Status: Blankie

Status: Unfinished

blankie806 2015-06-23

Katie: Still pregnant.

Number of stitches on the needle: 806.

Skeins of yarn used so far: 5

Number of rounds to knit before I start the edging: 10

Number of stitches being added every second round: 8

Attitude of knitter: Excellent.


74 thoughts on “Status: Blankie

  1. What an awesome feat of knitting wonder! Lucky baby, lucky mom.

    Although I bet Katie is hoping you finish soon so the
    new wee one can be wrapped in such finery (and she can stop being pregnant in the heat of summer-I have a June baby too).

  2. That is a beautiful blanket! I can’t wait to see it finished as I’m sure it’s going to knock my socks off! I think I need to find a class in blanket planning – and probably a book or two with different types of stitch patterns. This is something you’ve inspired me to learn.

  3. So if you’ve already used 5 skeins, then the rest of the yarn must have come and matched what you had. OK, no yarn crisis, except you didn’t say how much more you have. The blanket looks beautiful, and in order not to disturb the excellent attitude, I will not do the math to calculate how many stitches there ae left. Trusting it will all work out.

  4. It looks lovely! Keep plugging away, may Netflix gift with you with a good series to binge watch as you knit and rest your sore hoof, er foot.

    • And my question: what length circular needle even holds that many stitches? Or did you McGyver something special? Just wondering…

      • Oh! These are great questions. Also, how many skeins does that leave? Good thing is it doesn’t matter this time, because you ordered more after the color issue, right?

      • It doesn’t actually take that large a needle. It’s a fine yarn, and you can really squish together stitches on a needle, especially a circular one.

  5. Ah, baby blanket knitting…I’ve still not knit Stormageddon’s blanket and he’s almost 10 months old. I’ll get there….I hope. Maybe before he graduates from high school 🙂

    • I second this!!! I know many of us would love to purchase these instructions – both for this blanket and the previous lacy one.

  6. You have 5 more skeins, right? This could be the first blanket in this history of The Blog that you don’t run out of yarn. (I don’t think there’s been another, has there?)

  7. My son’s due date, 22 years ago, was July 9, he came on June 26…. He didn’t need a blanket until late August…. In live in northern New England, you live in Canada… Baby can come anytime, and the blanket can too. that you can ride, but walking hurts…. Ironic. good luck with the riding…

  8. I love how much that baby is going to be wrapped up in visible and tactile love. Best wishes for a simple and easy delivery for Katie and the baby and for you on the knitting.

  9. I was secretly hoping the baby might be a tad late — just so you’ll have time to knit some beautiful baby clothes like you did for Jen’s baby. Those clothes were so inspiring!

  10. i love the brevity of your update because it shows you are making progress and using your time wisely to knit rather than blog. Don’t get me wrong. I love your posts but deadlines like baby arrivals are out of our hands and need to be taken seriously.

  11. Heirlooms are not created overnight.
    It’s not the knitting that takes so long, it’s the packing of hopes-n-dreams-n-big-hugs-n-kisses-n-love-you-forever-n-ever into every.single.stitch.
    This blanket is worth the wait.

  12. Babied and blankets are unpredictable. Your attitude is fantastic. I am sure the wee little will love the blanket and his Mum will love all the thought, love and generosity that went into it.
    No pressure but you might want to knit Luis a little thing on the side so he doesn’t feel left out.

  13. I have been knitting a black polo-neck sweater for just about the same length of time that you’ve been knitting this blanket and whilst the items and colours couldn’t be more opposite, I’m finding that my experience of the process matches yours almost completely! Thankfully, the date of a graduation is much more predictable than that of a birth, so at least that part is concrete for me. Good luck!

  14. I can’t even begin to contemplate that number of stitches on one circular needle. I bow to the skills of the Harlot.

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  16. You’ve made great progress. The finish line is drawing near. Knit, knit, knit!!
    It’s just beautiful.
    Hope the foot is going well.

  17. That the status of the knitter is excellent in the face of so much white means that the blanket will soon be done. And that is excellent indeed!


  18. PS. I would love a post from the Yarn Harlot on how to construct from scratch this type of a blanket. It would solve a mystery for me that I have not been able to figure out myself. All the math, stitch counting and how to do what when has never worked out for me. I gave up trying some years ago.
    Some help from the mistress of blanket construction would be of great help to me and others as well.


  19. Utterly beautiful blanket! And it looks like the sort of thing that can be “finished” at different sizes. [Princess Charlotte’s blanket–not as pretty–looks to be a size that you could match easily enough, and without the danger of running out of yarn.]

    • Did any other knitters notice that the little bonnet she was wearing did not match the blanket?! and with her brother, there was a tag showing in the first photos… it made me feel a bit sad that there wasn’t a hand knit blanket for him, not that I am much of a monarchist.

      • Totally true. But, seriously, who has the courage to spend the time/effort/love on knitting a blanket for a princess knowing the princess may never see it? (Unless the queen knits and can guarantee its use!)

        • Seems to me that when George (or was it WIlliam?) was born, some country knitted him an amazing blanket. Australia? New Zealand? I know I saw the pattern…it was crazy complicated.

  20. I love this blanket!

    I have a question about yarns in general and your preference. Perhaps I am too new to your blog to know this if you have already spoken about this, but here goes: In general, are you for, against or neutral on yarns that acrylic in them?

    I know that the project will dictate how the fabric should feel and obviously a felted creation needs wool, but in your opinion, are blends that do contain acrylic ever ok?

    I try to match the care involved to the recipient of a knitted item and for small children, if the item is to be loved a lot (a toy) or a sweater that will hopefully be worn often, the more carefree (machine wash and dry), the better for most parents I know.

    Thanks for any opinions you may be willing to share.

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