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FREEBIE Jumbo Cable Blanket

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Jumbo Cable Blanket

I finished this blanket a few months ago, it was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out well. I was curious about working with super-jumbo yarns, but store samples get banged up pretty quickly, so choosing a yarn that wears well was really important. I decided to try a yarn that’s been very popular for Arm Knitted blankets, Premier Couture Jazz. I’ll be honest, it isn’t a sexy luxurious yarn, but knitting transformed it, it looks like a wool roving worked up. Added bonus, it’s been kicking around the store now for three months and IT STILL LOOKS GREAT!  I used a dark blue, ’cause ya know, things get banged up around here, but I think it would look glorious in a more interesting colour (I’ve been eyeballing the mint).

I used super jumbo 25mm needles, but I felt like the tension was a bit tight and I think that you can push the needles up to 35mm. Yup, BIG NEEDLES. The project took 3 days to complete and that included lots of work in between.

For more project suggestions for this yarn, read our first blog post HERE.

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RESTOCKED Cascade Afghan Kits

We just received our back-order of the Original colourway of the Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit, if you’ve had your eye on one of these to kick off your summer knitting now is the time to pick it up! It’s not too late to join the knit-a-long, and your kit comes with a copy of the lapghan patterns that have already been published.

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along started in March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino Aran, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern was released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.  See the published Lapghan squares HERE.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

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Cascade Knitterati Kits Arrive!

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

The kits have ARRIVED! Well, mostly – the alternate colourway kits made it, but some of the Original colourway kits were back-ordered, and the greys in the Orignal Colourway kits are back-ordered a few weeks, but you won’t need them for a bit and we will get them to you when they arrive.

Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along starts March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern will be released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

First Square Released March 9th

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Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit

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Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along starts March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.

We’ve assembled a kit to make getting all the yarn you need for the Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along simple!

The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern will be released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018.

NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.

FIRST SQUARE WILL BE RELEASED MARCH 9TH!

 

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FREEBIES & NEW Premier Couture Jazz

Premier Couture Jazz

Premier Couture Jazz is the favourite yarn of arm knitters, and we agree that it’s the best material for super-duper bulky blankets whether you’re making on needles or with your limbs. It’s a soft and fluffy knitted tube of fine, brushed acrylic, which means that it can be washed and it will look great in your home for a long time. (We want you to love your projects, and the wool roving that is used in arm knitting videos popular on social media is unfortunately by its nature very delicate and will start to pill and look mungy even before you finish your blanket. We love the way roving looks in pictures, but it regrettably doesn’t have much longevity after the photo shoot.)

  • 81% Acrylic, 19% Nylon .
  • 100 g – 16.5 yds/15m
  • #7 Super Bulky Weight.
  • Hand wash. Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry.
  • Made in Turkey

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A Tale of 1.25 Blankets – Stash-Busting Sock (Part 5)

 

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Left: the first version of the blanket. Right: the second incarnation.

 

For all the posts in this series, you can go HERE!

This post isn’t really a Hack post, it’s more about sharing insights – OK, it’s really just a project update. I’m not usually into sharing the ins and outs and ups and downs of making things, but this particular project involves my ‘creative process’, and I know that some people find it a slightly mysterious state that they’d like some insight into, and I’m happy to share.

I think when we last left off ,I was rolling along and had figured out how many rows I needed to work each day to get the blanket done by the end of the summer. I also had an idea about my colour distribution, and basically, I thought I was off to the races. Hahahahahaha! The best laid plans … after working about twelve inches I found, despite all my planning, I didn’t like my blanket.

1. Too Wide

I had overestimated the size I really wanted, it was working up to be about a queen size, and I just wanted a throw. Also, the rows were taking FOREVER! Part of the problem might have been the fabric’s natural stretchiness once was worked up on a larger scale (the stitch is very stretchy in the fingering weight merino wool), but I think I just chose the wrong finished size.

So I started again, from scratch. This time I chained 242 stitches to make a blanket narrower, it is working up to about 51″ wide.  To get an accurate dimension you need to measure it on a flat, hard surface, like a table or the floor. You won’t get an accurate measurement on a bed or sofa. I guess I did have a HACK for you, after all!

2. Hated the Colour

Everyone else liked it, and the colours looked gorgeous together, but I didn’t dig it. My rainbow system (above left) was VERY rainbowy, and the prospect of that much rainbow in a blanket was a bit too rainbow-brite for me. The prospect of a queen sized rainbow blanket was too much for my delicate aesthetic sensibilities. It was also kind of boring for me to work, it was very predictable, andthe harmony and redundancy weren’t working for me.

My new ‘system’ is simpler but subjective. I’m alternating warm (red, orange, yellow) and cool (green, blue, purple) colours. I’m also alternating light and dark colours, bright and muted colours – basically trying to create a contrast between colours. I like to create a tension between colours. Do you remember the Kandinsky painting at the start of the movie Six Degrees of Separation? It was a double sided painting; one side was an expressive, chaotic style, and the other more controlled. Well, I’ve always appreciated a graphic, controlled design aesthetic, but my soul as an artist is in the chaos camp.

People often ask me if I like their colour choice, and I always answer “What I like doesn’t matter.” This isn’t just a tactful way to respond to a colour combination that turns my stomach, it’s the truth, my preference is completely irrelevant. I don’t have to work with your colours, and I don’t have to live with them. My job isn’t to tell you what I like, my job is to help you find what YOU enjoy, what looks good on you, and which colours are complimentary and work well with your project. That said, if you like what I like, I’m more than happy to share!

Oh, BTW, I don’t weave in the ends until the end, because as you can see, it ain’t done until it’s DONE, and trying to rip back work when you’ve woven in the ends is a special kind of hell. Another Mini-Hack!

Conclusion

So I’m back on track …. sort of. My ‘schedule’ was totally shot to hell, but I’m really enjoying the project now, so I’m happy. As for the creative process, it’s kind of a misnomer. It’s really more of a progression, an evolution with fits and starts, giant strides and dead ends. Setbacks aren’t failures, just diversions, and sometimes they can be extremely fruitful and get you where you need to go.

 

 

Granny Stripe Blanket Aug 3 COMBO

FREEBIE Moorland Inspiration

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Today I’m feeling inspired by Attic24’s Moorland Blanket … pictured above is Cascade Ultra Pima (on SALE until the end of July) in the following colours:

  • Upper Row, left to right: 3716, 3809, 3766, 3762, 37613746, 3734, 3774
  • Lower Row, left to right: 3733, 3732, 3725, 3726, 3772, 3777, 3708, 3709

I should warn you, the colours aren’t exact pairings with the original pattern, I’m not canonical about these things (and I like the blues more than the greens, they’re better at binding together the palette). That said, you could use this palette to make any of Attic24’s Blanket patterns, they’d all look great, I think the Hydrangea Stripe would look amazing. 16 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima is enough to make a large throw blanket (I’d normally use about 10 to make a lap blanket).