Chevron Baby Blanket
We just finished a Chevron Baby Blanket made with Cascade Avalon and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried to choose colours that were fairly neutral without being heavy on the yellows and greens. If you’re looking for colour inspiration check out all of the finished projects on Ravelry, there’s always lots to look at in there.
The Cascade Avalon feels great as a baby blanket, it’s soft, wool-free, totally vegan, and feels soft and cosy (kind of like the outside of your favourite sweatshirt) knitted up. It’s also totally washable: machine-wash cool, tumble dry low. This is very important to me because I like projects to have some longevity, I put time and energy into them and I want them to be used for a long time and wear well (within reason, a well-loved baby blanket will hopefully see some wear). Let’s face it, babies are messy creatures, parents are short on sleep, and hand-wash knits INEVITABLY end up in the machine. Cascade Avalon is also a good price, at $8.97 per skein, the project comes in under $45 (not including needles or taxes). You’ll also have enough yarn left over to make a baby hat or two (you can find the yardage we used in our Project Notes).
- Cascade Avalon: 1 skein in each of 5 colours (we used 01 white, 02 silver, 16 blue radiance , 17 enamel blue, 25 georgia peach)
- 5mm/US8 needles (or larger if you are a tight knitter)
- tapestry needle
- FREE Pattern
- Our Project Notes
Liv is a gorgeous cardie, but this project was more about the yarn. We’ve carried Cascade Avalon for a few years, and I’ve always felt that it was a bit underappreciated, mostly because it’s so unpretentious. But when the new shades for this season arrived I kind of fell in love with colour 34 Fawn. When I ordered it I thought it was a safe, neutral taupe, but when it arrived it turned out to be a very subtle mauve. I knew it would be beautiful worked up, and I also knew it would go unappreciated unless it was knit up – so we knit it up!
So I was right, the colour is wonderful, I love it! the texture is also great, it’s soft and plush; cosy, casual, and kind of sweat-shirty. The pattern isn’t overly involved, except for some short-row shaping for the front. It’s presently on the mannequin in the front window so everyone can see it, but I love wearing it around the store. Avalon comes in other pretty neutral colours including:
- Cascade Avalon: 6(6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10) skeins (colour #43 Fawn)
- 4mm/US6 — 32″ circular needles
- 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
- 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ circular needles
- 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles
- 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
- 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
- stitch markers
- stitch holder or waste yarn
- tapestry needle
- contrasting colour waste yarn
Yellow Brick Cold
A client walked in today wearing this cowl and it looked SO GOOD, I had to share! Hers was very similar to the original in the picture, it was a similar solid coloured yellow, but I think it was knitted on smaller needles. She also had a couple of big round buttons are the join – it was a nice little decorative accent. The pattern was written with simple, affordable Berroco Vintage, but you can make it with any kind of worsted weight yarn (see options below). One caveat: you might want to use different size needles for the different stitches, the garter stitch might require a smaller needle than the basket weave stitch – play around and see what you like.
- FREE Pattern
- 8mm/US 11 needles (or smaller, check your tension)
- tapestry/darning needle