It’s time for a new project and as the days get shorter and cooler, I’m looking for a project to make me feel cozy and warm.
I have a knit blanket in mind, both cozy and warm, what better project for cool evenings?
I chose the Bubble Trouble Throw Blanket, a free knitting pattern from Lion Brand Yarns that recommends Wool-Ease Wow, a chunky yarn. As I want a generous-size blanket, but not too heavy, I’ll use another Lion Brand yarn, I’ll use Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn instead.
The bubble stitch gained a lot of popularity lately, there are cardigans, shawls, cowls, and hats taking advantage of the puffiness of this stitch. The blanket will be puffy, exactly as I want it.
It’s time to gather my supplies. The colors for the yarns sound like a healthy breakfast:
This yarn is machine washable and can be tumbled dried, it looks like I found the right yarn for the blanket.
The yarn calls for US 13 [9mm] needles and I need a longer cord to accommodate all the stitches of the blanket. I found the KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful 100cm (40″) Fixed Circular Lace Knitting Needle – 9.0mm (US 13) and I believe they’ll be perfect for the job.
I like the flexible memory-free cord with 1″ interval markings and the inspirational word engraved on each needle tip: INSPIRE.
I will need to swatch and adapt the pattern for the yarn I want to use.
There are a few other things to explore this week:
- Do I break the yarn every time I switch the color?
- How do I prepare the edges for the knit-on border required by the pattern?
- How big should the blanket be?
- What color sequence should I use?
I started with a simple swatch, by casting on 22 stitches and changing the color every 6 rows (or after each bubble row).
Join me tomorrow, I’ll take a closer look at the swatch and talk about how I adapted the Bubble Trouble pattern to use Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn.
This is part 1 of 5 in this series