Honeymoon blanket

I left it up to chance. I knit the mitered squares continuously, and let Katia Jamaica control the flow of the colors. And I think it turned out okay! Plus, I wasn’t entirely sure how I would like this arrangement of miters – a center square with “petals” radiating out, but I think I like it! Yes? No? Acceptable baby gift?

Pattern: I listed the full pedigree and evolution of this project in this post. It’s basically a combination of the pattern in Mason-Dixon Knitting, Mari’s Jamaica Baby Blanket, and Kay’s No-Sew Mitered Square Blanket tutorial. I threw in a few of my own modifications, and voilĂ !

Needles: US 5 circs; 24″ INOX Express for the main portion, and a longer Susan Bates Silvalume for the border.

Yarn: Katia Jamaica, color 4000, 4 skeins. The yardage of this yarn is perfect: one skein is enough for exactly 9 of those little miters. I didn’t run out of yarn and I had maybe 5 yards left over. The edging is GGH Sprint(discontinued), color 32, about a skein and a half, used while holding two strands together. Both yarns are machine-washable: a must-have for a baby blanket!

Finished dimensions: about 31.5″ square.

I was able to get nice, rounded corners by knitting what amounts to a wedge where two sides of the border meet. The actual increases are closed yarn-overs, which I always find stretchy and accommodating when it comes to maneuvering in tight quarters.

As I mentioned, I have no aversion to seaming or weaving in ends. But when it comes to a double-sided project like a blanket, I like both sides to look as neat and tidy as possible. I think I was able to make the wrong side pretty by weaving in ends as I went along.

Even though this blanket is destined to be a gift, I’ll always remember it as “my honeymoon blanket”. I hope the pleasant, sunny vibes travel along with it :).


77 thoughts on “Honeymoon blanket

  1. Sheila

    Oh Kathy – it is really cute! Do you really want to give it away? You might want to save it for your own babies!

  2. sallyA

    Oh, it is so perfect! I love the colors and the placement of both the colors and the squares. It just shows that it was a wonderful honeymoon!

  3. gail

    Great blanket–both sides. The baby who receives the blanket is one lucky baby. I frequently line baby blankets so that the “wrong” side is hidden under the lining of lightweight polar fleece. I tie the corners of the squares to the fleece with small pieces of yarn. It’s like an unstuffed quilt. Just a suggestion.

  4. Wannietta

    I think that it turned out beautifully! It will be a wonderful gift – I’m glad that turned out so well since it’s your “honeymoon blanket”.

  5. Kristy

    Not to be bossy, but you’re sure you don’t want to keep it in case you have kids? I’m sure they would love to hear the story about their blanket someday….

    It’s beautiful, and I love that you have such nice memories attached to it!

  6. GailP

    Lovely blanket! Absolutely an acceptable gift, the colors are so very happy that the blanket is perfect for a baby.

  7. Sarah R

    Lovely. And I love how the randomness of just letting the yarn flow turned into a really attractive design of well balanced colors.

    Nice work!

  8. Cathy-Cate

    Voila is indeed the word!

    Serendipity is a marvelous thing; what a great blend of yarn, patterns, and the seeing eye. And a wonderful place and time!

    :-)

  9. Steph F.

    It’s lovely! Definitely reminiscent of a tropical island. It’s so cute that you have wonderful memories associated with it.

  10. Julia

    It’s wonderful. I know that it’s a gift, but if you can knit up something cute very quickly, I’d vote for keeping it. There are such special memories wrapped up in that blanket. Honestly, though, I know that you are not the type who needs to hang on to an object to preserve a memory, so you may not need the blanket in the way many people might.

  11. naomi

    By “closed yarn-overs”, do you mean a lifted-strand increase? Or a yarn-over that you then twist in the next row?

    (It looks great!)

  12. Lucinda

    What a precious baby blanket! The colors are gorgeous, and the arrangement worked out great. You’ve made me want to try the mitered square blankets!

  13. Bertha

    I can’t believe how great that turned out! I am kind of a control freak and not very good at leaving things up to chance in case they turn out terrible, but look what can happen! Greatness!

  14. Angie

    Great choice of yarn. I have trouble with ‘random’ so this would solve it. A wonderful gift, but maybe something special to save for a little grumpy baby someday.

  15. Cara

    It’s absolutely perfect! And I know all about adding love to a blanket. A bunch of the squares for my log cabin were knit on a tropical vacation with my love and for weeks after I’d find sand and just be transported back to our island. What a wonderful gift!

    I have to say though – you shame me! My poor miters sit neglected in a box.

  16. Lindsey

    I love how it radiates! Great idea! I’m getting married in June, and I think a blanket is a great project to work on while travelling! I’ll have to make a honeymoon blanket also.

  17. Becca

    I think your arrangement of squares is my favorite I’ve seen yet. I love the center “petal”. The colors and the edging are just perfect for a baby blanket.

  18. Brie

    I really like the layout of mitred squares. It looks a lot nicer than the version where they are put together 4×4.

    Nice job on the blanket.

  19. Tara

    I LOVE the blanket. The petaly effect of the miters is my favorite part. I actually want to make a mitered balnket now!

  20. webhill

    I don’t know (or feel that you should be pressured to reveal) your reproductive plans. But, honestly – even if there will be no child in your home, perhaps you might keep this blanket anyway, as a remembrance, and just to have available to share with any visiting child? or perhaps it could go to a treasured niece or nephew to keep it in the family and give you frequent “visiting privileges?”

  21. Carla

    Very lovely blanket! I was wondering if there was more to “weaving in the ends as you go along” than the obvious – is there some method of weaving in ends as you go that looks better than the methods used once something is completed?

  22. Debra

    I read your blog frequently but never post – This time I have to. It’s a lovely blanket, full of beautiful thoughts and loving intentions. It will make a PERFECT baby gift!

  23. ksfishgirl

    Ooo! I love it. I have been admiring Mari’s blanket on Ravelry and on her blog, and I have 6 skeins of Katia Jamaica (color 4004) just begging to be a blanket! I like how you did the corner increases on the border :)

  24. Kay

    So cool. After seeing yours and Mari’s I am so tempted to jump on the bandwagon. I can’t think of anything else to knit with Jamaica.

    I do believe it’s an “acceptable” baby present, for sure.

    xo Kay

  25. Leslie

    1. Please explain “closed yarn overs” and

    2. I don’t mean to pry, but why not consider saving this in case you and the Mr. have any tiny grumps of your own? Being the “honeymoon blanket” it would be an automatic heirloom.

  26. Joanna

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to save for YOUR future baby??? We don’t always need to gift our knits!

  27. Beebs

    Oh my word! That is one of the most beautiful baby blankies I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing… I’m off to find some Katia so I can be a copy-cat.

  28. Tanis Lavallee

    That blanket is beautiful! I’ve just recently realized that I could knit blankets (I used to think that they would be way too much work.) I’m just missing the edging on my lizard ridge afghan (from knitty) and I’ve already started a mittered square afghan. So much fun!

  29. Jomy

    I love this!

    I think it might be one of my favorite projects of yours!!

    The “petals” way I like a lot better.

    The squares looked too… quilted.

  30. Erica

    I love the way the petals radiate from the center. You could keep the blanket for your own future little ones. It will be a marvelous baby blanket, where ever it goes.

  31. Mrs MJW

    Who wouldn’t be happy to receive that as a gift??? It really is a cute blanket, AND babies like stuff with “movement” like your pattern. I think its cool. Now you have to come over to my blog and tell me what you think of my new pattern. I am not an ole pro at this like you are and would appreciate your expert opinion.

  32. Thomasean

    Oh Kathy,

    That is a beautiful blanket. You are so sweet to use it as a gift. A very special gift indeed.

    Thanks for the pics.

    If you get a chance could you do a You Tube video showing:

    “I was able to get nice, rounded corners by knitting what amounts to a wedge where two sides of the border meet. The actual increases are closed yarn-overs, which I always find stretchy and accommodating when it comes to maneuvering in tight quarters.” ???

    I would really learn how to finish a corner like that. I usually sucumb to the applied i-cord edge.

    Congratulations on your marriage!!!!! God surely smiled on him!!!!!

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