!

More blanket, this time with GREEN!!!

So, green is the best. It’s my favourite.

And now my garter blanket has a green stripe!!!

Barf green blanket stripe is best!

Even though I loved how the blanket looked with just warm colours, I’m LOVING that I get to move on to happy rich greens and cool blues now, too.

Seriously, green is the best.

This particular green that you’re seeing is leftover from last year’s Juniper Moon Fiber Farm spring CSA share, dyed in the one of a kind and totally perfect Ojai colourway.

Warm spectrum + green. Perfect!

There’s just something about greens that makes my heart go pitter pat :)

And I DID find a rich, deep, emerald green to follow up the Ojai with!!

Ojai green and emerald green!

I really think they look lovely side by side.

Yep :)

 

Squishy, cozy, cheerful garter stitch, you are the best :)

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, Please shine down on me!

So, sunny yellow seems like the perfect summer colour to me. I love yellow – next to barf green, it’s probably my favourite.

Happy, sunny yellow!

I like bright yellow, and mustard yellow, and yellows like straw or apricots… if Harvest Gold appliances were still widely available, I would want one.

Warm spectrum all the way!

And, no surprise: garter stitch looks great in yellow.

Yellow, sherbet, pink, red, and crimson brick road?

And you know what comes after yellow, don’t you?!!

...a hint of springy OJAI green on the way :)
Normal home decor, yeah?

GREEN IS NEXT! I AM SO EXCITED!