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April 28, 2010

Dream Catcher Baby Blanket – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am excited that the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket free pattern is now available. It is yummy! Here is some information you might like to know about the blanket:

 

Finished Measurements: 29 inches by 32 ½ inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 2 skeins each in Pollen #7508, Grass #7502, Splash #7510, Firefly #7505 and Watermelon #7512

Needles: US size 7 needles or the size needed to obtain the gauge (I used a 24-inch circular to work back and forth for the squares and edging.)

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch

 

The Dream Catcher looks great on the back of my couch, across the laps of my kids, on the back of a comfy chair….

… and if I had a baby to wrap up, that would be the cutest use of all. The Sweater yarn is washable so there are no worries about the care of this project. This makes it perfect to give as a gift, too.

Here is the  frontside or the right side of the blanket.

Here is the backside or wrong side of the blanket. I think the wrong side looks just as good as the right side. I love all of those seam ridges. I always weave in my ends as I go so when I am done the back looks as good as the front. It’s all neat and tidy and best of all, it’s finished when I finish!

Have fun and keep me posted if you make your own Dream Catcher.

Click here for three video tutorials on seaming the squares for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

Click here for a fun fast-speed 3 minute video set to music of me stitching all of the squares together over several days!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

April 25, 2010

Stitching a Dream

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

My son helped set up a video shoot of me stitching the Dream Catcher blanket together at my kitchen table. It is shot over several days but is put in fast motion to only last a few short minutes. The video is pretty funny to watch and my only wish is that my hands could actually move that fast. That would be the best thing ever. Enjoy!

I’ll be back in a couple of days with the complete free pattern for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket. I’m waiting for the sun to appear around my neck of the woods so I can get some sunny photos of the completed project. It has been one rainy weekend.

I’ll also be back this week with some Spud & Chloë color news for our yarn line. You are going to love the new colors coming out in June! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new colorways. The new color names are just as good as the current names if that’s even possible.

I also spotted Spud & Chloë Outer in the new issue of Knitscene Easy, a special edition for 2010 from Interweave Press. The project is by Tanis Gray and is called, Seed Stitch Wristers. Click here for a photo of the Outer Wristers. You will love this project. This is a great issue of Knitscene geared toward quick and simple projects. We all need those now and again.

Have a great start to your week everyone! Until we meet again…

April 23, 2010

Dreamy

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have just finished a marathon session with my Dream Catcher Baby Blanket! It is done! It is beautiful and squishy and warm and sunny. I am so proud of this project. I have heard from loads of knitters who are busy making Spud & Chloë Sweater squares for their own Dream Catcher Baby Blankets. I love that and I love the stories you have shared about your blanket dreams. I have heard from two separate knitters making the Dream Catcher Blanket for their elderly parents as lap blankets. It is the perfect size for a lap blanket. That is about the sweetest thing I have ever heard. I have also heard from a couple of groups making the project together for new babies. With the machine washable yarn it will be fantastic for a baby blanket.

I will be back soon with the finished pattern, all pulled together for you and including the border. After much deliberation, I decided on a simple garter stitch border. I did this mainly because there is already so much going on with the squares and the different colors and textures. I felt that adding more colors or more complicated texture to the edging would end up competing and then detracting from the simple beauty and contrast of the squares. It turned out lovely.

I will run you step by step on how to complete the edging so no worries! I am going to have a hard time giving this blanket over as a sample. It would be fantastic to keep in my house. Maybe someday I’ll make a throw size version for my big babies to snuggle up in.

I’ll be back soon with photos and the free downloadable pattern for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

April 20, 2010

Seamed

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am so excited to have finished seaming all of the squares for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket today! I love it.

I’ll be back soon with a border. I am not sure what I am doing for the border yet but I’ll keep you posted.

April 19, 2010

Dream Catcher Blanket Tutorials

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have 3 video tutorials to help you with the seaming of your blanket squares. I share a few tips along the way and here are some of them written out:

1. For this blanket place all of the squares in the same direction, with the cast on edge at the bottom and bind off edge at the top.

2. Use the ends from the cast on and bind off edges placed on a yarn needle to stitch up the squares whenever possible. If there isn’t an end available where you need it for a certain seam use a cut length of the desired color to stitch the seam.

3. Weave in the ends as you go along. Don’t leave all of the ends until the end. You can easily weave the ends in to the seams on the back of the blanket. It is such a treat to have a clean patchwork blanket when you are done with that last seam.

I usually start of the bottom of the blanket and work my way up to the top of the blanket but you can work any direction you’d like.

I work in little time spurts. I will do several seams and then I get up and do something else and then I come back and complete several more. Eventually you end up with a beautiful patchwork blanket. It feels like magic. It is also very motivating when you see several rows stitched together and you realize how gorgeous the blanket is going to be in the end.

Above you can see how I arranged my squares.

Have fun! After I am finished with the seaming I will be back to put a border on the edges that will give the blanket a clean and finished look.