Designing a baby blanket for our Knitting Kits

Well, first I chose the yarns and decided that I would make both a boy’s version and a girl’s version of the blanket out of this very soft and cuddly bamboo yarn. The girl’s blanket will be out of a sherbet pink and a beautiful orange. But, things are never as simple as one might hope they will be and when I designed one of the pieces with four hearts, I knit it up and I was not happy with the result. The stitches looked too loose on the number 5 needles and the design did not have the look that pleased me. So, back to the drawing board. I will share with you that, in my search for an easy graphing design site, I happened upon one that is both a pleasure to use and is free!!! It is Tricksy Knitter. What a help this is! You can graph using colored rectangles and save your design and edit it whenever you want I am beginning again with smaller needles, my favorite brand Signature Needles Arts. I designed the two patterns and am beginning again with the orange shape, which will have a design including circles. I am checking that both designs will have the same area when finished so that they will fit together.

So today I began with my new design and this yummy orange yarn that you can see below. It just so happens that I am knitting with needles that are, as you can see purple and I am not sure if I love the combination or hate it. What do you think?

I really like this pattern, which begins with 6 rows of knit to balance the four stitches on each side. You may or may not know it, but stitches are not square and knit up in a rectangular shape. To compensate for this, rows must be added if you want the vertical strips bottom and top to look the same width as the horizontal edge on the sides. Another thing I really like about this pattern is that there is no “wrong” side. Both sides look different but just as attractive.

I designed a flower to be the alternate design but when I was knitting it, I kept losing my place and then I remembered what I used to do when I did counted thread patterns. In order to make sure that I was in the right place, I ran colored thread along the rows and columns. So, I got out my stitch markers and put purple markers after the first 4 stitches and before the last. Then I put green markers after every 10 stitches and, with a light colored thin marker, I highlighted the tenth line down the pattern and, behold; I now have a guide for my knitting that I can check as I knit.

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