I started this blanket a few weeks before Desmond was born. I was completely over being pregnant and needed something to distract me. Mostly, I just needed something to keep my hands busy that didn’t require a whole lot of thinking.
I took this blanket everywhere I went and would have taken it with me on all my labor walks if I could have carried it without tripping all over the place. I should have named it my sanity blanket…
Knitting usually takes me forever, and I end up losing interest because it take so long for me to see progress. Somehow, I managed to knit almost five out of six skeins of yarn in just a few weeks. My idea worked! I managed to keep my hands busy, and my mind somewhat off the fact that little mister still hadn’t arrived.
I finished up the last skein this week, and I love the way it turned out! It is kind of a weird size, since it is really wide and not very long, but perfect for a lap blanket to cuddle up with at story time. I used six skeins of yarn total: three of Lion Bran Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman and three in Barley. It really does remind me of an old fisherman’s sweater, and for some reason, that makes me really happy!
Here’s a quick how to for this super quick and simple blanket:
Gather as many balls of Wool Ease yarn as you like and US size 13 circular needles (9 mm). Start with one ball of yarn and cast on about 110-120 stitches. (The more you cast on, the wider it will be. Mine ended up being about 60 inches wide by 36 inches long.) Knit until you have 11 rows, switch colors and knit 11 rows with that color. Repeat until your blanket is as big as you want it to be!
Like I said… Super simple and very little thinking!