My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) 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. The wrap is simply awesome. I was looking to buy this book but it is out of stock everywhere near me. Please choose me oh wonderful number generator. I have five baby blankets in my future.

  2. Your wrap is stunning Wendy.beautifully knitted too ❤

  3. Elizabeth S. says:

    Thanks for the give-away, always a welcome treat!

  4. Your rainbow wrap is beautiful! Love those Cascade books. Thanks for sharing.

  5. sandyharsh says:

    The baby blankets look adorable and who could resist having the pattern for the little lambu!

  6. Terri Puett says:

    I love the wrap! It inspires me to do some colorwork. With 8 grandchildren the book would be very handy!

  7. Your wrap is to die for! What a nice looking book for my small collection!

  8. Yes please! I would love a copy of this beautiful book. I have a baby boom happening at the moment that I simply must knit for!

  9. Kathode Ray Tube says:

    Beautiful wrap – colors and pattern!

  10. slimsdotter says:

    Looking out the window at the beginning of a spring blizzard. Your wrap is a lovely antidote to bad weather. Baby blankies would be, too!

  11. I love your wrap. I’d love to learn more about the mitered corners. Thanks for the chance at winning the cute baby blanket book.
    Smiles,

  12. Lynne in Florida says:

    Tell Lucy that the rainbow blanket is NOT for her, and she should just fergeddaboutit. Tell her also that If she should influence the randomness of the selection process in my favor, I’ll knit the little lambie for her.

  13. Lindsay says:

    I have been thinking about that book. Thanks for the review!

  14. I love the 60 Quick Knits books!

  15. Cristi Wollenberg says:

    Love, love, love the wrap!

  16. Leslie Schroeder says:

    I am working on a baby sweater now, so that book would give me incentive to add a blanket for new great nephew, coming this summer. Love the rainbow wrap!

  17. The wrap is fantastic and book sounds interesting.

  18. Having a lot of Cascade in my stash, this would be a fun book to have for inspiration.

  19. Margaret says:

    Just discovered the fun of making blankets for new arrrivals – keen to do more!

  20. ummrania says:

    Your wrap turned out beautiful! You did it so fast too, I am amazed.

    Looks like a great book, I have been contemplating lately knitting my children blankets so it would be perfect here. Thanks so much.

  21. The wrap is beautiful and the rainbow yarn helps keep interest. Very nice. The blanket patterns would be great.

  22. Love the wrap, great pattern and wonderful yarn. Would make good use os the book if lucky and selected. Thanks again for your generosity.

  23. Oh, I just love the new wrap. I especially like the finishing details.

    I wouldn’t mind receiving the blanket book. It looks like there are more babies happening near me, and I have been pondering what to make for them.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Oh, Honey!

  24. I love the sheep blankie!

  25. Your wrap is beautiful! Your knitting skill and speed amaze me!
    I would love a copy of the baby blankets book.

  26. Annette says:

    Always looking for great baby blanket patterns! Thanks!

  27. Cindy B says:

    I have a new (first) grand baby and another coming soon. My knitting has picked up steam in the past couple of years and I’d love to make a special blanket for each child!

  28. What a totally cute book! Am coming into another round of babies, so it would be very handy to have. Thanks for sharing your review copy.

  29. Love love love the lambie!
    By the way, awesome rainbow!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..It’s a Wrap

  30. Love the lamb too!

  31. Gorgeous wrap and perfect timing! :) Wish my timing was that good. It’s suddenly too hot to work on the afghan I’m knitting.
    Also, I love those Quick Knit books. Please enter me in the drawing. I have a new niece who’d benefit…
    Jeannie´s last blog post ..Child's Knit Hat – black, textured stripes, medium by JeannieGrayKnits

  32. Gwendolyn is so lucky to be able to wear your beautiful knitter-things :)
    deni

  33. Kristen Machowski says:

    I would love to win this. Tons of little ones in my family and I could use better patterns.

    Thank you for doing this and best of luck to everyone.

  34. Great wrap, I’m in the middle of doing some baby stuff for a friend who is fostering a 2 yr. and 4 yr. old who need just about everything, so a ‘blankie’ would be great.

  35. Beautiful wrap!
    And – that book would be useful…

  36. Marie Smith says:

    Thank you so much for offering this sweet book. Please enter my name, too!

  37. Beautiful wrap. I’d love to be included in the drawing.

  38. Heather K says:

    Your stole is gorgeous!! And I xcould usr a blankie book, too.
    But I cannot get over how quickly you knit the stole, Amazing!!

  39. It’s definitely baby season in my part of the country too! This book would come in handy for coming up with different options for baby gifts!

  40. I love the Cascade “60″ books. Please add me to the drawing. The rainbow wrap is gorgeous!

  41. My son and many of his friends have recently married and are starting families. I would love to be able to knit interesting blankets from that book!

  42. Jacquie says:

    In lieu of getting pregnant myself (according to my mother, I’m the perfect age), I find my maternal urges satisfied by knitting other people baby clothes and booties :-) The blanket book would add to my arsenal! Thanks for the review!

  43. Claudia says:

    The Cascade 60 mittens book is a favorite and this one looks like fun. Picking up 1300 stitches–yikes! But the wrap is beautiful.

  44. Jean A. says:

    I am happy they included the lamb pattern as well. I have found the entire 60 Quick series of books to be quite well done, and I’d love a copy of the book! Thanks for parting with your review copy!

    The wrap looks lovely!

  45. Lovely wrap!
    That book series is really well done…great projects. Would love to win a copy!

  46. That wrap is AMAZING! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pics with us. And as for the book, our neighbors are having baby #2 & I was just trying to decide what blanket to knit. I did the Sheldon blanket with matching Sheldon for the big brother. Sounds like this book could help with the issue

  47. I haven’t visited your site in a very long time, so seeing your brand spanking new wrap was a nice treat! It’s beautiful.

  48. This book looks awesome! Particularly with all the new babies in the making I know right now!

  49. i’d love a copy – thanks!

  50. Fabulous wrap, I’ll definitely be adding this to my to-do list when you release the pattern, something to look forward too, Thank you in advance :-)