designs & making-of

Color tiles blanket

Since we moved into our house 2 years ago, my daughter wanted a knitted blanket. Our new house is indeed very old (built in 1900’s) and it’s colder than in the flat we lived before, which was much older (1850’s!) but heated also by your neighbors.
But a blanket is huge and means lots of time and work. Like all of you, I want to knit many things in winter – often much more than what I can -, and I selfishly avoided saying Yes last season.
But this winter, we had a couple of cold waves from Northern Europe – brrr! – and I had to admit that she needed a blanket.

So I got drawing blankets. I first imagined a blanket with equal-sized color squares, like a patchwork, but joined seamlessly, first in a very ordinary yet safe white-blue-grey combo, then in a much brighter white-blue-grey-coral-mustard one. Playing with the last combination, I also drew a blanket with squares of various sizes, and this is the version my daughter chose, in spite of my strong “recommendation” for the patchwork version!
So I needed to calculate all the numbers of rows and stitches between the edges and squares and draw a blueprint, and this is why I’m offering you the pattern πŸ™‚

As I had no idea about the yardage for a blanket, I based on Kex Blanket by Mr. West, which requires 2600 meters, and I hopefully supposed that as this one is mostly in garter stitch, a blanket in Stockinette stitch would need less. I prepared 26 balls of Nepal from Drops (75 meters/82 yds per ball x 26 = 1950 m / 2132 yds!), with 18 white balls.

So I knitted, knitted…

… knitted… and run out of white yarn!

I ended up with 26 white skeins, 5 grey, 2 blue and 1 pink and 1 mustard! And many ends to get rid of!

The blanket is to sleep with, but it has turned out to be a good throw on our (worn) sofa πŸ™‚ It feels soft and squishy and I regret when my daughter takes it back to her bedroom each night.

It can make you drowsy too πŸ™‚

The blanket pattern is available here on my site, free of course!

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