Estonian Lace for A Baby

It is finished.

I finally knit and attached the lace border to my baby blanket.

And I blocked it (even though it is cotton/linen and probably didn’t need to be blocked).

It is the Crown Prince Square Shawl from the book by Nancy Bush titled “Knitted Lace of Estonia” knit in Knit Picks Cotlin, Cashew.

Ravelry Project page here.

I am not the only one here who loves it.

Three things about this blanket:

1. Estonian lace is absolutely beautiful and someday I will knit it in laceweight. That said, I am so pleased how it turned out in DK and cannot wait to wrap the new baby in it come June.

2. I followed all the directions for this blanket (only changing gauge and size) because I wanted to experience the traditional methods laid out in the book. Now that I have done that, I will never knit a lace border separately and sew it on later. I am not terribly pleased how it went together, and if it were a delicate shawl I would be very unhappy. There are directions in the book for knitting the border directly onto the center peice, and that is how I will approach the next project I make out of this book.

3. I learned some really cool new things with this knit besides the traditional shawl construction. Things like the cable cast on, the k2tog bind off and how to figure the size of the border. I will definitely be using these new skills in the future.

So, there it is, the baby blanket of glory.

I just can’t stop taking pictures of it. 🙂

Finished

When one casts on project after project with sweet abandon (as I have a tendency to do), one finds themselves in long periods of not getting anything done. But a deadline is a deadline and I hate to be late. So last night, I decided it was time to get this one done. I may have stayed up later than I should have. I may have watched too many episodes of Smallville. I may have to take a nap today.

But it is finished.

The Baby Shower Knit Together Blanket in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

I have three things to say about this:

1. This was harder than I anticipated. There were no two blocks of the same shape and size, but I had planned for that by getting a springy yarn that I could stretch as needed. But, having never put together a blanket before, it was a new experience and a real challenge making it look right.

2. It is small. It measures 21″x 34″. I was going to put a big, fat border around it to make it bigger, or I even thought of knitting around each peice to make them all uniform. But, the Mama wanted it small. And the yarn really is stretchy. It will probably end up being perfect to wrap a tiny baby in.

3. Only one guest in twelve  did not participate. There is a square from the Grandma, two great aunts, two aunts, the Mama, and lots of friends. It is such a treasure, I am honored to deliver it to her. I hope she likes it as much as I do!