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.
I’ve been an absolute knitting fool lately. I’ve been cranking out cowls, trying to prepare for the Harry Potter scarf Etsy explosion (it’s coming…), fill a few custom holiday orders and work on a baby blanket or two. Are you tired ready that?
The latest pattern is for a hip granny – custom holiday order. It’s a super easy and quick scarf that only requires that you know how to knit, purl, and count to 2.
Cast on 30 stitches
Row 1: knit across
Row 2: purl across
Row 3: (k2,p2) across; end k2
Row 4: (p2, k2) across; end p2
When you reach the desired length, bind off, weave in your ends, etc etc etc. This will need to be blocked when you are finished, but will be a great conversation starter. And it’s so easy!
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…
Iceland is absolutely full of yarn. Even at the tiny mom and pop grocery stores and some of the gas stations. Seriously. That’s probably because there are also sheep everywhere (not necessarily in the gas stations, but almost literally right outside…). And this is good, quality, Lopi type yarn and I took every opportunity to fondle as much of it as I could while I was there. (And it was cheap!!!)
We stopped and checked out the Handknitting Association of Iceland (quite a few times actually, as my husband was obsessed with finding the perfect sweater) and I stumbled upon my first community knitting project. I had heard about places that do such a thing but was never able to be part. A basket by the door had a scarf in the round with all sorts of different yarns and patterns and a list of the knitters from over 20 different countries listed. And yes. I had to take part.
We did finally manage to find the husband a sweater, though he thought perhaps he needed another (but we decided his next epic sweater would come from Ireland or Scotland), and it was a double feel good purchase as it was handmade just for that shop. So awesome!
I’m a total Harry Potter nerd and can’t stop making the scarves. Why? Because when my owl arrives I want to be good and ready and have loads to spare so I can give them to my new friends (they will be my friends!!) and honestly Hogwarts looks a little drafty (not that I’m complaining at all. I love drafts. Really!!).
I gave the quick run down of the Harry Potter scarf construction in this post here, but finally had enough inventory set aside to get around to working up a ‘later years’ Potter scarf. Follow the same instructions as seen in the previous post, but knit only 2 rows for the alternating yellow and red stripes (pictured is 3, I dislike. The double row on the needles now looks a ton better). This piece worked up even faster than I thought, and I had a very enthusiastic model to help with the photograph. Huzzah!
Of course, should you want to pay me to make it for you instead of doing it yourself (and I’m totally ok with that…) you can find it listed in my Etsy shop.
I am the founding member of the Anchorage Stitch N Bitch – The Late Bloomer’s Society, and it’s pretty awesome. We get together at various locations around town (though usually my own storefront, because then I will surely make the gathering), and work on current projects, sip vino, eat snacks, and usually talk a little smack. It’s pretty therapeutic and awesome to hang around such crafty, sassy company. I seem to be production knitting these days (but awaiting my chance to make another baby blanket for someone special), and I’ve been cranking out striped scarves. It started with Harry Potter and went from there.
I have had this little blanket I call Lovey since my baby shower. Well technically, since I was just a freeloader at my shower, it was given to my mother, and then to me. I still have her (yes, her) and it may or may not still be in the vicinity of the bed. I carried this thing everywhere for years and once it was even left in a hotel room (for shame!) and my mother made sure they didn’t throw it away, and even had it shipped UPS back to me. So of course, when I found out my pal Jeni was expecting another little one I had to make a duplicate Lovey for the new bebe.
I’ve known Jeni forever. We joke that we pooped our first diapers together, and it’s not really that far from the truth. Her grandmother babysat us both from the time I was less than a year old, until middle school, and we have stayed in touch all the way through. I was even the maid of honor at her wedding (the speech was amazing – I didn’t even swear). So she is very familiar with Lovey as I definitely dragged it around with me whenever we would play as kids. As you can see, her son Robert’s version (on the right) is in much better shape than mine (on the left). It’s the same yarn, same pattern…but a little less mileage, for now. Nothing like such a long history to get me off my duff to give a go at my first baby blanket. And to tell you the truth, it was a great project to keep me busy after the fire (I actually thanked her for having another child just to save my sanity. A little funny?)
I just finished another fun version for a set of friends that are expecting, and am excited to hand it off before they move far, far away. This version was a bit smaller and easier to work than the first attempt and is a lovely emerald green (this way when wasabi lands on it, it will blend in?) It’s a fantastically easy pattern that yields smart results.
Cast on a multiple of 18 stitches + whatever you want for a border, but at least 1 stitch on either end. Assuming 1 stitch at each end, work the following 4 rows until you reach desired length:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, * k2 tog 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, k2 tog 3 times * repeat from * to * until last stitch, k1