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August 13, 2007


Pattern: Ribbons Baby Blanket, Evelyn Clark for Fibertrends.

Needles: a variety of US 6 (4 mm) circs

Yarn: Gedifra Korfu, colors 2011, 2061, 2025, 2022, and 2068; Classic Elite Sundance, color 6249. Both yarns are 50% cotton, 50% microfiber, but contrary to my first hunch, they are not exactly identical.

Based on the weight of this blanket (1 lb. 4 oz.), I used a total of 12 balls of yarn, about 1000 yards, though I didn't keep track of the usage of each individual color. There are 15 stripes, plus the garter stitch border.

Finished size: 34.25" square. Hey, look at that! The power of math at work!

Though a little cumbersome towards the end, I'm very happy with this blankie. My favorite part has to be the subtle ruffles formed by the alternating knit and purled stripes.

Weaving in the ends was an exercise in patience: the Russian Join worked awkwardly with this cotton yarn, so I turned to the Overcast Method whenever I could. What remained had to be woven in at the end, one at a time.

I didn't use any special trickery - just a very long tail (oh, about 10", I'd say), weaving in 9" of it, and leaving about an inch hanging in the air. The little doodle in the back fluffed up after the washer and dryer, and I'm hoping that will prevent it from snaking around. It's not the neatest thing in the world, but I don't think it's awful, either.

Other than mentioning the tidy crochet cast-on at the center and working all the corner stitches as knits, I'm not sure there is much to add! It's a lovely, easy pattern.

Well, I guess there's one last thing to show you:

Underpants Blankie: a lesson in inspiration

Posted by Kathy on August 13, 2007 09:50 AM


oh yeah... had totally forgotten that those underpants were the inspiration!

you know, that blanket would look perfect in some Cape Cod beach house!


the underpants blankie makes me think of beach umbrellas and cool drinks! just lovely!

It looks great! I'll take inspiration wherever I can find - even in my underwear drawer! Lovely work, as always.

Very nice!

Lovely! Underwear inspiration is always good.

The blanket is beautiful! Great pattern!

I've not been liking the squares inside squares patterns recently, but this one is great! I love all the colors together. :)

The blanket is awesome!

Yea! The underpants blankie! It turned out wonderful!

What a great blankie!! It is beautiful.

Love the inspiration. :)

I love the blanket! And thank you for the link to the overcast method - I will definitely use that in my next striped project :)

turned out great! your color choices were definitely inspired ;)

The blanket came out beautifully!

That turned out great!

Thanks for linking to the Overcast method - I missed that when TechKnitting first covered it, I'll have to give it a try.

It's fabulous! Inspiration is all around (or on, rather) us!

It turned out beautifully and I dare say it rivals your underpants for fun stripyness...

I absolutely love the blanket and the colors. I may have to go dig around in my dresser to see what inspiration I can find.

It's beautiful Kathy. I love how it turned out.

What a beautiful blanket!

What a great job on the panty blankie :)

It looks fab - and kudos to you for your patience with those long rows and all those ends!

It's beautiful.

It's adorable AND funny. :-)

I love the Underpants Blankie! It's adorable!

Wow. Knitting a blanket. That is kryponite to me. Moreso than socks! It looks so beautiful...and thanks for all those links! I'm definitely going to check them all out!

Absolutely wonderful! Great knitting!

Wow, that is gorgeous!! Great colors!! :) Love you blog!


You're too funny! I love that blanket.

"I see London..."

It just goes to show you that inspiration can be found anywhere if your mind is open to it, non?

There's something about that blankie that just makes me smile. Nice, happy colors, I think.

Adorable! That really turned out well - lucky baby!

Fabulous stripey blankie!

what a great keepsake. How about sewing the underpants together and sew it to the "wrong side", keep the inspiration with the blankie.

You're really testing your patience, woman!
Mountainash, now this!
Now, to conquer ENE!!!! Go Kathy!!!! Ra-ra-Grumpy!!!!

That blanket is fantastic! I love the stripes! Jane

Beautiful! No need to diss this blanket!

I had forgotten about your inspiration....how cool! Lovely blanket!

your blanket is wonderful!!!
i tried a pattern just like this and maybe got 6 stripes done.... that was over a year ago.... it's still sitting at the bottom of my knitting storage! i just can't do it!

Lovely! And I now have Bare Naked Ladies lyrics running through my head..."I could hide out under there. I just made you say underwear!"

Looks really great Kathy!

Ooh, that turned out so well. Very nice job! Pat yourself on the back.

Very lucky baby that gets that blanket! Great job and I love the clean look and the fun colors.

I wish my underwear was half as inspiring.

It's adorable! But I think my hands would fall off if I tried to knit something like that.

Love it! Very contemporary looking, not baby-pastel, but still very baby-cuddly. Lucky baby! You never know when the inspiration will strike.

Now that's a lovely baby blanket.

I verily like this pattern, the blanket is beautiful, and thanks for advices!

Hello Kathy,

it looks great. I really like the colors and the pattern, too. The combination is relaxing and one loves to look at it.

Lots of greetings,

I like it! I just love knitted blankets :)

Nice blanket. It is so fresh and unique perfect for one very lucky baby.

I love you stripey!

Absolutely beautiful! It really looks great!


Beautiful! As your work always is! I've been wanting to knit a cotton blanket for a while. What do you suggest for a good fiber mix and/or specific yarn? I want it as a bed blanket for summer (obviously, not this summer).

As always, thanks for sharing your beautiful work!


looks great! love it!

Fantastic Stripey!

And, damn, those are the neatest folded undies EVER!

The blankie is beautiful - love the colors of the strips. I am sure this is worth all the sewing in of the ends!

Wow, do you iron your underpants, or did you used to work at the Gap or what? Inever saw a pair of panties looking quite so tidy! Oh, and the blanket is nice too.

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