Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Log Cabin Blanket

I finished this little blanket just shy of the two year mark. I started knitting this blanket in June 2007 and finally completed it last weekend. I am so glad to have it finished and out of the WIP pile. The blanket is finished and that is the best part - it is a little smaller than I had originally hoped, but there is now way I have the patience to order more yarn and add more knitting time to this project. The last few rows of garter stitch really started to drag on and on!

I don't think I can knit another log cabin blanket - or at least one the is made up of only one square. I might be able to complete one if I used smaller individual squares. but the one large square was what enabled me to get the swirl of the three colors. I think one of my mistakes was trying to knit a blanket on size US #6 needles; probably too small for a real blanket. I won't be knitting another blanket with needles that small again.

The finished blanket is 40 inches square. It is probably a little small for an adult to use for curling up on the couch. It is also a little on the heavy side and the garter stitch does make it kind of stretchy. But it is machine washable and the stitching is nice and tight.

I had thought about finishing the blanket with an applied i-cord border, like I did for my Lizard Ridge Afghan. but in the end I just finished with a regular bind off; the edge is actually kind of nice and simple that way.

I had a little yarn left over. I probably could have knit two additional bars, but I liked how I ended up with an exact square with a matching amount of bar on each side of the center square. Each bar is only two inches wide, so it wouldn't have added a whole lot to the finished size anyway.

Project Info

Pattern: How to Log Cabin from Mason Dixon Knitting
by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Yarn: Socks That Rock Heavyweight
100% super wash merino wool
each skein: 350 yards / 6.98 ounces
colors: Lemongrass, Thistle, Knitty Rocks / 2 skeins each
Needles: addi TURBO US# 6 (4 mm)
Finished Size: 40" square
Notes: Center square is 4x4 inches and each band is approximately 2 inches wide

19 comments:

gudrun said...

it's wonderful - i love these colors! i think it was much work so you worked so long...

greetings - gudrun

Sara said...

Beautiful! Just gorgeous. The two year time frame is really intimidating. Good job on finishing it!

Monika said...

I like it, it's gorgeous!

mom said...

What a lovely blanket. Colors are really nice the way they turned out. You should really be proud of not only how beautiful it is but also on finishing it! It makes me think of the things I have in the closet that I started longer than two years ago and don't even think about finishing them now!!! Great Job!!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

It is gorgeous! Two years...great job!! Oh, my pink one needs to be focused on.... I still remember us talking about colors! Love it!

Deb said...

Love it!! I did one once and gave it as a baby blanket - three years ago! He still carries it around as his lovey!!

Stephanie said...

It's beautiful. I'm sure you're sick of it right now but at some point you'll look at it and think you might like to knit another one. :)

Bezzie said...

I love the way it swirls! I did a multi-block one and yeah it's not much more exciting!

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I'm impressed that you knew that the colors would look good together.
mdknitr

Julie said...

What a beautiful blanket! I applaud you for sticking with all that garter stitch!

turtlegirl76 said...

It's so pretty! I love the colors you paired up. I'm sure you'll find a use for the leftovers. =) It's probably a nice enough size for a lap blanket, eh? Just enough.

Zonda said...

Yay for finishing! I bet it feels great! Love the colors you picked out, looks super! :)

Eva said...

I love the way the garter stitch makes each colorway pop. Congrats on finishing. Hope you enjoy it!

Anne said...

Congratulations on finishing! I don't know that I could have finished all of that garter stitch. It looks great!

cpurl17 said...

What an accomplishment! It's gorgeous!

Batty said...

Wow, I love it! Great blanket.

Karen said...

It's really pretty! It would make a great kid/baby gift if you think it's too small for an adult. It must feel good to finish it after all that time.

Theresa said...

Yea!! I'm glad you finally finished that project. :) I remember when you found the pattern and said you would make this. I was still in NC at the time. It turned out beautiful.

katty said...

Nice blog!! very interesting.I prefer a warm and smooth blanket because i love to feel comfortable in my bed, that is why is very important the quality of the blanket all the time. I always chose the better ones when by husband buy viagra and decided to pass a great time with me.