A wonderful friend of mine told me months ago that she was happily expecting her first grandchild in April. At the time I thought, “YES! Exciting! What should I make her?” and, “April – oh, I have plenty of time.”
Well, all of a sudden it was April and I still hadn’t picked a pattern or yarn. I needed a gift, quick, but I didn’t want to skimp on the pattern. I decided on a blanket so that it wouldn’t have to fit a certain size baby and I wanted a little bit of a pattern but nothing to fancy. Enter the Pinkie Blankie! This is one of Celeste’s favorites. (Yes, I know it’s May and this blanket isn’t done. It’ll be done soon!)
Pattern: Pinkie Blankie, by Juli Ridl, available as a free Ravelry Download.
Yarn called for in the pattern: Super Bulky, 2 sts = 1″
Yarn I’m using: Worsted, 5 sts = 1″, Berroco Comfort, 4 balls of “Seedling” col. 9740
The Pinkie Blanket is a repeat of a simple leaf motif with a garter stitch border. It is the best kind of lace – just a few rows of decreases and yarn overs, with purl-back rows in between. EASY! It’s also the kind of pattern that you can alter pretty easily. Celeste has made this blanket in the bulky weight, but I wanted to use a certain color of Comfort that I only had in worsted. Knowing the leaf pattern repeat is a multiple of 12, I added a few pattern repeats and CO 120 stitches, so that the blanket wouldn’t be too small.
I’m not an especially precise person with some things. Baking – yes. Cooking – no. Gauge swatches – maybe. To change a pattern like this for a different gauge you *could* knit a gauge swatch in pattern and do your knitting math. But I just decided to wing it. I took a guess that just a few more repeats of the leaf would be fine, whatever size it ended up. I also guessed that 4 balls would be enough – though I might use less than that – based on other worsted weight blankets we have hanging around the shop. So I took 4 balls of Comfort and put the 4th ball in a safe place in case I want to return it.
I’m just about done with the 3rd ball and I will be needing that 4th, though I might not knit through the whole thing (a matching hat, perhaps?). In a near-future post I’ll give you finished stats on the size and yarn, along with a quick tutorial!