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July 31, 2011

Outer Block Blanket ~ Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I finished the Outer Block Blanket and now the free pattern is available for you right here on Spud says! You may think that a blanket isn’t a good hot weather project but actually it is. The blocks are 10 inch squares which makes them small and portable. The stitch patterns I chose are simple but interesting and they all add great textural interest.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished measurements: 32-inches by 32-inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton; 100 grams/60 yards), 1 hank each in Giggle #7215, Wave #7217, Sandbox #7212, Cedar #7209, Cornsilk #7208, Sequoia #7205, Carbon #7203, and Flannel #7201, and 2 hanks in Hedge #7201

Needles: US size 15, 24-inch circular and a spare needle in a similar size

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Yarn needle

Scissors

Ruler or tape measure

Scrap yarn

Crochet hook (used for provisional cast-on only) in US size P

 

I used a provisional cast-on that is done with a crochet chain. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used a 3-needle bind off to join the blocks into columns. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used the mattress stitch to join the columns of blocks vertically. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used the Russian bind-off on the border edges. Click here for a video tutorial!

I am pleased that just about every aspect of this blanket has a corresponding video tutorial available. This should be really helpful if you have any questions along the way.

I hope you enjoy this fantastically fun knit! Any baby would love to snuggle up in this squishy machine washable blanket. The Outer Block Blanket would also make the best lap blanket around for adults or older kids or teens. It feels like  heaven when it’s on your lap. Trust me.

I hope you dive in and whip up this delicious treat of a blanket. The colors are perfect for the upcoming fall season or for any time of year in my book.

Enjoy!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Outer Block Blanket!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Outer Block Blanket!

July 27, 2011

Border Time

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I happily sit and knit the border on the yummy Outer baby blanket I am whipping up. As I was sitting in my living room knitting I stopped for a minute to look at the beautiful pile of Outer in my lap. I happened to have my camera right next me so I took a photo for you of my view. Lovely, isn’t it?

This blanket is really taking shape nicely if I do say so myself. When I make a blanket that needs a border there is always a lot to take into consideration. I thought about a crochet border, a border in one shot with mitered corners, an attached I-cord border and some different color options for the border.

I wound up deciding to use the colorway called Hedge for the border. Here is what I am doing, I simply start on one side with the live stitches, complete a garter stitch border with 3 rows, do a Russian bind off (see the link below), turn and continue on to the next side where I pick up stitches. I am repeating this until each side is complete. It is done without cutting the yarn which is always good.  Also, it gives a clean but substantial border for the blanket.

I love to try new things with each project I do. For this project I tried several new stitch patterns, a crochet provisional cast on and the Russian bind off.

Click here to see my new video tutorial for the provisional cast on I used for this project! If you receive the email version of this post, I realize that for some reason the video tutorials don’t come through with the email. That is why I am providing the link again here.

For the Russian bind off I checked out this video tutorial:

Click here to Paula of The Knitting Pipeline’s video tutorial for the Russian bind off (I only do the bind off knitwise for this blanket.)

One last important thing, I am teaching a Spud & Chloë class on Sept. 16th, 2011 at The Creative Collection in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am very excited about this as it is going to be a fantastic event. September 16th is Vogue Knitting Day at the event and there are all sorts of wonderful classes and teachers with the focus on knitting. It is a knitting star-studded event (that’s kind of funny).

I am offering two separate Toy Knitting Workshops. I will post about this again with more detail soon. For now though here is the link to sign up before the classes fill:

Click here to check to find out the details and to register for my class!

I’ll be back soon with more blanket news…

July 25, 2011

Provisional Cast On Tutorial

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,
I want to get this tutorial on the provisional cast on up for you before I post the pattern for the Outer blanket. That way you can start right away even if you don’t know how to do the provisional cast on. It is a technique that is used quite a bit so it is a good one to have in your back pocket.

Now, off to work on finishing up the blanket! I can’t wait to have it all together.

I’ll be back soon with more…

July 22, 2011

Last Square

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am on the last square for my new stitch pattern Outer baby blanket. It is the squishiest, yummiest blanket I have made. I can’t wait to get the squares together and put the border on.

I’ll be back next week with the finished blanket and a video tutorial on the provisional cast on I used. You are going to love this technique. With the live stitches at the ends of each square, putting it all together becomes a whole new game with different options. The same goes for picking up to apply the border. It will be easy-peasy.

If you want a quick and stunning lap or baby blanket this one may be your ticket!

Have a beautiful weekend, Knitters.

July 19, 2011

Come knit Chloë with me!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

The time has come to start our Chloë knitalong. I promised I would open a thread on our Ravelry group, Friends of Spud & Chloë, in mid-July. That day is here. I will be on the thread answering questions and just sharing in general. Feel free to ask questions on here as well.

Click here to see the Chloë knitalong thread on our Ravelry group!

The pattern is found in Spud & Chloë at the Farm. The yarn is Spud & Chloë Sweater. You will need one hank each of Toast, Firecracker and Splash. I used US size 5 and 7 double-pointed needles but be sure to check your gauge as specified in the book. You will need some stuffing and embroidery floss, too.

For more information and to see more finished Chloës click here!

I have a fun little Chloë-related pattern up my sleeve once we get going with the knitalong. I am planning a couple of helpful videos for you, too. I want to show you how I do the hair for sure. I get a lot of questions about that and I think a video would be a good thing.

Please let me know if you are joining in and if you have already knit your own Chloë please share her with us. I’m really excited to get our Chloë knitalong going.

I’ll be back soon with more…