It's time for spring cleaning! Let's use up some yarn and make a stash buster blanket for your little tater!
Last month I gathered
every yarn of which I had one or less skein. My intention was to figure out
what to do with it!
As I lay them all out on our ping-pong table (love that huge work surface!), I categorized them by color, regardless of the textures. Then I began to play matchmaker!
Have you ever just known that some items are meant to be together? That no matter the difficulties, you’ll find a way for them to be BFFs?
That’s how I felt with these yarns! Such diverse backgrounds, but with commonalities that would easily overcome the difficulties eventually. An arranged match, to be sure, but a felicitous one! (Can you tell I’ve been reading a historical romance lately? Lol)
All of the yarns are machine washable and dryable. And as you can tell, the colors are lilac, green and white. Oh, but the textures!
The Snuggly Wuggly yarns are just that, a lightweight baby-soft yarn from the Michaels store. The superfine weight RH Pompadour I had bought at a yardsale, and the labeling was pretty old. The Pipsqueak is a furry bulky weight yarn and so soft! Then there’s the squooshy-soft, super bulky Bernat Baby Blanket yarn that took some trial and error to include in this baby stash buster blanket. (I used the fine weight Baby Dazzle-also old from a yard sale- near the end when I ran out of the white Snuggly Wuggly.)
But I believe I overcame all obstacles to present to you this super simple
The stash buster blanket pattern I had in mind was designed by Katie Rose Pryal of the Knitty Professors. She called it the Sediment Scraps Blanket and posted it on Ravelry. I diminished the size to about 30 x 36 inches, perfect for little bitty bunkies! And this knit blanket pattern is sooo easy! It's all garter stitch! (I much prefer easy crafting! See my Crochet on Knit baby blanket here.)
Kfb – knit into the front and back of stitch. Increases by one stitch.
K2tog - knit two stitches together as one. Decreases by one stitch.
Prior to starting the pattern, let me explain how I used the different weights of yarn so that all would come out evenly in the end. If all your yarn is the same weight, you’re golden! Proceed to the pattern! :-)
Cast on 1 st
Row 1: Kfb
Row 2: Kfb, k1
Row 3: Kfb, k to end of row
Repeat Row 3 continually. Your stash buster blanket will begin looking like a garter-stitch triangle. When your blanket is the width you want it to be (mine is 30 inches), then you’ll start working up (length-wise) only.
Row 4: Kfb, k to end of row
Row 5: K2tog, k to end of row.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until your blanket is the length you want (I wanted 36 inches, so I knit rows 4 and 5 for six more inches in length.)
Row 6: K2tog, k to end of row
Row 7: K2tog k to end of row
Repeat rows 6 and 7 until your rectangle is complete. After you knit the last two stitches together, bind off and weave in the ends.