Pattern: Colour Block Bias Blanket
Designer: from Purl Bee
Needles: 4.5mm circular
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills. Stellar in colours Pearl, Amber, Shell, Malachite, Silver Flame and Topaz. Dark orange is BWM 5 ply wool.
Let me tell you what is good about this pattern: If you are a lover of colour, stripes and down with simple knitting - this is the pattern for you. First of all, the pattern asks you to knit to the end of your yardage, per colour. That is as easy as it gets! No row counting or yardage calculations, just keep knitting! There are some simple rules in knitting to follow such as change colours on a right side row but that is a lesson quickly learned. This pattern is shown with gorgeously selected colours in kits that are available through the Purl bee site. In saying that, the beauty of a project like this is that you can virtually use any weight yarn, mix and match and even use up stash yarn. I will say the Stellar yarn that I chose has the perfect drape for a blanket. The Bamboo/wool mix is so soft for babies.
Extra bits you should know before casting on:
The increases worked on the first half of the blanket and the fact that you are always at the centre of the blanket (therefor you are always at the largest point) allow for any size blanket to be easily created. You could cast on this blanket on with basic knitting knowledge such as Cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch. Knowing the difference between your left and right increases is a must - but rest assured there are an abundance of tutorials out there, including on the Purl Bee site! The same goes for decreases which are knit two together (k2tog) and slip, slip, knit (SSK). All in all, this a genuinely fun project that I never got bored with!
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