My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. 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. Marilyn says:

    I’m knitting the Gramps Cardigan right now in Cascade 220 Superwash-great yarn! A book of baby blankets using the same yarn sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. We have new babies in the family so this book will come in handy.

    Love your wrap!

  3. Hi your wrap in so beautiful but I don’t think I could make one.
    Lucy I thought you would have gone for the lamb so you had someone with you all the time..a little friend

  4. First, your wrap is just beautiful. Saw the 60 Quick Baby Blanket book today, and it looks like a great one to have in my library of knitting books.

  5. Debbie H says:

    I would love to win a copy! It looks great!

  6. Too cool! So many friends having babies I could use this book!

  7. Your wrap is stunning! Would love to win this book.

  8. Wowsie! Thank you for sharing your knowledge &your book. My new niece wold love something from the book.

    Diana

  9. Kristine M. says:

    Those look like a lot of fun!

  10. That wrap is lovely! Enjoy it on cool mornings.

  11. The blanket patterns look great, but I really want that cute lamb from the cover photo!

  12. Your knitting inspires me……..don’t think I’ve seen you make anything that I don’t love!

  13. Kimba2000 says:

    I’m knitting a baby blanket right now for my grandson who will be arriving in the next couple of weeks. :) I’m always looking for new patterns.

  14. Marie R. says:

    I love 60 Quick knits books! My sister’s boss is due anytime now so, this book would be good to have. I’m sure Lucy trys claim anything you knit.

  15. Beth Gray says:

    These books are such a wonderful series. I’ve been coveting this one since it came out!

  16. It seems like everyone I know is having babies. This book would really come in handy for some new inspiration

  17. I would love to win that book…There is a blanket in it I need to make.

    Thanks for thinking of us

  18. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE the book of baby blankets! Hoping for a first grandchild someday soon and itching to get knitting…………
    Thanks for the chance.

  19. Wendy, your completed wrap is divine! So gorgeous! The varied skills in the Blanket book sounds like one could find just the right project to work on. Thanks much for the chance to win that copy! Purr – purr to Lucy!

  20. Midnite Baker says:

    Cool Wrap!! Don’t leave it laying around or Lucy will find it. :)) M

  21. I love the rainbow wrap. I would like to be included in the book drawing!

  22. Great job on the wrap! Can always use some new patterns for baby blankets-thanks!

  23. Marietta says:

    I have some Kauni in my stash & have been trying to decide what I want to make with it – - 4 skeins. Now – - I’ll look for a solid & plan a big “knit-in”. . . . I especially love the front – - did you plan it to work out with opposing colors? Did that happen by accident? It’s so fantastic – the opposing colors are so eye-catching & complete the idea of the “rainbow”….. it’s beyond beautiful. Any chance that you’ll publish this as a pattern.
    Admiringly,
    Marietta

  24. Thanks for sharing the book’s info….Lamb pattern looks to be very cute!

  25. I love the rainbow wrap; any chance you will be selling the pattern? Never having done colorwork, would this be a good beginner project? I am am experienced knitter (by that I mean beyond the intermediate stage).

    I would love to win the 60 Quick Baby Blanket book…my LYS sells out of them as fast as they can get them in.

  26. Stephanie says:

    The rainbow wrap looks wonderful! I have a co-worker due in June and the baby blanket idea is great. As a new knitter, this looks like a great book to start my library with!

  27. The wrap looks great! And sign me up for the drawing, I’m deep in baby-blanket-making mode right now…

  28. Stardancer says:

    This book would be an awesome addition to my growing knitting book collection!

    Also, the wrap is fantastic. I couldn’t picture it when you started talking about it, but it turned out great.

  29. Would love to win this book.

  30. I just found out my second grandchild is on the way. Would use the book for sure. Your wrap is very nice!

  31. With 3 babies due (not to me, phew) in the coming months this would be the perfect addition to the library.

  32. Robin F. says:

    Your wrap looked so small in the flat picture but seeing it on Gwendolyn put it in perspective. I’m a fan of Kuani and love all the ways you have used it and shared with us.
    The baby book is just in time for some new arrivals that friends are expecting.

  33. All those Cascade 220 books are so good. I’d love to add this to my library.

  34. I have the other “60 Quick Knits” books and just adore them. I have been making lots of baby gifts lately so would love this one!

  35. That wrap is really something, and the rainbow facing is a nice touch.
    Hubby asked me today why I was finishing a hat in April. ‘Cause I felt like doing some colorwork, that’s why!

  36. Baby blankets are not just for babies. I make them and use them for lap covers for myself.

  37. I have this book on my wish list (I have a new baby Great-nephew), but the finances won’t allow it at the moment. So please please pick me!!

    I love the Kauni Wrap, the colours are amazing!

  38. (Not That) Joan says:

    I have precious few books on knitting for babies… Would welcome this one! Lovely wrap– looking forward to seeing what you knit next!

  39. MamaSue says:

    The Rainbow Wrap is gorgeous! I know you will get compliments every time you wear it. It’s a masterpiece!!

  40. Deborah says:

    Blankets! I need one. It is still cold here.

  41. Your wrap is beautiful; and a very quick knit! The book looks very nice, I would like to win it.

  42. I made a similar wrap a few years ago. It is perfect for layering. I may wear it as my only “coat” or put it on over my unlined leather coat when it gets cold. I have people stop me on the street to ask where I got it! Enjoy yours, it’s lovely!

  43. Janet Easter says:

    I would love to win this book. It looks fabulous!!

  44. Linda Suppan says:

    love these “60 Quick ….” books. They are a handy resource at any time. I have knit out of both previous versions two sweaters, two hats and an mitt set. Blankets would be wonderful to add to my repretoire for baby gifts… and in 128, those would be quick!

  45. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    Love to knit baby items for preemies as well as to donate to foster children the book would come in handy please enter me in the drawing. Thank you carol

  46. Alice Moisen says:

    I, too, have a new baby in the family. I;m sure she’s love a blanket from this book.

    Alice in Portland

  47. It looks like a great book – I would love to be picked. :)

  48. The wrap is just lovely ! such talent. Lucy should have a rainbow blanket since she is your inspiration right? As for the bably blanket book, yes I would love it. I have 4 new babies and another on the way. The requests are there just have to find patterns . I can’t use the same patterns for anyone of them because they want unique blankets. This book would solve my problem really. So maybe lucy will draw my name.

  49. I typically stay away from projects like blankets as I think my short knitting attention span might go awry but the book is titled Quick and baby blankets can’t take all that much time, right? ;-)

  50. I’ve just finished a vest in Noro yarn, time for a new project. Just to be sure to have enough UFO’s ;-)

  51. Yes blankets! Need to make more blankets!

  52. Sarah McGovern says:

    I’ve been eyeing the baby blanket patterns on ravelry for weeks now. I think it’s time I expand my baby blanket plans from the one blanket I make for everyone to many versions of these. I love the moustache blanket, and the eat play love one.

  53. Love your rainbow wrap…so elegant!

    I hope the random number generator will understand that I have the other four “60 Quick” books, so I need this to round out my collection.

  54. Barbara says:

    Love your new colorful wrap. Please add my name to the drawing for your afghan book. Thanks.

  55. This would be perfect timing. There are 3 couples at work who are expecting over the next few months. Let the baby knitting begin!

  56. This looks like a great book!

  57. yarnmule says:

    I’m in the midst of a huge baby run. I’ve knit two blankets since February, and have run out of inspiration for the one due in July. This certainly seems like it could help!

  58. Charlotte says:

    From your photo, even the back looks beautiful. I’ve done many of Arne’s & Carlos’s Christmas balls & am sooooo fortunate that the back is on the inside!

  59. Rebekah says:

    Well that’s the one nice thing about a wrap, you can wear it in air conditioning during the summer! Because for some reason, offices tend to be like meat lockers.

    Its beautiful.

  60. Michelle says:

    Beautiful wrap – great colors! Would love the baby blanket book – thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Your wrap is stunning Wendy. Just beautiful. You have motivated me do do some colourwork.

  62. Please pick me. I’ve got twins to knit blankets for.

  63. Sansarya says:

    The wrap is gorgeous. If I had the stamina to complete something like that I’d sleep with the darned thing rather than wait for more cold weather!

  64. Your wrap is unique and beautiful! Add my name to the drawing.

  65. The lamb is so cute. I am hoping for a grandchild.

  66. Your wrap looks great! I am always knitting baby blankets, it feels like, and I don’t like to repeat patterns, so that book would be awesome!
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..11 months

  67. Lovely wrap!
    I’d love to win the blanket book. I just hope I get to knit a blanket for my own baby…

  68. A rainbow blankie for Lucy? Definitely! Lucy and the cute lamb? Also definitely!

  69. Patsy Fisk says:

    We are a group on knitters who knit baby blankets for a local charity and would love to win the new baby blanket book. We contribute to Bundles of Love. They make up about 100 bundles every month. There are more than two doxen items in each bundle, enough for about two weeks of baby wear. New baby blanket patterns would be very welcome .

    Thank you for considering us

  70. I am a first time commentor here, and admire your tenacity with size 3 needles and yarn! I have done this for gloves, and don’t think I could go any further than that. Tedious. And it is beautiful. I have some new babies coming in my family and I personally love Cascade 220. Love the way it feels on the sticks and the amount of body it gives to a garment. I could use a book like this in my collection.

  71. The lamb is adorable! I am a fan of Cascade Yarns and would love to have this book.

  72. michelle523 says:

    My baby is due in July and it would be nice to get in a blanket or two for the little guy.

  73. With my nieces popping out babies this would be a great addition to my book shelf.

    Thanks for the offer!

  74. The wrap is gorgeous. I love the facing. It frames the entire piece beautifully.

    I don’t have any teenies arriving at my house in the near future but I do have a stash that includes 220 and is woefully overdue for a clearing out. Please toss my name into the random generator and I’ll thank you for it.

  75. marciepooh says:

    Your wrap is GORGEOUS. I love any and all pattern books because I can always use the techniques in one for something else. And even if I don’t ned baby blankets much right now I can always knit it bigger and make an afghan.

  76. Karma Graham says:

    I have two daughters ready to welcome a baby as soon as Mother Nature cooperates, my brother and SIL are about to have their 2nd, and a friend is going to be a gramma again. I need to make baby blankets, STAT! This book sounds wonderful, thank you for offering to gift it.

  77. Amazing colorwork !
    Dorothée´s last blog post ..Hermione’s everyday socks

  78. Janene Reeves says:

    I would LOVE to have a copy of that book! I just love baby blankets!

  79. I would love to win this baby blanket book. It looks very interesting.

  80. Christine says:

    I would love the book to make something for my first baby that I am having in July!!

  81. I love how the wrap came out. And how did you know I need to make more baby blankets?
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  82. Mande Kuechenmeister says:

    I love to make baby blankets!! This book would be awesome!

  83. Veronica says:

    Your wrap is stunning! I’m new to your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. I also love all things baby.

  84. Please, please, please!

  85. Leslie F says:

    Your wrap is very inspiring. Like all of the work we see, it turned out well.

    You got me at the “too darn cute” on the baby blankets.

  86. Marseille says:

    I’ve been looking at that book–would love a copy!

  87. Sandy M says:

    We have just started a knitting group at our church and each baby that is Baptized is receiving a layette with a sweater, booties, hat and a blanket – This would be so great to win!

  88. Jo Anne Wetherell says:

    That’s such a beautiful wrap. I’d love to win the book.
    joannewm in Ravelry

  89. Barb Edison says:

    your wrap is gorgeous. I love those blankets too.

  90. Esther McDonald says:

    Love your rainbow wrap! I would also like to win the baby blanket book. I knit for charity.

  91. Want to learn more colorwork! I think a baby blanket would be a great place to start. And that little lamb is soooo cute.

  92. LOVE that wrap. Absolutely gorgeous. Throw my name in for the book. I’m at that point where my friends’ CHILDREN are having kids. sigh.

  93. Not so sure about baby blankets… but then you said that there were ideas that would work as larger blankets as well, so count me in. The wrap is gorgeous!

  94. hawknitr13 says:

    since i’m the facilitator of a prayer shawl group at my church these baby blanket pattern book would be a great asset since we’ve added baby blankets for the hospital and baby baptisms at church!! thank you for you generosity, wendy!!
    ^)^ linda
    lbquilts on Ravelry
    hawknitr13@hotmail.com

  95. How funny, I was just looking at a pattern from this books on ravelry and thinking I needed to get the book. Winning it would be awfully convenient.

  96. I would love to win this book.. I am always looking for patterns for baby blankets as they are my gifts at baby showers. Thanks for the give a way.

  97. I could use that book. Daughter is having her first child and I have been searching for the right blanket pattern.

  98. Baby blankets are one of my absolute favorite things to knit. Those blankets look precious. Your wrap is beautiful.

  99. That is absolutely lovely! You do great work. I love those blankets too.

  100. Judy J. says:

    Lucy would look great on a “rainbow blanket”!