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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oddball Baby Blanket Complete

Today I finished weaving in the ends of my very first Oddball Baby Blanket and I will be putting it in the mail this week. It was a fun and easy project to work on and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. At first I was a little concerned about crocheting onto a knitted piece, but of course that didn't stop me from signing up to do it. And then I was concerned about being the last person to work on a piece that six others had already spent so much time on. What if I ruined it?

Well, it's all fine and dandy and some little baby will just be so snuggly and warm underneath it.

Would you like to see what I did to finish it off?

Oddball Baby Blanket with crocheted borderFirst I attached my new skein of yarn to the work in progress and finished knitting the last few rows of garter stitch. Then I bound off the knitting using a technique called Crocheted Cast Off which uses a crochet hook in the right hand and the left hand knitting needle that the stitches are already on. This was a nice technique to use since I was going to be crocheting along this edge for the border. I'll be posting a video of this technique in a few days.

Oddball Baby Blanket with crocheted borderAfter binding off all the knit stitches, continuing with the same yarn and crochet hook, I worked a round of single crochet along all four edges, working three single crochet stitches into each corner. Then I continued going around the blanket with the decorative border pattern that I came up with for this blanket. It's pretty simple and goes like this:

* skip (sk) 1, 5 half double crochet (hdc) in next stitch, sk 1, single crochet (sc) in next stitch, sk 1, 3 sc in next stitch, sk 1, sc in next stitch *

Continue from * to * around working extra stitches into the corners to maintain pattern.

Oddball Baby Blanket with crocheted borderAnd here it is all finished and ready to be packaged and mailed. I am so excited to be on the list for a few more of these blankets in some very pretty color combinations. I like seeing the different stitches the knitters use and how it all comes together in the end.

Later this week, I'll have a video tutorial on the Crocheted Cast Off method of binding off knit stitches, and also a tutorial for crocheting around a knitted piece and the decorative border I used for this blanket.

Happy Stitching!

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