Posts Tagged baby afghan

For Better or For Worsted

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSTED

A change of circumstance has kept me from my blogging routine.  For the past eight months, I’ve been homeschooling my DD and while this has been very rewarding, it has presented some challenges of its own—that of time management.

The days of knitting for hours on end have been understandably replaced with segmented sessions which somewhat slowed down the creative process.  In spite of this, I have completed a few projects, made of worsted weight yarn, for baby shower gifts about which I’m happy to blog.  You can click on the links for instructions.

The first of these are baby afghans knitted from my own design, the Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan.  The pattern features repeating garter-stitched chevrons in 5 yarn colors.

2013 Boy MRB Afghan

 

2013 Girl MRB Afghan

Baby sacks or buntings with a cable design are very useful in cool weather, especially if they’re worked in worsted weight.

2013 Boy Bunting

 

2013 Girl Bunting

Baby gifts cannot be complete without soft, stuffed animal toys.  Seen below are Cordell the Owl (a Ravelry.com pattern which I modified by adding a few more rows to the body) made from a boucle yarn and a Sock Giraffe (mine was knitted without the horns, with mane added), followed by a Tubby Teddy Sock Critter from Lion Brand (I used variegated yarn for the body).  The eyes for all the toys were cut from felt squares using a hot-glue gun.

2013 Zebra and Owl

 

2013 Girl Sock Bear

I thought that after gifting all these baby projects, it’s only fitting that I widen out my work by designing baby patterns using worsted weight yarn for quick knitting.  I will be posting more work-in-progress (WIPs) photos in the future.

 

 

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2012 in Blogging

Before the New Year comes in where I’m at, I’d like to share WordPress’ annual report about my blogging.  Many thanks to my readers for viewing my blog 26,000 times in 2012 which, if each were a film, there would be enough to “power 6 Film Festivals.”  These originated from the United States with Canada and the United Kingdom not far behind.  Below were the top five posts that got the most views:

1.  Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan and a Free Pattern

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2.  Special Olympics Scarf and a Free Pattern

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3.  Cool Weather Knitting: Watch Cap (free pattern)

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Thick and Quick Hat with Folded Brim

 

4.  Knitting Goes High Tech with Nike Flyknit

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5.  Paris Beret and a Free* Pattern Offer

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Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan Pattern

My friends, Mandy and John, are expecting their first child– a baby girl to be named Madalyn Rae who was scheduled to arrive on Feb. 17, 2012.  Her appearance, while still forthcoming, gives me the perfect opportunity to knit this five-color baby afghan for her.  Its vintage chevron design is all the rave and pleasing enough for new parents and new parents-to-be with discriminating taste.  Notes for a baby boy’s afghan are included.

 

Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan* (Click on link for PDF Copy of patte

*Sorry, pattern is no longer available at this site.  You may purchase this pattern at Craftsy.com for $1.99 USD.

DIFFICULTY  Beginner to Advanced

YARN  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Forest (A): 298 yds, Butterscotch (B): 54 yds, Lavender (C): 221 yds, Pumpkin (D): 114 yds, Soft Rose (E): 298 yds, or any worsted weight yarn.

GAUGE  18.5 sts and 17 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on US 10.

NEEDLES  US 10 (6mm)- 29-inch (74cm) or longer  Circular Needle; Or any size to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS  Row counter (optional),  tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE  Approximately 33” x 45” (84 cm x 114 cm).

PATTERN NOTES:
For a baby boy’s afghan, replace colors C with Chocolate and E with Aqua.  Blanket may be shortened or lengthened by changing the sequence repeats.

 

blco or Backward Loop Cast On

 

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