Friday, May 2, 2008

Star Light, Star Bright

Lace Star Cloth Knitting Pattern
Lion Brand Pound of Love in Denim color
Size 7 knitting needles

I was inspired to knit this baby blanket by this post on Linda's blog, Dances With Wools.

The original pattern can be found here.

The original pattern is gorgeous and I followed the basic pattern.
I did change a few things.
Instead of SSK, YO I did K2TOG, YO.
My reason for this was that I did not want the two sides of each point to appear identical. I wanted to achieve the play of light you can see in the photo so that each point had a dark half and a light half when light hit it. I achieved my goal quite nicely and am very pleased with the result.
The other thing I changed was the edge. My edge is two rows.
The first row is P2TOG all the stitches that would have been K2TOG, the YO's stayed the same.
The second row I knit all the P2TOG stitches and purled the YO's.
For the bind-off I was really worried about running out of yarn so decided to try my own idea. I knit 1, slipped 1 as if to purl, then passed the knit stitch over the slipped stitch. I continued thisall the way around.

Since my yarn was acrylic, I did not have to worry about the bind off being stretchy as my blanket would never be blocked,
All mine got was a quick run through the washer and dryer. It came out just the way you see it.
If the original pattern were extended, I would have worked it to row 92.
If you knit this you may want to spread out each section every now and then to check for errors. I frogged 16 rows once because I simply did not see an error. It was not a big one, and I am not sure exactly how I made the mistake, but once I saw it, it glared at me till I redid it.

Final measurements are 28" from center to tip of point and 19" from center to edge between points.
I think it will make a good baby or lap blanket. It does not yet have a special someone to go to.

Oh, and in case you are interested whether my worries about running out of yarn were valid, I had 63" of yarn left at the end.


Lil Knitter said...

It's gorgeous, Susan!
Love the color!


Katknit said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! Thanks for reading and linking to Dances With Wools!

Shay said...

Thanks for showing us now it could be done...what a pretty little blanket that would make for a Christmas baby.