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Friday, December 2, 2011

FO Friday #30 - Old for New... plus a giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone. Welcome to my 100th post!!

I'm really excited about this FO. It had definitely been one my bigger projects of the year and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Old for New

Designer: Kristen Rengren

I really really love this pattern. It is based on a 1940's design for a baby blanket. I borrowed the Vintage Baby Knits book from my local library and it has some really great looking patterns in it. It has been added to my knitting book wish list.

The pattern is quite clever because the honeycomb texture is achieved through slipped stitches and you never have to knit with more than one colour at a time. To top it off, the edging is designed to curl so you can carry your colours up the side and avoid weaving in 70 quadrillion ends (really! I counted!)

Want to see the back?

100% cotton 
DK weight

The original pattern calls for a worsted weight cotton. I couldn't find a cotton or colours I like in a worsted weight.  I doubled up the DK making something of a bulky yarn. I love the look with the thicker yarn. 
I was a little worried about knitting with cotton on such a big project but I found this yarn to be lovely to work with. It clearly isn't elastic like wool but it didn't feel stiff at all.

I used 6.5 skeins of green & 5.5 of the white with 6mm needles for my project.

I swatched and adjusted the number of stitches for the more bulky yarn. The pattern called for 14 repeat and I also needed to do 11. Other than that I followed the pattern exactly.  My finished project is slightly smaller than the pattern calls for but still plenty big enough for a baby's blanket.

I loved both the process of knitting this blanket and how it turned out. I would definitely consider making another one one day. This is the first time my baby gift has been finished before the baby! He/she was due yesterday but has yet to make their appearance : )

Now for the thing you have all be waiting for...
In celebration of my 100th post, it's time for my first giveaway!

I have a lovely skein of DK Superwash from a Canadian indie dyer (DyeCauldron.com) that I'm begrudgingly  just barely willing to part with.

Would you like to take me home?
All you have to do is leave a comment by the end of the day on Sunday. Please include contact information (such as an email address or Ravelry ID or twitter account). I will figure out how to use the random number generator thingy to pick a winner and I will announce the winner on Monday! I'm happy to post anywhere worldwide so please feel free to enter.

While you are waiting to see if you won, why not head over to Tami's blog and see some more fabulous FO's?

Cheers, Nikki


  1. Congratulations on 100 posts Nikki! I've enjoyed reading every one of them.
    The blanket is beautiful. What a lucky baby! XX

  2. I love the blanket. It looks so snuggly. What a lovely yarn to give away. Thanks for offering it. Congratulations on 100 posts!

  3. I love the blanket so much :) I love honeycomb patterns, and the colours you chose look great (I always like it when people do baby knits in non-traditional colours!)

    Also, congrats on your 100th post!

  4. I have yet to try a honeycomb pattern but it seems the perfect pattern for a baby blanket! Just enough fancy looking to look unique but cozy and plenty of texture for baby to cuddle in. Congrats on 100 posts!

  5. That baby blanket is lovely and looks like it will be very warm and squishy!

    Rav: GingerLee25

  6. Great job on the blankie! It will be well-loved, for sure. Congrats also on hitting the century mark!

  7. Wow! what a great blanket and congrats on the 100th post!

  8. Congratulations on 100 posts! The blanket is beautiful!

  9. i love that honeycomb pattern looks wonderfully squishy ..congrats on a 100 posts! raineoc@yahoo.com

  10. The blanket is just gorgeous. I love it that the edging hides the yarn being carried up. Congrats on 100 posts!

  11. Blanket looks fabulously squishy and cosy. Hooray for not having to weave in gazillions of ends!

  12. Wow, the blanket is gorgeous! I love it, especially the colors you picked.

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! You know where to find me. ;)

  13. The blanket is darling! Too bad I have already knit all the baby blankets I need right now. Enter me in the contest. That yarn is gorgeous!

  14. Beautiful blanket, Nikki! And congratulations, of course, on your 100th post - you're amazing and inspiring. xoxo

  15. I'm glad you showed the back of the blanket, I was very curious what it looked like! Awesome giveaway!


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  17. Woohoo 100 posts! Secretly I've read every one :) Congratulations and le bebe blanket est magnifique!

    (total oops on the deleted "Unknown" post)

  18. That is one stylish baby blanket! The honeycomb pattern is so cool, especially knitted up in those colors. Vintage patterns are so wonderful and that book is filled with adorable patterns.

    Congratulations on reaching 100 posts!


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