Celtic Bassinette Blanket
I always wanted to try Double Knitting and this is the result of my first effort - I learned a lot!
1: You Tube has great videos on how to double knit and how to fix boo-boo’s on double knit fabric. Thank you Staci from Very Pink Knits for some awesome “I don’t get it” salvation.
2: I really hope everyone understands how I did the garter stitches at the edges and frame….knitting both front and back stitches together as if they were one stitch using a double strand. Instead of 2 stitches of each color…there are literally 2 stitches. I would love those little breaks from flipping the yarn front or back. These sections also anchor the front and back together.
3: The chart is not symmetrical when working the wrong side. All the left leaning lines now have to lean right. I saved my sanity by picking a side to be the front then marking the center of the pattern. Then I literally map each row with stitch markers. It took a little extra time to set up the next row, totally worth it. I would have been horribly lost and confused without taking that extra step.
4: This is a good “Intro to” project. You get a good feel for how to double knit and how to incorporate a pattern. Next time I might put something into those plain borders, but this time I wanted to keep it basic and give myself areas where it was comparatively easy.
5: About my confusing bit on How Much Yarn Did This Take: I bought the Bernat Baby Sport on clearance…and I bought a LOT of it. I have 3 skeins of each color. Each skein was 350g/1256yds. As it turns out, it looks like I used about half of 1 skein of each color. Follow that? I’m not about to unwind this thing and actually measure the yarn used. My knitting, like my cooking, is largely a guessing game. Welcome to my world.
NOTE: 6/5/2014 - I’ve had a request to upload the chart with inverted colors. Both charts are now in the PDF.
UPDATE 7/30/14 - I entered this blanket into the county fair where it won a Blue Ribbon and Grand Champion. smiling