Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lace Baby Blanket

Near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge after the Rhinebeck Festival

Pattern Notes
Breeze Lace Baby Blanket from Karabella

Yarn: Karabella Breeze (40% cashmere; 60% silk)
Colors: #26 pink
Needles: US 5 circulars & size E crochet hook
Gauge: 20 sts and 36 rows = 4" over lace pattern
Care: Hand wash in mild soap. Lay flat to dry.

I started this project sometime after my August trip to Maine where I bought the yarn. I finished it in early October and was only waiting to post it until after I gave it to its new owner, Maura, who is due in about 2 weeks. I spent a lot of time early on "tinking" and if not for that, it would have probably taken only about a month or so (also, while it was my main project at the time, it was not my only project).

I didn't make any modifications to this pattern, other than repeating the lace section only 21 instead of 24 times. The pattern called for only 5 balls of Karabella Breeze (which I finally found at a shop in Camden, and have never seen in person before or since), but I never would have been able to do three more repeats with what I had left. The blanket is more than large enough anyway.

I highly recommend both this pattern and this yarn (and no, I do not work for Karabella Yarns). I saw it knitted up at Saratoga Needle Arts laying across a baby's cradle and I loved it. I bought the pattern there, but I can't remember seeing the yarn there. They probably have it and I was just not ready to buy it at the time or something.

This was my first somewhat complicated lace pattern and while it took a lot of "tinking" at first, I was able to learn the pattern eventually (although not memorize it since it's a 12 row repeat and I have a terrible memory). The yarn is definately worth the price, although if you want to do all 24 repeats (36 more rows than I did), I recommend buying an extra skein. It is so soft and luxurious to work with and definately will feel nice against a baby's skin. I think it got even better when I blocked it after first washing it in some mild soap (actually I used Victoria's Secret Gentle Affection Lingerie Wash). It smelled so good for a while after I soaked it.


Cristina said...

oooh this is really really beautiful! it came out awesome & so unique to boot.

Cara said...

oh my this blanket is so exquisite! Heirloom quality for sure! I need to make this. Thank you for sharing!

Veronica said...

The blanket is beautiful. If I got it as a gift I don't think I would be able to use it, too pretty.