Knitting up a storm! – Baby blankets and hatsBy
It’s been a very busy and fun week at Relief Share.
We’ve been knitting up a storm. Here is our latest set we made for charity. It is a USM bond knitting machine knitted baby afghan and matching hat made with scrumptious donated yarn (thanks so much to the folks who donated the yarn).
The colors are ice-cream, strawberry milkshake, tan and chocolate. This is a snuggly warm afghan and hat that will be given to the sick and needy. The afghan is the full width of the Bond knitting machine carriage with 4 extra inserts to make it wider.
It has a rolled him at the top and bottom and 4 rows of gather stitching down both sides. The stripes are narrower at the top and get wider at the bottom for interest – it looks really pretty and is very soft.
The hat was 40 stitches wide with an e-wrap cast on, knit 40 rows then begin decrease. Decrease every 8 stitches, then knit a row, decrease every 7, then knit a row (6, knit r, 5, knit r, 4, knit r, 3, knit r, 2, knit the last two rows) and with a yarn needle gather the last row and mattress stitch the seam up. This makes a longer hat so it can be pulled down over baby’s ears for warmth or rolled up when baby is newborn and smaller.