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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket - Stocking Heel Stitch

Every now and then, a package shows up on my doorstep from somewhere around the northeast. I always know what's in it, but it is still a surprise when I open the package. This time it was the knitted worsted weight oddball baby blanket called Circus Circus, in honor of Bridgeport, Connecticut's greatest showman, P.T. Barnum. The colors are fun and bright and I had a ball knitting my section onto it.

Circus Circus Oddball Baby BlanketHave you ever seen a more cheerful collection of colors for a knitted baby blanket? You can just imagine all the clowns and jugglers and other entertainers doing their thing in one of the three rings under the big top. My section was the green one at that top. I'll be adding a crocheted border too.

Stocking Heel Section of Circus CircusThe knit stitch I used is called Stocking Heel Stitch and is so easy to do. The first row is Knit 1, Slip 1 all the way across, ending with Knit 1. The second row is Purl all the way across. Repeat these two rows and you get what looks very similar to a standard knit ribbing, only it is much more sturdy and not quite as stretchy. It also is not reversible the way a regular knit one, purl one rib would be.

I think this stitch would be perfect for a sweater as it is very thick and warm. I have heard that it is used frequently for the heels of socks because of its ability to withstand heavy wear.

I'm in the process of crocheting the border onto this blanket in a very cheerful bright blue which I will definitely share with you when it is finished.

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Happy Stitching!

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  • Hi Mary Grace!
    That is one colorful little baby blanket! How cute! Can't wait to see the border you put on! Another new stitch that I've learned from you! It's a good thing I don't live close to you...I'd never get a thing done...LOL!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry, At April 1, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

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