I was able to finish this blanket for Little Warrior before he was born.
Started – December 17, 2018
Completed – May 14
Duration – 21 weeks
I put this aside while I worked on a cross-stitch project exclusively for a couple of months.
Soft Sailing Baby Blanket by Debra Stenmark
I have mixed feelings about this pattern. The overall product is great. I like the various motifs, cable, and lace sections and how they all play together. Once I got things set up and going, it worked up well enough. It’s not a simple pattern. The motifs and cable and lace sections all have a different number of row repeats. So each needs to be tracked and counted separately, which can be confusing. I used an app that allows multiple row counters to be linked to one global counter. Each section counter can be given a row to reset at, which made tracking row numbers much easier. But the pattern probably would overwhelm a very beginning knitter, even though the actual stitching is straightforward.
The pattern is not very clearly written. Or rather, it could have been better. I did figure it out, obviously, but it was not without frustration. Also, the yarn amount given on the pattern is severely less than is truly required. I absolutely can’t see how the designer achieved the size blanket indicated with the yarn amount stated! I saw some warnings in various Ravelry project pages, and did have more than the stated amount of yarn, but still did not have enough to make the full blanket. I had to stop short of the last sailboat motif, which made the blanket about 6″ shorter than it should have been.
YarnArt BIANCA Lanalux
Colorway – blue
3.61 skeins = 947.6 yds used
This yarn was given to me by a friend. It’s okay. While knitting, it had a feel very similar to acrylic. It was quite fuzzy and squeaky on the needles, but did have the familiar elasticity and give of wool. It improved a lot with washing, however. The yarn bloomed just a little and softened. The blanket has a nice weight and drape to it. So I’m content overall, but I don’t think I would choose this yarn in the future.
No pretty pictures with the good camera this time. LW was born just 3 days after I got this washed and blocked, so poorly lit phone pictures must suffice!