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6 November 2013

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday again, and I have a new WIP to show you.

I finally started the Zig Zag Baby Blanket, you may remember I bought the yarn back in September.  I had originally planned to knit the Zig & Zag Blanket and bought the yarn accordingly, planning to substitute the 4 ply for DK.  I then came across the Zig Zag Baby Blanket and decided to knit this one for a change.  What I didn't check was the quantities of yarn, this pattern is designed to be done in aran/worsted weight so I knew I would have to adjust to get the measurements I wanted.

Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK
When I was 5 colours in I got the tape measure out and realised that I was never going to have enough yarn. Each colour is taking 30 grams, that would not leave enough for another repeat of the colours.  I have 11 colours - natural being used twice, and I want the finished blanket to be approximately 60" long, thus about 3 repeats!



So yesterday morning I got on the net and went to Sconch Textiles, where I had bought the original yarn and put an order in for another 9 balls. I'm very pleased to say the parcel was on my doorstep this afternoon, how is that for a prompt service?



I wasn't too sure about the colour combo when I started but as the blanket is growing, it is growing on me. I still have red, natural and pistachio to go before I start repeating.

Let me know what you think of it, and let me know if you too have ever underestimated yarn for a pattern.

9 comments:

  1. Lovely :) it will be a great blanket

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  2. I love how bright those colours are. It looks really nice and happy! I think pretty much everyone has underestimated the amount of yarn required at some point. I did on a shawl that I had to make the small version of rather than the medium. I ended up just frogging the whole thing as I wasn't happy and couldn't get more yarn.

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  3. I think the colours are terrific! I'm glad you were able to find more yarn. I am an over-estimator of yarn. I worry about running out, so always order a bit extra. When I was in Shetland I bought a baby jumper kit at J&S, and didn't buy an extra ball of the main colour. Sure enough, I didn't have enough, and am now waiting for my order for more to arrive so I can finish the sweater. It was an expensive mistake.

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  4. I think the blanket is beautiful. I'm often short of yarn. :-) It's great if you can order again and get the same colour shade. But with stripes it's not that important.

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  5. Amazing project! The color are so bright.

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  6. That is coming long nicely. Glad you were able to get the extra yarn.

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  7. Beautiful! What a happy blanket, I love your colour palette

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