Thursday, September 11, 2008

The wonky, the cute, the baby stuff.....

Ok, so it was learned that a good friend was pregnant and what do I do? I decide, this good friend needs a baby blanket. I decide on the Moderne Baby Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting. A very user friendly pattern and book. If you pay any attention to gauge that is.... See, it's all in garter stitch and in theory, garter stitch is a very square stitch. 20 rows should equal the same dimension as 20 stitches. Well, mine is almost square. Seriously, I did a gauge swatch, I measured, it was pretty darn close. But not close enough. when you are doing this blanket, you pick up stiches along the edges of the previous blocks. you pick up the same number of stitches as there were rows... If they are equal, this should work out great. Here's me though... "hmmm... it seems to be going a little wonky.... that's ok... I'm sure it will work out when I get to the other side, after all the other sides should stretch out the middle...." It doesn't work that way. the outside does not stretch the inside, the inside pulls the outside in and makes a weird ruffle.

So here is my weirdly wonky blanket. and no, it doesn't block out, it's made of Cotlin, which has very little stretch no matter what you do... and the little bit that can be corrected goes right back to this when you throw it in the washer, which was the purpose of using a yarn that's easily washable.


there is someone that's happy with it, every time I tried to take the picture above, I'd get the camera ready and see the picture below......



So after working months and months on a wonky blanket. I then made a baby hat and bootie set... it took just a few days and looks a hell of a lot cuter!







5 comments:

Suna said...

Hmm, wonder what went wrong? Those usually work out OK. Must have been an issue with picking up the stitches. Maybe you didn't do enough on that long side...oh well, the cat loves it.

Lee said...

Who cares about the cat! I like it. Just tell everyone you made it that way on purpose…to conform to the baby’s butt or something.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think garter stitch is square if you do 20 stitches and 40 rows because the rows kind of lay on top of each other. So when you pick up stitches, you should pick up one stitch for each ridge, which would work out to 1 stitch for every other row. But the colours are beautiful and the shape is..."interesting"? I'm glad you see to have a sense of humour about it; it happens to all of us. -christina

knitting dragonfly said...

I don't know, I'm with kitty, it's kinda charming.
The hat and bootie set are very pretty also.
Does that mean the cat gets to keep the blanket? Lucky thing.
Vicki

apryl said...

ooooh that did turn out wonky :) but the hat and booties are super cuters.