My sister had her baby (of whom there is a photo at the bottom) in the early hours of November and remarked over the coming days that the poor little soul, coming after a brother and a huge baby clear out) had no pink of her own. So I said I would give her one, which turned quite quickly into knitting her one. This was good, as I wasn’t quite in at the point of being ready to knit for Marmite at that point, so it was a welcome distraction. And knitting in pink was fun, since I’ve not had reason to do that ever.
The wool was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, which I hadn’t used before. It’s lovely – and this eBay seller is excellent and I recommend her – and the only grumble I have is that the particular batch of Ecru was a little more dull than I wished it had been in retrospect.op up ball from a different batch from elsewhere and it was much brighter but that was no ones fault, just one of those things and it looked okay knitted up, just not as fresh as I would have liked.
The wool calls for smaller needles, but I actually knitted it on 5mm acrylic Knitpro needles (another excellent shop). As a wool weight-needle size combo it took a bit of getting used to and was a little unwieldy at first, mainly because I tend to knit with cotton on 4mm I think, but knitted up it made a really light, fluffy and soft but not holey blanket.
The stitch is Double Seed Stitch and there are 17 stripes of 10 rows of 120 stitiches and the first two stripes in purple on each end are 12 rows, to give it a bit of balance and weight. Then I crocheted around the edge, using English double crochet in ecru once and pink once. I’m really pleased with it.
My sister sent me a picture of Nina snuggled up in it. She looks very warm and cosy – and rather like this picture of Freddie I think. And I’m glad she does. It’s a bit special.
Included in the Finished it Friday round up at Freckles Family.