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tribpot Tue 08-May-12 21:23:55

I'm starting to pull together some ideas for our new blankets, very sadly knit for MNers who have both lost a beloved baby recently sad

You will have instructions from Pistey about wool colours and some suggested shops to buy from - personally I buy mine from McA Direct and have found their service excellent, but there are lots of alternatives out there. Warning: Hobbycraft do not generally stock the required yarns.

The question of how many stitches to cast on comes down to the question of gauge; how tight or loose your knitting is with the yarn in question. Best way is to knit a sample (or a plain square); just measuring how wide it is once you've cast on won't be a very reliable measure because it stretches out once you start knitting. Equally, if it's already more than 6" wide you're on a hiding to nothing. For most people, on 4mm needles, 33-ish stitches and about 45-ish rows should give you a 6" x 6" square but don't do a whole one if you're not sure or a slow knitter, as it's mega-frustrating to have to pull it all back down again.

What follows is mostly links to patterns that we've done or revised in earlier blankets, or ideas for things you might want to try. I know there are some specific pattern requests for these two blankets and I'm looking those out. Warning: many of these are links to patterns on Ravelry, which is like the Facebook of knitting. Registering is free and 100% worth it, although it may mean you start sending your salary direct to your yarn shop of choice at the start of each month as you discover more and more amazing things to knit.

If you want to start with something more adventurous than garter stitch (knit every row) or stockinette (knit one row, purl the next, and so on) why not try the Chinese waves pattern? (Non-Ravelry link). Or maybe stars - this is a bit more difficult - (Non-Ravelry link).

Birds have been specifically requested so we're starting with this lovely Owl pattern - this involves cables and ends up looking a bit like this.

Note, though - before having a go at these patterns you need to know what your gauge is, so you can modify the pattern (so in the case of the owl, cast on fewer stitches / chop out a few rows in terms of length for example) or change needles to get it close to the 6" size.

If you want to follow our adventures in trying to get a particularly devilish heart pattern right, please see the support thread in which Team Heart did battle with hearts, trees and elephants.

More to follow ...

alibubbles Mon 04-Jun-12 11:29:38

Picture on my profile, - 7 squares on their way, only garter stitch, but I think they will compliment the fancy ones. I didn't have the energy to stick to a pattern this time! Happy for them to go on any of the blankets.

tribpot Sun 03-Jun-12 16:50:41

TwoJack - I've PMed you. This is our old thread so not sure if anyone will be checking it.

TwoJackRussellsandababy Sun 03-Jun-12 10:42:55

I just realised I forgot to post my squares yesterday sad

droitwichmummy Tue 29-May-12 22:12:42

I am posting from Birmingham/Worcestershire in the next day or two if anyone wants to add to my packagewink

Molehillmountain Tue 22-May-12 12:15:10

You've got it! My life is about making the things I do whilst procrastinating as worthwhile as possible blush.

5madthings Tue 22-May-12 10:38:42

ooh thankyou! will bookmark those links for later, once small people are all in bed smile

tribpot Tue 22-May-12 10:34:20

5madthings - good for you! If you want a v basic introduction, you can't beat Knitting for Dummies and there are loads of brilliant videos on YouTube as well, I like Planet Purl.

Right new thread is here. I might PM RedRosie so she knows she can post again!

5madthings Tue 22-May-12 10:30:32

i finally got to go to town and have wool and needles and some books, including one rowan one which i dont have a hope of using, well maybe many months down the line wiht lots of practise! and tonight dp is at work and i shall begin knitting grin

tribpot Tue 22-May-12 10:24:58

Mole - how could you be procrastinating? You were first tidying and then knitting. Did you spend most of the day racked with guilt in that in doing one you weren't doing the other?

I've been holding off on starting a new thread whilst conducting the business of the nation writing a 'fact sheet' to hold all the patterns, links, pics and everything together to save repeating it at the start of the next one. Still a work in progress as, unbelievably, I have to write a briefing paper on cryptography this morning. Like anyone cares about that. Anyway, have a look and I will start a new thread before we end up with the Two Tribes actually going to war.

prettybird Tue 22-May-12 08:51:24

I'm definitely "Team Knit" smilesmile

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 08:43:43

Please don't start a sub quiche I can't be in, I'm only just joined this one! ;)

SoupDragon Tue 22-May-12 08:19:39

I'm going to start a Team Hooker quiche thread.


KnottyLocks Tue 22-May-12 08:17:21


Podd is indeed a broadcaster!

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 08:02:51

I broadcast everything ;) It is in my genetic makeup. I know this as DD2 broadcasts everything too. Now I'm putting on my left shoe. Now I'm putting on my right shoe. Now I'm taking them both off and putting them on the correct foot. Now I'm standing up...

KnottyLocks Tue 22-May-12 07:34:56

Ouch, Trib grin

Molehillmountain Tue 22-May-12 07:31:53

Team knit for me! Although yesterday it was team procrastinate mostly but I made up for it with nearly a whole square in the evening.

tribpot Tue 22-May-12 07:28:00

I think most of us are actually Team Knit - which is why we haven't felt the need to broadcast it on the thread wink. However, it is time for a sparkling new thread ... coming up shortly.

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 07:26:44


RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 22-May-12 07:21:45

Podd - you did moss stitch, you can purl envy you is a knitter

<Puts Podd in Team Knit T>

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 07:20:13

Strikethrough fail! I'm going back to bed...

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 07:18:20

I only do a teeny bit of knitting and have never even tried to crochet. I should probably either be on Team Gets mother to do it for her or Team Goes and buys it at the shop -- I supposed I'll get kicked off the thread now--

PurpleKittyKnitting Tue 22-May-12 07:14:31

I will be on Team Knit! With a teeny tiny toe in Team Hook....only learnt last year, I do like it but can only do basics at the moment

SoupDragon Tue 22-May-12 07:07:41

Team Hooker here, definitely. I can't knit, and won't knit. I remember my gran trying to teach me when I was 6 or so and I can still feel the horrible sensation of the yarn running across my fingers - the thought of knitting makes me shudder millions of several years later. I can not for the life of me work out why crochet doesn't! It's strange the things memories can do to you.

notpodd Tue 22-May-12 07:06:46

(because I'm not much help to be honest) although Knotty made encouraged me to learn moss stitch. That should have team hook trembling in their sling-backs...

KnottyLocks Tue 22-May-12 07:06:25

Just you Podd grin

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