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Published: November 4, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 149

Lara Neel
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I am pretty happy with this little project.

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The yarn for this blanket is extremely soft, lovely and PINK.

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This is the back of the seam.

Elspeth's Surprise Baby Blanket

I cast on for this blanket and knit it at top-speed to deal with my anxiety while my sister was in labor. All I had was a sketch and big pile of pink yarn.

Just a word of warning: seam. I didn't plan this blanket very well. If I had, I would have broken it into three strips instead of two, so that I would have had two seams instead of one. Maybe it's because I'm a photographer, but I don't like lines right down the center of things.

I realized this would be a problem when I was too far in, though, so I just had to keep on. In the end, my seam looks pretty good. The blanket almost looks seamless right now. It remains to be seen how good it will look after a few months of use.

Also, don't freak out. There is no seam allowance with this blanket. Not one stitch. Not half a stitch. NO seam allowance. Instead, do not slip stitches or anything else at the beginning or end of rows. At the end, I gained a little confidence from Margaret Fisher's book, Seven Things That Can Make or Break a Sweater and worked a seam that I think looks pretty great, if I do say so myself. If you're not comfortable with the no-seam-allowance thing, feel free to add your favorite kind of edge treatment and seam it in a way you like. I suggest trying one or two methods on gauge swatches, just to see what works best for you.

What I did is similar to this method, discussed in the Twist Collective, but I used the absolute edge, not one stitch in. The main thing, I've found, is it is really important to be consistent.

Chat

Lorajean was so nice to chat with me. We talked about Community Supported Knitters, All American, and the fact that I somehow thought Vickie Howell was allergic to wool when, really, it's Amy Singer. There is a little background noise, but I hope it's not too much.

Links

- Knitted Wit Blog

- Knitted Wit on Etsy

- The Sass Class group on Ravelry

- Knitted Wit on Facebook

- All American

- Sincere Sheep

- Curious Creek Fibers

- Vickie Howell isn’t allergic to wool, as far as I know, but Amy Singer is. She even wrote a book about how to avoid it in your knitting.

- Best of the Northwest