September 22, 2005

Opinions Needed

Monday was another good meetup. We had everyone from last week plus Margaret, who just moved here from Maine. Margaret is the knit-along queen; she's knitted or plans to knit Rogue, the Hour Glass Sweater, Klaralund, and the Knit Picks Kimono Sweater. Her project list is all the stuff I've been tempted by but haven't bought yet, so I can't wait to see how her sweaters progress each week. When I wasn't drooling over other people's projects, I managed to finish the first Lornas Lace sock.

A good friend of mine is expecting her first child (a girl) in February, and I'm trying to decide between two blanket patterns for her. The first one is the Dots and Stripes Blanket from Adorable Knits for Tots.
I like this blanket better, but I'm worried about weaving in all of the ends so that they don't show.

The second choice is the Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket.
This one will have more seaming, but less yarn end weaving.

So what do you guys think? What's the best method for weaving in ends so that they don't show or come loose later? Kim lives in Florida, so either blanket will be made with a cotton blend yarn. Thanks in advance for any input.

Posted by crsattic at 1:37 PM | 6 Comments


Sorry I'm not going to be much help here because they are both adorable. In terms of less weaving, I think I would lean toward that too. . . so I suppose you can put my vote in for the alphabet blanket! BTW - your sock looks good!!

I prefer the top blanket, mainly because it is nice and bright. Knitter Natter has made the alphabet blanket, so perhaps asking her for advice would help you. I also love seeing all of your kid's knits. I too have made some for my daughter, and it is interesting to see the different colors for the same knit.

Well I am biased because I absolutely love the alphabet blanket and if the stork ever visits my house that is one thing that I will definitely be trying to make!

However, the spots and stripes is lovely too, and if you prefer it, maybe you could have a go at that? I guess you could always try a swatch rather than buy all the yarn and be unhappy with the end result and see how the weaving in goes?

Good luck with it anyway.

Happy Birthday!! Hope the day is going great!

With the baby blanket, I think they are both cute. I like the bright colors of the dots and stripes blanket, but the alphabet one would really tempt me. Given that seaming isn't your favorite thing, maybe you should go with the dots and stripes. You'll probably have more fun with that one anyway.

I've made the alphabet blanket, and the only seaming is on the mitered corners of the edging (assuming you go with the provisional cast-on, so you can just knit the edges right on). It's a wonderful blanket, but definitely takes some time to follow the chart. I made it for my daughter, and I don't know now if I will let her have it until she's a big girl. My son ravaged his handknit blanket until the yarn was pulled out of it in loops all over. I don't want a repeat of that with this one, because it took too much time to knit (and I used the expensive wool-cotton yarn called for in the pattern). But whichever you decide, they're both lovely!

I suggest that you just weave all the colored ends into their respective areas. Works for me when I use cotton :)

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