Finally, I am done with my blanket! I think that it will become a Christmas present since we don’t have red, white, and blue in our house – mostly just blue and purple. On the left side of the picture, there’s a red end that I hadn’t yet woven in.
I am thinking of starting a knit teddy bear for my next project and trying to knit him a sweater to wear, too. Actually, I think that it will end up being a “her” because I only have pink self-striping yarn that is thin enough for a teddy bear sweater.
Lots of folks have asked me if I would post the pattern for the Feather and Fan Blanket, and I would love to be able to do that. But (there’s always a but), I didn’t make the pattern myself. It came from a great “perpetual calendar” called 365 Knitting Stitches a Year. This “perpetual calendar” is a lot like a standard desk calendar but doesn’t include year numbers or day names. That way, you can use the same calendar year after year! It’s really a great tool for learning new stitches. I highly recommend it!
To make my blanket, I used the Feather and Fan stitch on the February 9 pattern. I cast on 110 stitches (the pattern says to use a multiple of 18 + 2). Each white or blue block is one skein of Lion Brand Chenille. Between them, I did 4 rows of red. You should get approximately 20 rows out of each skein. Be sure to change colors when working on the right side of the blanket. I also used a size 13 needle.
Working 2-3 hours per day, the project took me about a week. If I had to do it over again, I’d have used a different, chunky-weight yarn. I’ve found that the Lion Brand Chenille isn’t as durable as I would like and doesn’t wear very nicely.