I'm excited about project #2. So excited that it jumped two other finished projects because I just had to share my how-to video.
This blanket was made from bits of scrap yarn in my stash (remember, I am working to use up old stuff first for MAKE&GIVE30). It was my first time trying to knit seed stitch which is alternating rows of knit 1, purl 1. It turned out small, but just perfect for a baby blanket. And that's what it's going to be. I'm sending it off to one of my best friends, Bill (given name Melanie), who will be welcoming a baby boy in May.
Things that you need to know about this blanket -
It's made from different types of yarn, and a few different weights. To make it work, I doubled the strands in a few places so I was working with similar sizes of yarn. Like everything I do, it's imperfect, but I think it turned out great considering this was just assorted bits.
I learned this is called a "log-cabin blanket" because I started in the center and then worked out in "logs" - rectangles of different colors - from there.
I used size 10 circular needles so I could hold a lot of stitches at once.
I filmed a 10 minute how-to video that talks more about the yarn I used, how I got all the seams on the backside, how I picked up stitches to join the blocks together and how I found an easier way to alternate knit and purl stitches. It's a classic Elise video, complete with the leg of the stool I was resting my iPhone on in the frame. But I think it will be helpful anyway, totally worth a watch if you'd like to make your own.
The finished size is 28x28 inches - so it's SMALL. But awesome for a tiny newborn to lay on. And Melanie! You should send it back to me when Baby Boy is six months old. By then I'll have more scrap yarn to add on! (I'm not joking.)