I’m a mid-western farm girl transplanted to the West Coast. I learned to knit in my 8th grade home-ec class. My first major project as a beginner was making a lacy knit stole for my Grandmother. ...
I’m a mid-western farm girl transplanted to the West Coast. I learned to knit in my 8th grade home-ec class. My first major project as a beginner was making a lacy knit stole for my Grandmother. After a long hot summer of knitting, it won first prize at the county 4-H fair and a second place at the Indiana State Fair.
I’ve continued to knit off and on for over 40+ years. I prefer simpler projects like blankets and scarves because I’ve don’t like sewing pieces together. Semi-retirement has given me the time to explore new ways to be creative with my knitting. Hope you like what you see. Happy Knitting.
This blanket was designed for a friend's grandchild. The request was for a monkey design -- which never happened, but I did come up with this simple giraffe design - 6 giraffes of the same size walking across either end of the blanket.
What makes this blanket stand out is the braided tails. While some people think a child might pull the tails off, they were created to be very secure. A knot is tied to one end of 3 strands of yarn, then braided to the length of the tail on one side. The strands are then split, and pushed through the blanket on either side of a stitch and braided and knotted on the other side. This makes the tail secure and the blanket reversible.
As with all my patterns, the size can be easily adjusted by adding additional stitches between the repeats of the design, and/or adding additional stockinette rows in the middle to add length to the blanket. Of course additional yarn will be required if you do this.
This pattern is also included in an e-book "Going To The Zoo", which contain six patterns ; Elephants on Parade, Jack's Giraffe's, Lovable Lion, Camel Caravan, Kangaroo Mob, and Heap of Hippos. The ebook can be found on Ravelry only: http://www.ravelry.com/bundles/going-to-the-zoo
5 stitches / 7 rows per inch
900 yards of Worsted weight