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Ferris Wheel Baby Blanket

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Home Decor
Sizing Children
Style Whimsical, Mod, Funky, Cute
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What was your source for this knitting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Knit Ferris Wheel Blanket/Chart

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What materials did you use? 3 colors of worsted weight yarn

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What are you most proud of? First, I knit a gauge swatch. Then I designed the Intarsia chart using Microsoft Publisher on a PC. The chart is a table of rectangles whose size exactly matched the size of the stitches in the gauge swatch. I worked with the top left quadrant of the blanket first. It fit exactly on one 8.5" x 11" page. When the top left quadrant was complete, I made a mirror image of it for the top right quadrant. Then I made the bottom 2 quadrants as mirror images of the top 2 quadrants. I added more rows to the bottom 2 quadrants to make room for the ferris wheel base. I call this "computer knitting". I use my computer to create the first draft of a new pattern. Then I knit a sample from the pattern draft and write many additions, updates, and corrections. When the sample is complete, I block it and confirm the gauge. Then I return to the computer to edit the pattern. My students test the new pattern for me in class. Based on their feedback, final edits are made on the computer. Then I publish the pattern for sale on my website www.evelynArts.com and here on Craftsy.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? The most challenging part about designing this pattern was devising a strategy foir drawing the Intarsia chart. The computer was the best way to do this! The most challenging part about knitting this design was managing up to 13 different strands of yarn on the back of the work. I used bobbins only for the large areas of color around the edges and for the orange and white donut shapes in the center. The other strands were no more than 24" long that I wound into little butterflies" and left them to hand loose. When each row was complete, I took the time to untangle all of the strands.

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Cute! And such a lovely idea! You need to add more fair attactions like a merry-go-round and a roller-coaster... !

05/19/2013 Flag

Thanks so much for your comment! I'm thinking of entering this blanket in the Los Angeles County Fair this summer. That sounds like an appropriate place to display a ferris wheel. I've entered many items and won many ribbons. It's so much fun to see my work ond display. That's what encouraged me to start teaching and selling my patterns over a decade ago.

05/24/2013 Flag