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May 13, 2011

One more time, with feeling

One of the very first projects I ever knit was the Prairie Blanket by Oat Couture.

I think I was very fortunate to choose this blanket pattern and not some other. Even back then I realized that it was very cleverly constructed, but now that I've knits tons of blankets, I appreciate it even more. It looks much more fancy and complicated than it actually is, and working from the corner out is such a nice bonus.

But I always regretted my finishing. There were many ends, and I wove them in willy-nilly. I just didn't know any better. You'd think after all these years I would've let this go, but no: I still regularly thought about the Prairie Blanket and how much better it could have been.

I always planned to give this pattern a second go, even though I generally can't be bothered with that kind of thing: there are way too many patterns out there to knit anything twice! I think it was some sense of regret, or the opportunity to right a wrong, that kept the idea in my head all these years.

Almost 6 years after finishing the first Prairie Blanket, I cast on for a second:

I'm using a fingering weight 100% extrafine merino for this, Cool Wool 2000 by Lana Grossa. This yarn has been in my stash almost as long as I've been knitting. Though it's been sitting unused all these years, I never felt the urge to get rid of it: I love the feel and color. Luckily, it's just the type of thing to use for a little babe!

The Prairie Blanket pattern calls for a heavier weight yarn (DK, worsted, or chunky), but I think a thin, lightweight blanket will be quite useful, too, even if it will take forever to finish ;). So, here's my chance to get it right! I'm giving this pattern a second go!

Posted by Kathy on May 13, 2011 10:24 AM


This is lovely, though I have to admit that I'm doing what I call stupid levels of garter stitch lately. It's really the only thing that has graced my needles in weeks.

it's beautiful! And I can imagine just how soft it must be...

I often knit the same things multiple times -- it's just something I like to do. Do you have any particular weaving in tips? Maybe that would make a good post when the time comes. :-)

And every baby needs multiple blankets!

Maybe you could do a felted join so you wouldn't have to do any weaving in? Or is the yarn superwash...

Thanks for the post. I have made this blanket three times -- after cursing a bit on the first when I couldn't get hang of "purl two together through the back loop." The pattern is a joy, though. I suspect that I will make it again. And again.

Wow - what a lovely pattern. I'm definitely going to add it to my queue. Thanks.

Love it! It feels so good to use that 'long lost' stash yarn! Enjoy the 2nd go around :-)

I would love to hear your tips on weaving the ends in. I find blankets, the ultimate no-bad-side object, the most difficult knits to hide yarn ends nice and neatly.

Ooh, I like that pattern. I'm a little hesitant to add it to my queue though because I knit another blanket starting from the corner and I've found that the blanket doesn't quite square up. It drives me crazy! Did that happen to you? Is there some trick I don't know about?

I knit this blanket about 3 years when I was pregnant with my youngest, based on your mentioning the pattern. I drove 45 minutes away to get a copy of it, I couldn't wait for the mail :)
Eli's is knit with Goa by GGH a bulky 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend.
It's a well loved blanket and a great pattern, though I do know what you mean by those ends. Lots!
Fingering weight yarn is very ambitious! But hey, we all love knitting, it's why we're here.

It's really beautiful! I'm going to have to try this one.

One of my first knits when I picked knitting back up as an adult was an Oat Couture sweater, and like you, I have the feeling it got me going in a good way.

Love the look of this blanket. Will have to look up the pattern and give it consideration. With niece and nephews procreating like bunnies at the moment, blankets are always needed.

I fear I am a willy-nilly end-weaver! Help! Would love any tips for this. As always, your work is beautiful and inspirational. (I think we all are hoping to see pictures of your upcoming "project," too.)

Happy blanket knitting! I too would love to hear how you solve the weaving-in-ends problem. I made an intarsia blanket this fall for a baby nephew--it was adorable but the back ended up so messy that I finally backed it with fleece. Not a happy experience on the whole (though I learned a lot!)

Oh I LOVE using yarn that has been the ol' stash forever, that makes me so happy! I like the Oat Couture patterns and will keep my eye open for this one.

Very nice. Sure hope you're planning to keep this one!

Have you tried using a Russian Join so you don't have ends to weave in? After I learned that - I use it all the time. If you Google it - you can find videos showing how. The blanket is wonderful! I also re- knit the same pattern if I find one that works for me.

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