The Lakehouse blanket…

Hello everyone.

I’ve finished the Lakehouse Blanket I’ve been making for a friend of mine!

I created it based on my Classic 2-Tone Baby Blanket pattern.  But instead of using 2 strands of DK yarn, I used a chunky yarn, and I casted on more stitches in order to make it adult sized.

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I won’t share with you though the name of the yarn I used because it was awful to work with and I wouldn’t recommend it; it unraveled as I knit.  UGH!  I adore the colourway, but not the yarn.

If you would like to create one for yourself, here’s the pattern:

Approximately 1400 yards of a chunky yarn.

US size 10.5 circular needles.  These are used to hold the stitches only as the piece is knit flat.

Cast on 150 stitches.

Knit every row for 20 rows.

Row 21 – knit the first 12 stitches, purl the next 126 stitches, knit the last 12 stitches.

Row 22 – knit across the entire row.

Repeat rows 21 and 22 (alternating between the two) until your blanket measures about 50″ in TOTAL.  This will give you a garter stitch border and a stockinette stitch centre.

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Once you are at about 50″, knit every row for 20 rows casting off on the 20th row.

The approximate finished size will be 42″ x 54″.

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Now off to finish the 2 baby blankets for co-workers and then I really need to focus on finishing up some patterns!

If you give this blanket a try, I would love to see it.  Feel free to send any photos to diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting.

Diana

The birthday blanket is done…

Hello everyone!

I’m just popping in to share with you the COMPLETED birthday blanket! 😀

I took a bit longer to finish it than I had hoped, but I got it done in time for this weekend when my girlfriend and her husband come over for dinner! Whew!!

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If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know:

I used 7 balls of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Grey Heather Tweed and US size 8 circular needles.

Cast on 200 stitches.

Row 1 – 20: Knit 20, Purl 20 across the row.

Row 21 – 40: Purl 20, Knit 20 across the row.

Repeat above pattern until you have come close to the end of the 7 balls.

Cast off on row 20. (you will have a bit of yarn left over)

I purchased my yarn from YarnCanada.ca.  The prices are very reasonable and the delivery is quick!

I’m almost finished my Lakehouse blanket and then I’ll be knitting 2 baby blankets for a couple of sweet baby girls! I don’t get to knit with pink often, so I’m excited about that!

I’ll post pictures of the Lakehouse blanket when I’m done!

Happy knitting.

Diana

 

Stashbuster blanket…

Hello everyone!

I bought some yarn last year with something in mind I’m sure, but by the time I got to it, I had totally forgotten what I had bought it for! LOL!

So, I decided I would just make a blanket.  It reminds me of summertime and Sherbet!! 😀

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I’m using a go to blanket pattern I found when I first started knitting.  You can find the pattern over on the Painting Lilies blog by clicking here.

It’s created using 2 strands of yarn at one time, one of my favourite things to do to create beautiful and unique colourways!

I’m almost done and then I’m going to make myself another Chilly Day Poncho, but I’m going to change it up a bit. I’ll share with you what I do, so stay tuned.

Now off to fill up my coffee mug and finish this blanket!

Happy knitting!

Diana

A little late starting…

Hello everyone!

Every year I knit as many hats as I can for our local Downtown Mission.

I’m a little late getting going this year (perhaps our warm weather has something to do with that!) but I’ve finally started.

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I’ve managed to complete 4 hats in the last few days and have another one on my needles as I write.

I find its a great way to use up left over yarn and it benefits the community at the same time.

If you would like to knit up some hats for charity, click here for my Cozy Winter Hat pattern. It’s super simple and very quick!

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

Chilly Day Poncho…

My “Chilly Day Poncho” pattern is now available exclusively over at loveknitting.com!

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It’s knit using 2 strands of Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn held together making it a super warm and thick poncho.

Knit in 2 pieces and sewn together, this pattern is great for a knitter looking to make their first garment.

Head on over and download your pattern today!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Sunday knitting & a baby blanket…

Hello everyone!

Since starting a new job recently, I don’t have nearly as much time as I used to to knit. 😦 So it’s turning out that Sundays are my knitting days.

Today I’ve started a baby blanket.

My husband’s co-worker is expecting a baby in October and since I  LOVE knitting baby blankets,  I thought I would knit one for him and his wife.

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They don’t know the gender of the baby, so I chose this beautiful green yarn by Caron as opposed to the standard gender neutral yellow.  I adore the vibrancy of this colour!

I got the idea for this blanket from one I saw on Pinterest.  I really liked it because the body of the blanket is knit on a diagonal.  If you would like to make one too, you can click here for the pattern.

Off to work on the blanket some more.  It’s a hot one today, so I’ll be staying indoors!

Happy knitting!

Diana