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April 27, 2012

My knitting (and crochet): it's giving me a sad

The only project on which I've made decent progress is the Arshile sweater.

I've knit and seamed the body and sleeves, and now have to add the placket and hood. The pattern has its quirks. For example, the knitter is instructed to pick up stitches around the armscye and knit the sleeves down to the cuff. That's fine. But the instructions have you knit the sleeves flat. Say what?!? Also, the recommended sleeve lengths do not take into account that this is a drop-shoulder design. Anyway, I've been making a few adjustments here and there, but sticking to the pattern for the most part. The sweater is coming out quite nice, in my opinion.

The rest of my projects just make me sad.

I have tried every conceiving edging for the crocheted chevron blanket: crab stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, decorative stitches, more stitches, fewer stitches... ETA: and, yes, i-cord, too. It all looks quite crappy in my eyes. The edge of the blanket is very loose and unstable to start with, and adding more stitches doesn't fix that. I love this blanket so much, and it kills me that I can't figure out how to finish it. Can anyone think of a reason why I couldn't enclose the two long edges in some double bias tape, and hand stitch it in place? I'd leave the short edges as they are.

Honeymoon blanket, the third is still not assembled.

The Prairie Blanket I intended to knit in time for Gregory's birth has been in hibernation forever, and he is nearly 11 months old at this point. Sigh.

At least the little boy is a constant source of happiness, makes me forget all my knitting troubles ;). Here he is, displaying some massive bed head.

Posted by Kathy on April 27, 2012 10:34 AM


The bias tape sounds like a great idea! And it's always great to see a picture of your beautiful boy.

I-cord is the answer. No reason you can't mix knitting and crocheting!

I second the i-cord suggestion!
And your boy is the cutest baby EVER!!!

Try I-cord! That blanket's too pretty to let go.

Your boy just gets cuter and cuter every time you post!

With regard to the blanket, I hand stitched bias cut fabric to the top edge of shawl, as my mother is allergic to lanolin, this meant the edge that would normally rub against her neck and cause a rash was tucked safely away in fabric. It looks pretty good, so I would just go for it if you have the right fabric.

Holy cow, that is one good looking baby.

Don't worry about your knitting and crocheting! You'll get back in the swing of things eventually. That first year of a first child's life is INSANE.

I finished my older child's baby blanket when she was 13 months old. She wasn't yet walking, so I figured it was in time, and I didn't have to call it her toddler blanket! At 4 1/2, she still takes it to school every day.

You yarn-stuff is always impressive, but that baby? Relentlessly adorable!

My goodness is he adorable. I agree with the I-cord edging. I think that's your answer.

Very cute baby! But you already know that!
I would imagine that your blanket might change shape, and the bias tape - not so much. But then again, bias does have some give. I would go for a knitted edge - probably I-cord as others suggest.

I wonder how the afghan edging would work if you went down a size or two on the crochet hook, then did 2 single crochets in the edge of each row? I'd probably do at least 2 or 3 rounds of SC, not just 1.

What about a fabric backing for the whole blanket, and then bias tape at the edges? I'm weighing the pros and cons of this idea for my own knitted baby blanket. I think pre-stretching and careful fabric selection could be used to avoid a blanket that will degenerate into a big puckered mess.

What about a knitted bias edging? It would wrap the edge in the same ways as a fabric tape and you could adjust the width according to how much coverage you need.

What about a satin blanket binding that is usually used for woven wool blankets? An adorable baby, and he won't know how long it took to make his blanket, lol...

Are you opposed to fringe for the edge of the blanket? Could take advantage of the looseness.

so my ripple blanket had no edging on the none jagged edges and looked fine. but i'm a pretty even crocheter. i see no reason why you can't just sew a fabric trim of some sort to it.

Is it safe to assume that you've also tried the easy trick of a smaller hook?

Maybe you could do an edging that was effectively crochet ribbing with front and back post stitches. My experience with those is that they have a bit more meat to them than some other crochet edgings.

Your baby boy is really the big compensation of all your knitting troubles. He's so beautiful.

Hello, Gregory! Hello, Walter!

Almost a year old already? You must be in shock. Is he walking yet?

Do you embroider at all? Blanket stitch might work if you do it with a long enough stitch. http://www.thenaturalstructure.com/sewing/hand/o_stitches/open-blanket_stitch.html - random link, it has a good, clear picture of how it's done.

Gorgeous child, and i cord experiment some more with it.

Ditto on the satin blanket binding.

How about a round of single crochet skipping every third stitch or fifth stitch to tighten it up then a round of reverse single crochet?

your boy is too cute!

Gregory is so cute..especially on a bad hair day. don't be too hard on yourseld...you've had a lot to do!

Bias tape would be just fine. Do whatever works. I finished a blanket edge like that with 10 rows of stockinette...I just used every big circular needle I owned, size 7-9, and worked through all the leftover yarn from making the blanket. It was chevron too, so I could increase/decrease around the chevron peaks/valleys.

You'll figure something out! Don't worry.

I was also going to suggest i-cord. So add in a vote for that solution to the blanket edging! :-)

So very, very cute. Your really lucked out in the kid department!
Re: the blanket - if I am remembering correctly, I THINK that Kay Gardiner said she did single crochet around a blanket to make a stable edge, THEN did an i-cord. You could search her blog to see if that is correct?

With those beautiful eyes and that cute little button nose, Gregory could talk me into anything he wanted!

When you tried the applied i-cord on the blanket, did you go down a couple of needle sizes? (Since I don't crochet, I don't know how hook sizes and knitting needle sizes relate to each other, though.)

You just enjoy the little one because that is the absolute most fun and best thing to do! Knitting can wait for different times and different days.

a grandma

Just chiming in my agreement, go ahead and apply bias to the misbehaving edge, it will work just fine!
Cute kid!

Massive cuteness overload!! He looks so much like you. So pretty what you've knitted. You still have gotten more knitting done than I :)

I know that you tried i cord, but have you tried multiple needle sizes? I have tried as many as 3 different sizes before finding a size that I like.

PS Beautiful knitwear and baby!

i-cord or bias either work work. As for the unfinished blanket, my mother finished mine in time for to give it to her granddaughter some 31 years later!!! Babies and toddlers just take up so much time. Just enjoy him and all of his milestones.

Knitted on I cord. Maybe 2 or 3 layers of it, like you would finish a purse.

And bed head, who are you kidding, that hair is his best feature, it is great.

Knit fewer blankets--more baby sweaters and voila, more completed projects!!! The projects are great and I don't know how you get any knitting done with a cute little one like that around!!!!

Gregory is gorgeous! How is it possible he's 11 months already?

There is absolutely no reason you can't sew bias onto the blanket edges. I think that's a great solution. You can even find a fabric you love with it and make your own bias. It may also be fun to add some colored prick stitches and make that "problem" finish a design feature. I know you'll come up with a great solution.

As your crochet "rounds" look to me at least to have the heigth of 4 rounds of knitting, I guess you did the Icord with 4 stitches and it looked, well, a bit too small for your taste. I am all with the comment of Kristen april 27 around 10 oçlock, a round of single crochet, skipping every now and then to keep the border even and then finishing of with an Icord of 5 or 6 stitches, just try for a few inches. I think a tad wider Icord might do the trick much more well looking.

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