You know me, I almost always have a back-up plan! When I decided to make one of these fairisle blankets out of cotton, my first thought was, ’the kid won’t be dragging this around very far, it’ll weigh a ton!’ Before the yarn even arrived, I was thinking about maybe lining it with flannelette. That was Plan B.
the first cat top. It was 375g alone. To put off pursuing plan B, I kept on
knitting fronts. After the fourth one (more on that later!), I began to add up
the reasons not to sew on a backing. The biggest issue was that the blanket top
needs to be washed to shrink it before sewing…all those long floats! What to
there was still a ton of the bright coloured yarn left, I knit the lining for
the first dog one and then the liner for the second cat one.
if the thing was going to be so heavy the kid wouldn’t be able to move under it?
It would be like that X-ray blanket they put on you in the dentist office -
that might be a good thing!
the I-cord binding on the dog one, with 4 stitches, playing with the stitch
size. I found that T5 worked nicely for the width/stitches edge and T8 for
every other row of the length sides. Finished it up, looked nice, but needs to
be washed before giving it out. It weighed 650g. I’m not sure what the acrylic blanket
my chance to commit to plan B. A trip to the fabric store brought me up short.
Crikey! Have you seen the price of flannelette? I was expecting five to six
dollars per metre. Ouch! the really cute printed ones were like $20 plus! One
of the nicer sales clerks told me some of them were going to be on sale on the weekend
for like 40% off – not the really cute ones, of course, but there was a plain
navy with a stripe that would run me about $12 total for what I needed. In the
meantime, I came up with a plan for washing the single-layer cats. Folded in half,
it fit nicely in a pillowcase. Using safety pins to secure the corners of the
blanket into the corners of the pillowcase and a couple in the middle so it
wouldn’t all ball up, I put it and the finished doggy one in the washer and
then the dryer. Wow! that worked well. Laundered the piece of flannelette with
some jeans – I didn’t want to put it in with the knitted pieces in case it shed
a bunch and caused some pilling.
still an abundance of the bright yarn remaining, I made a fourth front, dogs
again using ivory as the background – curious to see how much of a difference
the dark backdrop really does. I’ll admit, this was purely avoidance.
started finishing the second cats with a 5-stitch I-cord, just for comparison,
using the same tensions – this looks good!
grabbing the bull by the horns, so to speak, today is the day. Do it or get off
the pot! Got it done. Even though I do consider myself a decent seamstress,
this was not an easy job. Lots of pinning and re-pinning and straightening and
stitching. It is done. Likely most people would think it acceptable. Timewise
it was a little less than the totally knitted project. Finished weight, 510g.
Was it worth the anxiety or time?
No, and I’ll likely just keep this around for
when my brother comes to visit with his dog and see if Jersey will sleep on it…