I know. I’ve been gone for almost two months. I guess I was enjoying summer vacation a little too much LOL! I’ve got about a dozen projects made during that time and none of them blogged!!! So, first one from the summer: Everett’s blanket.

He kept pestering me to make one and I didn’t want to (I know he’ll out-grow it soon enough). But who can say no to this face?

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First, we went shopping. Everett picked out a few colors from Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice line – I figured if he chooses, he’s much more likely to actually USE the blanket. I think he was drawn to them because they’re very “boy.” I like that they’re really rich colors, combined with serious wash-ability at a reasonable cost. I used 8 skeins total (The original pattern uses 7, but he wanted the blanket to be taller than he is). Each stripe used virtually a whole skein. I generally ended the stripes with only 6-7 yards remaining. Because I was able to use my Joann 50% coupons for this yarn, I paid only $16. YAY! You’ve gotta make good use of all those e-mails they send you!

The original pattern for this blanket is from The Purl Bee. They always have the cutest modern blankets! But because I used a yarn with more body and structure than they did, I used 10mm needles instead of 8mm needles. The larger needles and extra stripe increased my blanket size to 31”x 45” (the original pattern is 26”x33”). If you’d like to use a Lion Brand yarn with the smaller 8mm needles, I’d recommend their Heartland line. It’s also worsted weight, but nice and delicate so it won’t stiffen up on you. If you’re making this for a spring/summer baby, and you want to use cotton, I’d recommend I Love This Cotton… great colors, great texture for this project and not too pricey.

http://www.purlbee.com/2011/09/15/whits-knits-chevron-baby-blanket/

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The great thing about this pattern is that there are only 2 rows to memorize and it yields a beautiful design! Also, big needles = FAST.

blanketyarnIf you’re wondering what colors these are…

  1. Kelly Green
  2. Fern
  3. Sapphire
  4. Dusty Blue
  5. Charcoal Grey
  6. Silver Grey
  7. Rust
  8. Mustard

I’m definitely thinking I’ll make another of these one day… but baby size. It’s just a fun project and it’d make a fabulous baby shower gift! If you try it, I’d love to see pictures!