Are you sick of my baby knitting yet? Well, I am sorry to say that there will be more. Don't say that I didn't warn you. This sweater and blanket is made for a friend of my family. I was hoping to knit a toy to go with this set, but she gave birth a week early so I had to send this off right away.The blanket is a feather and fan pattern with only 3 rows to memorize, so it's easy. The pattern is from the book, Knitting for Peace. It took me about a week of mad knitting to get this done. I like the fact that the blanket doesn't have a wrong or right side, so it's reversible.I had Melody try it out and she liked it. I think the bright color really attracts her attention. The pattern produces a cushy textured blanket, so it's perfect for kids. I really love how this blanket turned out and I would love to make another one for Melody, but blankets are a lot of work. For those of you that have been reading my blog while I was pregnant with Melody know that she really doesn't lack in any handmade blankets from me. But I love the idea of handmade blankets wrapped around babies.I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but Knitting for Peace is a beautiful book, inside and out. The book has a cloth spine and the cover has peace symbols covering the entire book, like it's embossed. You really should take a look at this book if you enjoy charity knitting. The stories that follow each project had me in tears. There are a total of 15 projects in the book, socks, hats, afghans and more. I like how they included the requirements and addresses for each Charity Group they featured in the book. I have done some charity knitting in the past and I plan to do some more when I have a little more time. I don't think that anyone can read this book without feeling motivated to do some knitting for peace.
This is the second "5 Hour Baby Sweater" that I have knit. I think this one went even faster than the first. Again, the important thing is to knit the sleeves in the round so you don't have to spend extra time seaming the sleeves. This was a 2 day project for me.
I used a green ribbon to contrast against the magenta colored yarn. The yarn I used is called Red Heart With Wool. I can't seem to find any information on it, so I think that it's discontinued. I bought it a few years ago at the annual Manhattan Yarn Riot held by Smiley's Yarns. It's made of 20% wool and 80% acrylic and is machine washable.
Patterns: Quickie ("5-hour") Baby Sweater (Free Pattern), Project Linus Security Blanket from Knitting for Peace
Yarn: 2 1/2 skeins of Red Heart With Wool (20% wool & 80% acrylic) in color: Magenta
Needles: US 10½ / 6.5 mm (Sweater), US 9 / 5.5 mm (Blanket)
Size: Blanket is 24" wide by 32" long