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Introducing Munchkin

July 12th, 2010

James

Introducing Munchkin… a modern baby blanket pattern to knit.

Right now, I’m struggling with some of the details on my latest design. Because I can’t blog about it in any detail, or with photos, I thought I’d write a bit about the Munchkin Baby Blanket instead.

I’m absolutely enthralled with this design. There may be lots of colourful garter stitch blankets out there, but this was completely enchanting to design. I’ve been playing around a lot with provisional cast ons lately, in order to make truly seamless and reversible pieces of fabric.

In the case of this blanket, the cast ons are along the center ‘ribs’ of the design, then worked in ever decreasing rows to the four small triangles along each edge.

Munchkin Blanket

The pattern is fully reversible. I had to invent a new-to-me way of picking up stitches along the edges to knit on the borders. My technique uses a crochet hook with single crochets. It gives a bit of a decorative look to the picked up edges, without making that little folded over edge you normally get when picking up.

I also wanted to make the most of the great baby colors dyed by Tanis. This is her Green Label Aran yarn, in four citrusy shades that I picked up from The Purple Purl awhile back. The yarn is mostly solid, with just a hint of hand painted shading. It’s awesome in garter stitch; so simple yet impressively subtle.

Munchkin Blanket was one of those projects I couldn’t put down. Because every other row decreases, and the color changes come up quickly, there’s always something to do, yet it’s easy and predictable enough to be just fun to work on.

The actual knitting of the project went so fast. I think I cast on back in March and was 90% done within a week. I put the project aside for awhile to ponder the edge treatments. I had initially tried a different, more complex treatment, that ended with angled triangles in each of the four corners. The idea was cool, but it unfortunately just looked junky after I’d cast off.

So, back to the drawing board. In the end, I decided on a more log-cabin effect for the four edges. Two are shorter, and two are longer. And I’m thrilled with it.

Munchkin Blanket

I published the pattern last Friday morning, but haven’t taken the time to really talk about it yet. There’s just been a lot going on in my world lately, and while I’d rather just throw myself into a big bucket of yarn, real life seems to get in the way sometimes.

So, what do you think?

Check out the full set of photos on Flickr >

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$5.00 US

Oh! If you’re looking for yarn ideas… the great thing about this pattern is it’ll work perfectly with any aran-weight or heavy worsted yarn. I ended up using 1.5 skeins in each of the 4 colors. It was a pricey project, but oh-so-spectacular. And I have plenty left for a wee baby sweater.

You could use anything from Cascade 220 to Mission Falls to Malabrigo to Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted. If you had a heavier yarn, you’d end up with a larger blanket. A thinner one? A bit smaller of a finished piece.

Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Introducing Munchkin”

  1. jackie zelt Says:

    What an adorable picture of James Amy – I love the blanket of course too! I didn’t realize you had done a little miss green jeans feature on Maddy as well. Again adorable.

  2. Em Says:

    that’s such a cute design! I’m going to put it on my list of to-knit projects. 🙂

  3. Fredda Says:

    I am having difficulty in joining the triangles without line showing…any suggestions?

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