My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s a Wrap

It’s done!

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Since my last blog post, I picked up stitches around the edge (almost 1300 of them), and knit an edging. I increased stitches at each corner to make mitered corners.

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I did a purl round to make a nice edge for turning, and knit a facing. I decreased stitches at each corner so that the facing would lie flat.

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I ran out of black part-way through the facing and rather than break into a new skein, I continued with some leftover rainbow yarn. I think it looks kind of nice.

The wrap is a nice size to wear — here it is on Gwendolyn.

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I finished just in time for warm weather. icon wink Its a Wrap

New Book!

I have received a review copy of another of the “60 Quick Knits” books, this one is 60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns.

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Published by Sixth & Spring Books, it was released last week.

As the title suggests, it contains patterns for 60 quick baby blankets, all knit form Cascade 220 Superwash and Cascade 128 Superwash. 220 is a basic worsted weight wool yarn, and 128 is a bulky weight merino.

The blankets are all just too cute. Many of them are colorwork. Some really easy:

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Some harder:

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And some rather challenging:

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There are also some solid color texture and lace blankets, but there are more multicolored than monochrome.

I love that they included the pattern for the wee lamb that is pictured on the cover:

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Everything in the book is just so darn cute. If you have even one or two blankets to make, this is a great value: 60 patterns in the book. Well, 61, if you include the little lamb pattern. They are clearly written and are at varying levels of difficulty so there is very much something for everyone. Many of these blankets could be resized  – they could be made into full-sized afghans.

Who would like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy of  60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. I’ll choose a comment at random and sent my copy to the commenter.

Lucy sez:

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Is that rainbow blanket for me?

Comments

  1. There’s a new baby on her way in my family and I just decided on using Cascade Superwash for a blanket but haven’t chosen a pattern yet. It would be wonderful to win this book. Thanks for thinking of us.

  2. I’ve got a new baby in the family. She could use some new blankies….

  3. I love your wrap, so colourful! I was looking at that book in the store just ast night & came close to buying it but my budget said no. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win your copy? Thank for your generosity in sharing with us!

  4. I love the 60 knits books and have been looking forward to this new addition since I heard it was coming!

  5. That’s a very beautiful and eye catching wrap! I love the color(s)! Recently I was knitting a pair of “Ugly Duckling Socks” using black and a very colorful rainbow-type yarn, and one of my cats (Autumn) was so fascinated by my yarn! Every time I’d pick them up to work on them she’d rush over and supervise. I ended up buying her several pairs of neon colored shoestrings, which she now drags around all over my house. LOL!

  6. I love the wrap. Great combination. Book looks neat too!!

  7. I am amazed by the speed at which you knit! I’d love to increase my speed while working on some of these baby blankets.

  8. Gosh, you’re patient! I don’t know that I’d make such a large garment on 3.25 mm needles and be cheerful about it. ;) lol It looks lovely though.
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  9. Kaye Reynolds says:

    Love your rainbow wrap and would really enjoy the book of blanket patterns!

  10. I could really use this book–all of my friends’ adult childrem seem to be having babies and I sometimes feel like I have knit the world’s supply of baby blankets and more to come.
    I love it that so many people who knit have cats–all of which seem to be quite well-behaved with regard to the yarn. Or else their persons don’t tattle on them! Love the photos of all the knit stuff and even more the photos of Lucy.

  11. What a fun looking book! My daughters would love new blankets.

  12. Your wrap is very pretty, can’t believe how quickly you did all that work.
    I would love to win the book, I’ve need to do several blankets this year so this would be great!

  13. I have a granddaughter arriving in June and a niece in July. I would love this book!

  14. Your knitting skill and speed continue to amaze me! Your wrap is beautiful. I can’t even guess how long it would have taken me to make it.
    I would love a copy of the baby blankets book. I knit baby blankets for charity and am always looking for different patterns to keep it fun and interesting. Cascade Superwash is perfect for them since they all need to be machine wash and dry and the other 60 Quick Knit books have been great.

  15. I would love this! I have a new nephew due in August and he needs a blanket!

  16. I love that wrap–I really need to make something with Kauni. That baby blanket book looks great too–baby blankets are the things I end up knitting the most often!

  17. Would love this! My friend just had a baby and I’ve found out about 6 more coming for different friends! This would keep me inspired! Love the wrap and have been marveling at the set for some time! Gorgeous!

  18. This I could use – our first grandchild will be joining the family in August! Thanks for the chance, Wendy. ALSO – beautiful wrap! I think Lucy’s gonna love it.

  19. Debbie Fiske says:

    I would love a book on baby blankets. Almost a grammie and need to stock up on blankets for the upcoming kidlets.

  20. Denise in Ohio says:

    I know of four babies due by this fall. I can really use the book.

  21. So many babies to knit for – this book would be fantastic to win!

  22. Looks like a book I would like to add to my collection (and use!) Thanks for counting me in, Wendy!

  23. I love your wrap—well I love all your designs!!

    I would absolutely love the book—have several babies coming that I need to knit blankets for.

  24. You are so patient to take on colorwork at that scale!

    Thanks for sharing the book–got several babies from the next generation. Maybe this time it’ll be my lucky day.

  25. I love all these “60 Quick” books. There’s a nice range of patterns. And baby blankets are my favorite thing to knit!

  26. That wrap is so pretty, it almost makes me want to knit one. But I don’t love stranded work yet. I do love the 60 Quick books, however, so please enter me in the drawing.

  27. My cat Fritz just asked for his own blanket yesterday. I think this would be perfect.
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  28. Carolyn Robinson says:

    This would be so wonderful to have. The projects look so amazing!

  29. I love the 60 Quick Knits series and have the two baby books. Thanks for a chance at the blanket book.
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  30. Your wrap is so beautiful! In my brain, I can understand how you knit this, but the thought of tackling it myself is quite overwhelming.

    Baby blankets, on the other hand: *that* I can tackle!!!

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  31. Love your wrap!! And I would love to win the baby blanket book. I have a “baby hope chest” started for when the first grandchild comes along and this book would provide me with lots of options for blankets to add to the collection.

  32. I’d love to have a chance to see Cascade’s baby blanket book – it looks so cute! :) And your rainbow wrap is just lovely – I’ve enjoyed watching it progress here on your blog!
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  33. Debra Simon says:

    We just got a new baby granddaughter when our son and his wife thought they could not have any more children. I would love to have this book!

  34. Your wrap is great. The book looks like fun. I love to make blankets. In fact my next project is going to be a blanket of some variety (haven’t decided on which one). Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  35. Melissa says:

    Love all the other 60 knits books…would love to dd this one to my library as well!

  36. Love the wrap–I like the extra bit of color in the back.

    Thanks for sharing your work and the books you receive!
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  37. BreannaS says:

    I love the color changes in your wrap. The edge turned out very nice as well.

  38. The wrap is beautiful–we could have used it today in New England. The thermostat read 55 but the winds were gusting to over 40mph while I sat outside for my son’s baseball games. Brrrr!

  39. love the new wrap and would love a chance to win the book! Thanks!

  40. I just found out today I am going to be a grandma for the first time. I can finally start looking at baby patterns for a reason other than gifts and donation items. Get those needles clicking!

  41. Ooh, I love previews I’ve seen of that book! My sister is due with a baby in July and there’s an alligator blanket in that book that I’d love to knit her.

  42. Your wrap is absolutely stunning! Wear it in the best of health and happiness!

    What a lovely dilemma – which blanket to knit first?? Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. I love this series of books. I’ve purchased the previous titles, and every pattern I’ve tried has been well written and clearly test knitted.

    Thanks for the give away!
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  44. I love the new wrap – it’s just gorgeous – and I’d love to get the new book too. I’ve got a 3 month old grandson who is a joy to knit for!

  45. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Your wrap is beautiful, wonderful colors. And I want to make that lamb.

  46. Kari Morandi says:

    I have sooo many friends having babies. This book would be a wonderful thing to have.

  47. joyce t. says:

    Baby knitting is the most fun! Please put my name in the pool for the blanket book.
    Your wrap is gorgeous.I’m tempted to try something similar, but I’ve heard that Kauni is scratchy. Is that your experience?

  48. Always look forward to your blog. the new book looks great.

  49. Lovely wrap!

    I would love to win the book; blankets are one of my go-to gifts for babies.

  50. I just love those books!

  51. MizMelly says:

    Love the rainbow wrapl, Wendy!! And that baby blanket book looks like fun!! I especially like the little lamb!!

  52. I love this book and all your work as well. You are an inspiration.

  53. Susan Picciano says:

    Would be wonderful for my g-kids! Also for my sister-in-law, she’s a sheep farmer !

  54. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Perfect timing. I need to make a baby blanket. Hooray!
    Your wrap turned our very well; take a big bow!
    NOw you can make the rainbow blanket for Lucy.

  55. The book looks amazing, seems like there is something in the water here because I’m surrounded by many expectant moms so I would be able to put it to good use!

  56. Therese says:

    Lovely wrap–Great new Book!!

  57. Carolyn says:

    That looks like a great book to have on hand. I would love to have a copy :-)

  58. Beautiful, beautiful! I have a lot of babies around and new ones on the way…!

  59. celestine says:

    Looks like a book I could really use. Hope I win.

  60. peggy connolly says:

    wow; that is one book everyone should have on their knitting shelf!

  61. New granddaughter coming in July who would love a new blanket!

  62. Would love this book! I have the others in the series. Have 12 grandchildren so far. One more child will still be giving us grandchild(ren) and the oldest grandchild could start! Would love to have this book in my library for that time! Love your blog.

  63. Karina Bates says:

    Love the rainbow wrap! Thanks very much for offering the book, I think it could come in handy here in the not-to-distant future.

  64. Your wrap is gorgeous! You did a fantastic job designing and knitting it; oh so colorful. It looks so nice and warm!

  65. Pam Gardner says:

    Wendy-your wrap is gorgeous. I sure wish I could knit such intricate things! The yarn is stunning too. I would like to win the book as I mostly knit , you guessed it, blankets!

  66. Susan murphy says:

    Love your wrap. you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful projects. Would love the book…..

  67. Bridget Rickard says:

    The wrap is beautiful! The book looks fantastic.

  68. I would love a copy of this book! I have the others and are great books.

  69. Your wrap is lovely!! And the little lamb blanket is adorable!
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  70. I’m in! I have two baby blankets to make in the coming months and new patterns are always appreciated. Thanks for doing the giveaway, Wendy.

  71. I love your wrap. The yarn just makes me so happy. I love those colors all together. You knit so much faster than I but it matters not how fast we are but how much we love doing it

  72. Carole Nelms says:

    The wrap turned out so colorful! Thank you for the baby blanket book giveaway! P.S. I lost my toe up sock book when I moved and I just received my second copy. Thanks to you Wendy I now prefer the toe up knitting of my socks! :)

  73. I would love a copy of the baby blanket book. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one. Enjoy your blog. Love the kitty!!

  74. Susan aka paintermom says:

    I love Cascade 220 and would love to have the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I love the rainbow wrap. Will you be writing up the pattern?

  75. Susan aka paintermom says:

    P.S. Just finished your Japanese Garden Shawl and I love it! I have gotten many compliments on it. Thank you fr such a lovely pattern.

  76. I would love to knit a little blanket, and that cute lamb!

  77. 60 baby blankets? 60 more reasons to be joyful! Thank you for your generosity.

  78. What cute blankets! Thanks for another opportunity at a great book!

  79. The wrap looks great. There’s a new baby arriving in the family this fall and I’ve enjoyed the sweaters I’ve made from the the first book.

  80. Oh, I could really put this to good use. :-)

  81. Kirsten says:

    Great looking wrap and book!

  82. oh, yes! would love to work up some of those cute patterns for my dggs! thanx for offering your copy!

  83. The wrap is gorgeous.
    I would love to be chosen to receive your copy of the blanket book.

  84. That wrap is beautiful. I have 1 skein of the kauni and not sure what I will do with it yet.

    I do, however, have 9 grandkids to knit for and 3 are very young and could use a new blanket.
    I’d love that book. I like the books in that series–nice patterns and Cascade is a good yarn.

  85. Marmee of two says:

    Love the design of your wrap and the yarn choice was delicious!!!! i am a new grandma or 2 this year so have lots of baby knitting to do.. Would lovento win the baby blanket book. I have the 60′knits for kids and have made several things from it using cascade and loved the.

  86. Gorgeous wrap! Would love the book, too!

  87. Wrap is great! I love cascade yarn and would love the book.
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  88. One can never have too many baby blanket patterns – or babies for whom to knit them!!

  89. Robin D says:

    I would love to win. I have 2 new grand babies coming.
    Love your colorwork.

  90. That wrap is stunning. Lucy has fur to deposit on it. Time to get to work!

    Yes, please sign me up for the book. It looks amazing.

  91. The wrap looks great and it has a beautiful edge. The book sounds great as well.

  92. Your rainbow wrap is heavenly!
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  93. Elizabeth H. says:

    The wrap is beautiful. I love the blanket book.

  94. Heather D says:

    I love your rainbow wrap! It might be getting warmer, but there’s still a nip to the air, you’ll get to use it a time or two before it gets too warm.

    I love those quick knits using cascade 220. I’d love to win

  95. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Wrap looks great! Sure would like a little more info on how to make those mitered corners. Love to use the technique on one of those baby blankets in the book!

  96. Please include me in the drawing for your review copy of this book. So kind of you o share!

  97. Isn’t the photo of your blocked wrap missing something? (Cat for scale??). It’s lovely!

  98. I constantly find myself knitting baby stuff, so this would be fun. The sheep is so cute!

  99. LN in TX says:

    I like that they included a pattern of the lamb too. It is always disappointing when a book shows a cute accessory like that, but then doesn’t give a pattern.

  100. Your wrap looks great. It turned out very nicely. I love those little blankets!