Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket

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Mary, Mary ... quite contrary blanket Pattern

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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

Category:

Knitting

Type:

Home Decor

Item:

Blanket/Bedspread

Skill Level:

intermediate skill level requirement Advanced

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic lace-knitting skills
  • ability to do a large design (this blocks out to 66 inches with a total of 602 sts)
  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

ETA: 12/27/13 -- there was a typo in the directions for Rnds 82-87; each rep has 86 sts for a total of 602sts in each round. A revised pdf has been uploaded.

Similar to my "Miss Ellie's Garden blanket/shawl", this one is a bit more spunky with it's bright colors (in worsted-weight cotton) and solid stitch-patterning; it's also a tad larger. The finished size of this heptagon is approx 66 inches across and is a joy to knit.

Worked in the round and starting at the center, you create a spiral-petaled focal-point. Switching to #10s and spoke increases, you begin to work shades of pink in the petals. I have added a few rounds of striping between the color changes to avoid harshness and blend the colors better. The final rounds are lime green leaves with a touch of the bright prink at the very edge.

The sample shown used:
Knit Picks Shine Worsted in the following colors (and amounts):
oColor 1 (center)Cream (30 yards)
oColor 2 (first pink)Blush (132 yards)
oColor 3 (second pink)Cosmopolitan (225 yards)
oColor 4 (leaf border)Citrine (225 yards)

This would also work up nicely in a solid color -- you'd need about 625 yards of worsted-weight cotton.

Directions are both round-by-round and charted

Gauge:

12sts x 16rnds = 4" stockinette worked in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- heptagon/circle blocks out to about 66 inches

Materials:

  • approx 625 yards of worsted-weight cotton (sample used four colors of Knit Picks Shine Worsted ... see notes for amounts)
  • US #8 dpns
  • US #10 circs (24- and 40-inch)
  • US #11 circs (40-inch length ... or longer)
  • stitch markers (7, with one different to denote beg of rnd)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

Suggested yarn:

625 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Shine Worsted

Colorway:

multiple (see above for notes)

About Designer

About Designer

Mary G knits on craftsy.com

Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... ...

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