A Quickie Blanket

This as you may guess is another part of my knitted doll birthday present project. It is almost 18″ (45cm) per side.

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However it is a much quicker way of making a blanket than my previous ones as I only started on Thursday evening and finished it Sunday afternoon. Which means I could probably make a full sized blanket in about half the time I normally take.

As it is for my grandson I decided to just have a simple dc edging.

In a way this is a style of blanket I have been wanting to make for the last two years.

Around the time I started my blog I found someone who was selling granny baby blankets with repeating sequences of colours and I thought about what colours and patterning I would choose if I made something similar and I came up with this

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and put it in my sampler pile. So I am very pleased to have finally made the blanket even if it is a small version.

Another thing that pleased me was that having read somewhere that there was a way of starting a row with a treble (US dc) instead of three chain when beginning a new colour, I worked out how to do it and it worked perfectly.

I like to start my rows in the middle of a corner. So in the picture below the three trebles to the left of centre are the first granny group of the row. I think you can see, especially on the white, that the first stitch of the group is a treble and not three chain.

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Looking on the internet today there seem to be a variety of ways of doing it (I have just found two) but my way is slightly different.

One way is to start with a slip knit on your hook. That was my first idea but I found that it left you with a knot and was not necessary.

You start by folding the new yarn over the hook. (Obviously this is described as for a right handed person.)

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Then you fold the tail under to the left and over to the right as in this picture.

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Then pull tight and place the twist on the far side of the hook a little way from the end.

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From now on you press your right forefinger tightly against the twist to hold it in place.

Pick up a loop of thread and insert the hook in the work, as usual.

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Draw through a loop, as usual.

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Then draw more yarn through the first two loops (again as usual). This is the point to press really tightly on the twist and not lose your nerve as the stitch seems to stretch out.

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You now need to change your hold to your left hand as you pick up the a new loop of yarn ready to pull through the last two loops on the hook.

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Pull the picked up yarn through the last two loops and there you are

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Pull gently on the tail to take up any slack and you can continue with the rest of the row.

This means that your starting and finishing tails are on the same level which I quite like.

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14 thoughts on “A Quickie Blanket

    1. It’s the first time I have used it but I think it will be interesting to try and use it more often. There does seem to be a way of doing something similar when you are not changing colour but I am finding it rather tricky.

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  1. I must give this a go. I’ve seen tutorials with ?standing stitches and found them either really clumsy, confusing or no improvement on doing a chain. You’ve done a really clear tutorial and this looks like a really neat way to do it. Thanks so much, I just love your work.

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    1. I wanted to try it partly for ‘academic interest’ and although the three chain is not a big problem with granny squares if you start in the middle of the corner as that hides them to a certain exent, I did think that for some of those squares we did for the CAL it would have been much better without the three chains as the round starting points did tend to show. Of course for blankets where you are going to add a border and thus hide the three chains it is probably not worth the extra effort.

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