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variegated.bobbin.blanket

I did a post a moon or two ago about my own baby blanket, that at over 40 years old, is still in my possession (Lovey is held together with years of love, dirt and willpower these days). It was knit in the feather and fan pattern and was my obsession as a kid. I now knit the baby blankets I gift (and sell) in the same pattern, and each time I post a picture, my Facebook followers go all nutty and lust for the pattern and the deets. So, I figured it was high time to reblog, and share this winning beauty (literally – I have fair ribbons to prove it) with the masses. Huzzah!

Feather and fan is actually a super easy pattern that only requires counting (up to 6!) every 4th row. Combined with these totally amazing yarn bobbins I stumbled across from Premier Yarns, these blankets are absolutely drool worthy. The bobbins come loaded with 3 skeins worth of anti-pill acrylic yarn – which is totally perfect for baby blankets, as I am told that babies tend to leak and/or spew various liquids and things, and need to be washed often. These require no special laundering and are just as cozy as they are gorge.

I use US 8 circular needles, 24″ long. I use circulars as often as possible as your project is literally contained within itself. This pattern works in multiples of 18 (Whoa. Math.) but I find a cast on of 154 stitches works perfectly into a tiny human sized blanket (8 pattern repeats with 10 for a border). The pattern below is for my blanket, but you can obviously tweak for a smaller boarder, etc. I also slip the first stitch of each row to the new needle (which counts as your first stitch), which in the end automatically creates a nice clean edge.

  • Cast on 154 stitches and knit each row until you have a border approximately an inch wide
  • Row 1: Knit
  • Row 2: K5, purl entire row, K5
  • Row 3: k5, * k2 tog 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, k2 tog 3 times * repeat from * to * until last 5 stitches, K5
  • Row 4: Knit

Repeat these 4 rows until you have the desired width for your color band (or just go to town if you’re going the single color route) and knit the last inch to bind off your border. The Premier bobbins work nicely into 7 row bands, and give you 5 blocks of that gorgeous variegated hombre. 2 bobbins work into a single blanket with plenty left over for a crocheted border and a matching cowl or something similar of the middle block color.

My blankets knit into approx 30X40”, but since you have the magical key of the 18 stitch pattern repeat, you can make it as large or small as you want.

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I finally finished that awesome checkerboard baby blanket! And just in time to blog about it on the fabulous Robin’s Crafting Mommy of Two blog. You get to see the finished piece, snag a free pattern, and learn a little more about me! (I used to throw clay – the cool kid way!)

 

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Click the image for a direct link to the blog post. Hooray!

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reblog:Guest Post: Fan and Feather Lovey — Free Pattern

I am so tickled Natasha asked me to do a guest post on her awesome blog. And what better project to blog about..!?

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Today I have the honor of hosting a pattern by the ever-so-lovely Annie Ciszak Pazar, owner of Anchorage’s Bella Boutique and author of the crafty blog Annie’s Arts and Follies.

I’ve always admired this lady for her unique jewelry and undying motivation for knitting big ol’ scarves and cowls.

Recently a mutual friend of ours had a baby — today actually! I felt like there was no better day to showcase the stunning blanket Annie made for her new little girl. So I’ll hand it over to Annie:

I have a blanket on my bed which I affectionately call Lovey. Lovey was a gift from my grandmother at my mother’s baby shower for me, 30-some years ago. Lovey is still around. And on my bed. Needless to say I have a very tolerant husband and perhaps some slight attachment issues. So when it comes time to make special soft and cuddly…

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It seems everyone I know is expecting these days (if you don’t think you are, you better check again) and I have been a baby blanket making fool. Coincidentally, I have also been a guest blogging fool! Keep an eye on Alaska Knit Nat‘s blog for a tutorial on the famous Lovey blanket (feather and fan), and the fabulous Robin of Crafting Mommy of Two has asked me to tell you about the latest checkerboard blanket.

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I make the blankets for folks I know will appreciate them (not everyone “gets” 40-50 hours of one’s time as a gift) and it is the absolute best feeling when the recipient gets really excited. It is the definition of ‘warm and fuzzy.’

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honorable.mention

I’m sure my friends and family are sick of me talking about this silly blanket nonstop, but honestly I’m pretty darn tickled that a) I had my sh*t together enough to finish it for the Fair b) had the huevos to enter it into a state competition and c) take home a ribbon! Woo hoo! It was a lot of work, but for the first time, aside from weaving ends, it is totally mistake free – (I pat myself on the back for that, too). And being the masochist that I am, I am contemplating making another one….why not, right? What colors this time?

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fan.fair

I’m working on a another fan and feather blanket, but this one is destined to be entered into the state fair this summer. I will even be teaching myself ( or, *gulp* asking for help) to crochet a little floral border. Exciting stuff!

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