Spring 2013: Sea of Dreams KAL
Would you like to make a baby in your life look this peaceful? Then you really need to join our upcoming Polkadotsheep KAL. We will be knitting Aimee Alexander’s Sea of Dreams Baby Blanket. This lovely blanket is one of Aimee’s most popular patterns and one worthy of heirloom status. Aimee originally designed Sea of Dreams for her youngest daughter.
One of my main goals for our KALs at Polkadotsheep is to choose patterns and projects that stretch our skills or help us learn new skills. The Sea of Dreams baby blanket is obviously lace. It has both charted and written directions. So you learn lace knitting, learn to read lace charts or discover you prefer written directions. Other skills and techniques you will learn are how to make a picot hem, making a knit in hem and various ways to achieve them and blocking lace.
Start date for KAL is April 1st and end date will be Mother’s Day, May 12th.
What is really wonderful about all of Aimee’s baby blanket patterns is she designs them to knit in three sizes. There is the small “lovie” size (16″x16″), stroller size (24″x32″) and crib size (30″x40″). If you don’t have a baby in mind immediately to share Sea of Dreams with you, I suggest you make the lovie size. It is the perfect size for babies to snuggle and carry around like Linus. Mommies will be wowed with your knitting skills when you find that lucky baby to gift with your Sea of Dreams. My favorite size for baby blankets is the stroller size, it is the perfect size for throwing over baby in a car seat too. The crib size is truly stunning and is a perfect christening blanket.
Join us in the Sea of Dreams KAL!
Pattern: Sea of Dreams Baby Blanket
Yarn: fingering/sock weight yarn 300 (650, 1000) yards / 275 (595, 915) meter. My recommendations would be Malabrigo Sock, Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, Dalegern Baby Ull or Sincere Sheep Agleam (great if you don’t want a 100% wool). Solids or semi solids will showcase the pattern best. But you should choose a yarn that inspires you to knit!
Suggested needle size: US 3 & 4 / 3.25 & 3.5 mm and a spare needle of smaller size for hem (or size to knit to gauge)
If you are like me and hand dyed sock yarns makes their way into your stash on a frequent basis, you might want to know roughly how many skeins of sock yarns you will need for each size. So here it is: Lovie = 1 100gm skein, Stroller = 2 100gm skeins and Crib = 3 100gm skeins.
Another very nice thing about knitting blankets is that you can use any weight of yarn, it will just size the blanket up or down proportionally. You will need to determine what is the most suitable needle size. Many of our yarns are very suitable for this pattern and babies. If you have a question about the suitability of a yarn, ask in the blog comments or in the Ravelry thread. We want you to enjoy the knitting process and have an end product that pleases you.
I am personally using a different yarn weight, Malabrigo Arroyo, it is a sport weight yarn. I am swatching to determine which size I want to cast on. The baby I am knitting the Sea of Dreams is a little boy and his mommy really likes grey for her boys. He will have to share the room decorated in greys with his older brother. Incidentally, I knit the big brother a vest in grey. But new babies need their own hand knits too. So Malabrigo Arroyo in Plomo it is.
Please join us. Aimee as the designer will be available to answer questions in the KAL’s Ravelry. Jamie H. will be assisting us again, she has knit the Sea of Dreams multiple times.
Also if you really don’t have any babies to knit for, you could knit a lovie size and use it as a center piece for a table or cast on less stitches to be narrower and make a table runner. We use the baby blanket shoppe models in the Knit ‘n Needle in all sorts of creative ways.
Watch the blog and Ravelry thread. I will be sharing helpful hints, photos and videos. Ask any questions you may have in the comments or the Ravelry thread.
So get your pattern and yarn, gather those needles and cast on with us April 1st. In the meantime, finish up any WIPs with our current Spring Clean Along running until March 31st.
Happy Knitting! Enjoy your weekend!