I’ve never been good about planning Holiday gift knitting. By the time I think of it, October is usually half through, and it might just be too late. Yeah for us though, that Interweave puts out their Special Issue – Holiday in September:
When the call for submissions went out earlier this year, I just fell in love with their mood board. Visions of woolly sweaters with Nordic motifs danced in my head. I thought, “what if I could cut open a couple and make them into a blanket…and added batting and soft flannel?” So I swatched, and raided my stash of fabric from past pairs of Christmas PJs for the flannel backing. It was gloriously warm, and comfortable. It’s 10″ x 12″ size was like a baby’s snuggy – I carried it around with me like a toddler.
I submitted my concept, only enlarged to wrap an adult, while being able to tuck under toes, and included dimensions for a crib size. I was so thrilled that they accepted my Reindeer Woods Lapghan project, and now you can enjoy it too!
It starts with a band of 1 x 1 ribbing, just like the bottom edge of a sweater. Worked flat in Fair Isle, you will knit your way from the Forest Floor to the Forest Canopy, and each half with simple Stockinette st. To make the generous 46″ x 63 1/2″ less cumbersome, it is worked two in halves and grafted together (with a special note about using a Russian join). I love the way the rustic Cascade 220 Sport paired with the Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel. I have to say, this was the first time I’ve ever used a real woven flannel, not just the flannel that is printed on top. It is a substantial piece of fabric, and beautiful on its own. It’s perfect for shirts, too! I’m dreaming of getting more and sewing a skirt for the winter with it.
I made another sample – this one of the baby blanket size out of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in solids, and using the new Tonals – yum! Total baby squishiness! and machine washable, as well. I found a whimsical cotton plaid (cheaper because it’s a print) for my backing, and made sure my batting was also machine washable just to be safe:
Thanks to Amy and Celia for letting me takes pictures of their sweet babies – Ethan & Valerie – so adorbs!