Inspired by Purlbee’s Super Easy Baby Blanket I embarked on creating an adult blanket in the same fashion. While writing this post and gathering links I came upon their Super Easy Lap Blanket, which is essentially what I made, too.
I wanted to make a housewarming gift for Kadee and her kitties, Poppy and Charlie for their move to Baltimore. Knitting an adult sized blanket takes a very very long time…luckily it is and was still very hot in Baltimore, so the fact that they weren’t finished in time for her move and arrived a month later was okay, I think Kadee still has yet to cozy up in hers…although very soon when the autumn weather sets in I imagine it wrapped around her shoulders as she sits at the computer or on her lap when she’s curled up on the couch. The kitty blankets were considerably smaller and they are already kneading and enjoying them.
To make the color blocks large I used two skeins of each yarn, 4 colors total for the big blanket and two skeins of each, 3 colors total for the small ones. I would knit until one ran out and then begin the new one, always starting a new one on the same side I ended a color so the tails were all on the same side.
I used Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Superwash yarn for Kadee’s blanket and Vanna White’s yarn for the kitty blankets. They are both meant to be washed and dried easily. One kitty blanket has already gone through the wash and came out beautiful. I got advice from my local knit shop and used the information from the Super Easy Baby Blanket to come up with how many to cast on, and used a circular needle for all of them. Both yarns are very soft, couldn’t really keep my kitties off of them as I was working.
Even though it takes an amazingly long time to knit a large blanket it was very rewarding in the end to see it all complete and feel its weight and softness. I absolutely loved this project from beginning to end. Thinking of new projects to begin, I miss pulling out my knitting in the early mornings and evenings.