Monday, January 13, 2014

College Blanket

Being the crazy Aunt with too much to do, I tackled a knitting project for my two nieces and sister (and now a nephew) in college.  I thought it would be fantastic and really fast to knit them college blankets.  Since all three girls were the same year in college, I decided to make Jessica's first. She is after all the furthest north and could really use a blanket. Jessica is a senior now at University of Montana. I shipped her blanket out the fall of 2009 (she was Sophomore).  The colors were really pretty: Maroon and Silver.
 Grey Heather
Country Wine

Kelsey was the second blanket I made, given she was in the next northern niece. Kelsey goes to Central Michigan University.....Go Chips (yes, I am an alumni). She got her blanket the spring of 2010. The colors were maroon and gold, and were spot on for CMU colors.
Country Rose

Onto Amanda's blanket. She is the most southern one at University of North Carolina. My plan was to give it to her at Thanksgiving 2010. I spent all sorts of late nights working on it. The problem was, I decided to try a new pattern and the blanket turned out just awful. I ended up scraping it (still tucked in a drawer) and started over.  Fifteen months later....the blanket is done.  I don't know why it took so long to get the blanket done. It is really a super easy blanket to make. The colors for UNC are "Carolina Blue" and white. I didn't want to use white (it would be filthy before I ever finished it), so I used "Carolina Blue" and navy.
 Dark Country Blue
Light Country Blue

The stitches are knit, purl, yarn over and knit 2 together.  It is that simple. The blanket has a "pocket" on the underside (see photo at top) so you can put your feet in it and they stay covered and snug.

I used size 13 (US) knitting needles and 3 skeins (Caron Simply Soft) of each color (holding the colors together and knitting them as if a single yarn).

You can purchase the pattern at Fiber Space. The pattern is P-42 and is called the Icicle Toes LapWrap #1 (I call it the College Blanket).

Currently, I have one more I have to make....during the time it took to make the girls their blankets; my nephew started Central Michigan University this fall.  The way I see it, I have 3 and half years to get it done and I know the colors to use!

Now, I have a question for you all. I need to knit a baby blanket. Do you have a pattern you really liked making? Please leave me a comment if you do. I have one to make and just don't know what I want to do.

I am off to mail my sister, Amanda, at UNC her blanket! Thanks and have a great weekend.

I originally posted on Outnumbered 3 to 1.

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