Welcome back to Design with Me! I’m so excited/nervous to finally start designing this blanket! If you missed my first post talking about inspiration, you can read that here.
via GIPHY Excited to start but realizing I have to do math…
Alright…let’s get to the good stuff. So, since my last post, I have officially decided on a yarn. I knew that I wanted to go with Vel-Luxe just because it’s so soft and luxurious. But, I was torn between two colors – Lilac and Dusty Pink. Ultimately, I decided on Dusty Pink because it’s literally my statement color. What yarn are you using?
So to keep this as basic as possible, but also super squishy, I decided to go with garter stitch. I love this super simple stitch because it’s easy to understand and also looks beautiful when it’s all worked up. I wanted to go with a simple stitch since it’s my first time designing a pattern and I wanted to keep the math super simple on this. First time knitting? Here are some great video tutorials to get you started! For this all you’ll need to know is cast on, knit stitch, and bind off.
Alright…I’m just gonna say this now. I HATE GAUGE SWATCHING!!! I just like getting started and working on my project! But, if I have learned anything working at a yarn company and constantly making things…gauge is essential. For this, look at the back of your yarn label to see the suggested gauge. For Vel-Luxe it suggests a 4.5mm needle to achieve 16 stitches by 24 rows to give me 4″. For my gauge swatch I ended up being right on gauge with a 4.5mm needle. Be sure to double check your gauge! This is what we will be using to find how many stitches we will cast on!
I want this blanket to be a nice throw to go on the couch. So that works out to be about 48″X60″. I found this great chart by Mama in a Stitch that breaks down blanket sizes
For this week’s homework…do a gauge swatch with the yarn that you’re going to use for your blanket! We’re going to need that for next time when we figure out how many stitches to cast on so we can officially get started on our blanket!