Pinwheel baby blanket


This is Oat Couture’s “PInwheel Afghan,” a baby-sized blanket available for download on Patternfish.  Oat Couture has been designing wonderful knitting pattern booklets for decades. With the patterns now available on the web, that should mean that gobs of us knitters will find them more easily.

This is knit in an easy-care Plymouth Encore Worsted Tweed. I was aiming for a sophisticated look. Hopefully, the intended new mom will not just think the colors are drab.

The pattern calls for 1000 yards of yarn, and I needed just about every yard. I’ve knit this before and knew that the yardage was close, so I bought an extra just-in-case skein. Here  is the same pattern worked up in Encore Colorspun.


Pinwheel Baby Afghan

This is the garter stitch version of Oat Couture’s Pinwheel Afghan. A very sweet project that I finished several months back and forgot to post here. Joey is enjoying it these days.

It is an easy pattern, with short row shaping and a knitted-on border. It is worked up here in 1000 yards (less two feet) of Plymouth Encore Colorspun #7009. This is one of the more delicate and subtle shades in the series. Encore is an easy-care, 75% acrylic, 25% wool blend. Perfect for blankets. Perfect for babies.


Oat Couture’s Curlicue Coverlet

This was a fun, satisfying knit. Oat Couture says, “This beautiful coverlet is not for the faint of heart, but experienced knitters will enjoy exploring what can be done with short rows.” Exploring what can be done with short rows sums up this project perfectly. Each wedge is knit onto the next, with short rows used at both ends on the inner star of five sections. The wedges that touch the outer edge use short rows on just one side. Most clever. Most cool.

It’s smallish. Perfect as a large baby blanket or a small lap blanket. This one is knit in worsted weight at a gauge of 22 stitches per four inches. I had extra yarn so I didn’t sweat the gauge too much, but this is basically true to gauge. The stitch pattern is 4 rows: knit the first, purl the second, and knit the third and fourth.

Some knitters leave off the last four sections and end up with a really nifty shawl.  Some knit each wedge in a different variegated shade. Noro Silk Garden creates a stunning look. Others knit the inner star in one color and the rest of the sections in a complementary color. Still others have figured out how to use a two-toned treatment on that inner star. And knit up in one solid color, the changing direction of the pattern creates a quietly beautiful piece.

The photos are pre-blocking. Skeins on Main helped me out with the blocking by steaming the piece. Steaming smoothed out the curling-under outside edges and settled down a bit of bumpiness in sections of the inner star.

This is knit in a hand-dyed superwash. Rose dyed the yarn. That’s all I know about it (and her). Except that it is a beautiful colorway. I do wish I hadn’t had to consider taking out a mortgage to buy the yarn. But given the finished piece, it was worth it. Well done, Rose.