My Cozy Bubble Blanket | Knit-on border and floats

Yesterday, I shared my experience of joining a new ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn using the braided method. Although it was a quick knit, it wasn’t as fast as I expected. As the blanket grew, I had to support it on my lap. Despite the KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful Needles doing an excellent job, I noticed that my knitting was slowing down, most likely due to the bubble stitch.

The Bubble Stitch creates a beautiful texture to this blanket.

I knitted it until the size reached the desired length of 60”, finishing with a grey bubble stripe to mirror the cast-on end.

I did bind off and took a deep breath. Now I must make the knitted cast on edge.

The Bubble Trouble Throw pattern instructions for the Border are as follows:

From RS working from left to right and placing sts on left needle, pick up and k1 st in each of the last 3 sts along top right corner of bind off edge so that the farthest right st is at tip of left needle; k1, k2tog –you will have 2 sts on right needle.

Notes: You will continue to pick up sts as you knit the border. To ensure that sts are picked up evenly, pick up 1 st in each st along bind-off and cast-on edges and pick up 1 st at the end of every other row alongside edges.

* Pick up and k1 st along Throw Blanket edge and place it on left needle, slip 2 sts on right needle back to left needle, k1, k2tog; rep from * all the way around outer edges of Blanket Throw and only 2 sts remain.

Abbreviations:

RS = right side

St(s) = stitch(es)

K = knit

K2tog = knit 2 together

Because I knitted the first and last stitch of every row only on the right side and slipped them on the wrong side, I picked one stitch in every “gap”. On the edge where I carried the floats, I made sure I caught the floats inside the border.

The knitted border gives the throw a polished look.

Here’s the look on the right side of the throw:

Knit-on border in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Barley using fixed circular needles from the KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful collection 100 cm (40″) 9mm (US 13).

On the wrong side, the border hides the floats, and the blanket looks neat.

Knit-on border, view from the wrong side of the throw

After using a lot of yarn, almost a full ball for the border, the project is finished, and it’s time to test the superwash qualities of the yarn.

I threw it in the washer and started a delicate cycle with warm water and just a few drops of mild liquid detergent. My anxiety was growing with every minute: what if I ruin it, what if it shrinks or felts? I should trust the yarn label!

When I took it out of the washer, I was happy to see that nothing bad happened, but I could not convince myself to tumble dry it, so I laid it flat to dry.

I feel prepared for the cool weather. I’ll brew some tea and get my favorite book handy. I can get warm and cozy during a cold day using my new blanket.

The finished Bubble Trouble Throw Blanket

The bubble stitch makes this throw an interesting knit. Knit it up in your favorite colors of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and KNITTER’S PRIDE Mindful 100cm (40″) Fixed Circular Lace Knitting Needle – 9.0mm (US 13) and knit your own cozy bubble throw blanket.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: My Cozy Bubble Blanket | Joining a new ball of yarn

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