Elspeth’s Surprise Baby Blanket by Lara Neel

Elspeth’s Surprise Baby Blanket

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November 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in (Blocked) Simple Cables
US 8 - 5.0 mm
920 - 924 yards (841 - 845 m)
one size - 28 inches by 34 inches

I cast on for this blanket and knit it at top-speed to deal with my anxiety while my sister was in labor. All I had was a sketch and big pile of pink yarn.

Just a word of warning: seam. I didn’t plan this blanket very well. If I had, I would have broken it into three strips instead of two, so that I would have had two seams instead of one. Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer, but I don’t like lines right down the center of things.

I realized this would be a problem when I was too far in, though, so I just had to keep on. In the end, my seam looks pretty good. The blanket almost looks seamless right now. It remains to be seen how good it will look after a few months of use.

Also, don’t freak out. There is no seam allowance with this blanket. Not one stitch. Not half a stitch. NO seam allowance. Instead, do not slip stitches or anything else at the beginning or end of rows. At the end, I gained a little confidence from Margaret Fisher’s book, Seven Things That Can Make or Break a Sweater and worked a seam that I think looks pretty great, if I do say so myself. If you’re not comfortable with the no-seam-allowance thing, feel free to add your favorite kind of edge treatment and seam it in a way you like. I suggest trying one or two methods on gauge swatches, just to see what works best for you.

The website that previously hosted this has dropped all of my old patterns. They are currently unavailable, but I may reissue them at another time.