First Ever Knitting Project

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My first ever knitting project was a baby blanket. That was twenty years ago. Sewing and embroidering were already among my favorite hobbies. Fabric and thread were starting to pile up on my shelves. Yarn was the next logical step for me. I had bought a book some time ago about knitting stitches (Le Dictionnaire Harmony des points de tricot). It has strategically been placed next to the cash register in a fabric store and had caught my eyes instantly. What attracted me was that the book included a picture of a sampler below every stitch name, each made with a different yarn and color. I spent quite some time looking at those pictures, trying to decide which stitch would not be too hard to accomplish for a beginner, while having the important quality of being pretty.

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One can feel somewhat overwhelmed when visiting a yarn store. So many cubicles packed with wool balls. In every possible colors and thicknesses. Not to mention the various fibers and quality. I had in the past followed my mother to such stores, and was somewhat over that feeling. I still had to make a choice, a task that can also be overwhelming because of all the choices offered to you. This is not a step to be rushed, though, when searching for the perfect yarn.  After perusing through all that was displayed, I finally picked the white, pink and purple you can see in my pictures. I still love the colors of that blanket.

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I knew the knit stitch and the purl stitch, but had not yet mastered the task of mixing both in the same row (knitted ribs was a great mystery at that time). I chose the “point diable”. I think, from the search I made on the internet, that the proper English translation is “devil stitch”. But I am not sure about that (if you know this stitch, please tell me how you call it–the translator side of me would appreciate it). Here is how this stitch is knitted (number of stitches: multiple of 3):

1st row (back of work): purl stitches

2nd row: 2 knit stitches, *yarn over, 3 knit stitches, first of these 3 stitches over the following 2*, 1 knit stitch

3rd row: purl stitches

4th row: 1 knit stitch, *3 knit stitches, first of these 3 stitches over the following 2, yarn over*, 2 knit stitches.

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If I remember well, it took me more than a year to make all the squares and to assemble them. Then I made a border. What you see in the pictures is a blanket that was used and washed. We can see fiber threads sticking out everywhere. My two sons slept under it. After that project, I was truly hooked and knitting was added to the list of my favorite hobbies.

What was your first knitting project? Was is a blanket too? Was is a baby project?

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A few other posts about yarn:

cross-stitch-carrots-border-tutorial

Crocheting a Frame on an Aïda Cloth

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Daisies and Leaves

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Narcissus Baby Blanket

Narcissus Baby Blanket

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Here, in North America, we are all longing for spring. Even though the calendar says we are March 24, it still feels and looks like February. If I look through the window, what I see is white snow, not so white snow, grayish and bare trees with buds waiting patiently for the weather to warm up.

That led me to work on Spring-looking projects for the past weeks. Bright and happy colors is what we need. I worked on an embroidered egg, in yellow, orange, pink and green. With sparkling beads. Very Spring! I will be able to show it to you next Friday.

Today, I am talking about my Narcissus Baby Blanket that I finished yesterday. All in white and yellow. Like the narcissus that are supposed to be getting ready to emerged from the soil. I think that I will have to wait some time for that to happen and I decided to work on a blanket in those colors. White and yellow together make a very cheery team. And as I have never, ever, made a Granny Square in my life and keep seeing them everywhere on blogs, Pinterest and the likes, I decided to try it.

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The Granny Square is for sure fun to crochet. It’s fast and whatever the colors, it always looks good. You change one color for one row, and the square have a completely different look. But, and for me it is a big “but”, you have to tuck in two loose strands at each row. That is a very boring task, in my opinion. Thankfully, it is a baby blanket. I could not imagine having to do that for a king-size bedspread.

After, you have to join the squares. I decided to do it with the hook. Much faster than with the yarn needle. (But you still have to tuck in two strands for each joining row…) This method made a thick join but I like the crosses it created.narcissus-baby-blanket-crochet

I enjoyed crocheting with the bright team of colors and like the lively blanket. But I do not think I will make Granny Squares again, though. The loose strands are too much work for the lazy part of me.

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This is a blanket I made for the Project Linus. Here are other baby blankets I made for charity: Tricolor Baby Blanket, Juicy Fruit Afghan and Blue Baby Blankets and Skinny Bunnies.

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Tricolor Baby Blanket

Some time ago, I saw a picture of a crochet stitch. It appealed to me right away. The crochet pattern is very simple: two double crochets, two chain stitches, two double crochets, two chain stitches… and so on. So simple that I was able to figure this out just by looking at it. If you change the color of your yarn at each row, you soon have a colorful pattern before your eyes.

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Simple but colorful! Click for a closer look.

The picture I saw directed me to the Gallery of Sarah London Textile (on Flickr). If you click on the link, you will see that her work is colorful and lively. She used three different colors and I chose to do the same. Mine are more pastel then lively, thought.

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Yellow, blue and pink. I find those three colors make pretty blankets for newborns, suitable for a boy or a girl. I made the border blue, to counterbalance the pink.

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So, that is an other blanket I will give to my mother, Claudine. She is an avid knitter of baby blankets herself and an avid collector of blankets and anything for babies, for the Project Linus. They collect blankets for sick children. Here are a few links about other blankets I made for the Project Linus Canada: Juicy Fruit Afghan and Baby Blankets and Skinny Bunnies.

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This a peak at the blanket I started last week end. I think I will call it the Narcissus Baby Blanket.