It will go into the mail to its recipient tomorrow, only a little time to spare before the deadline!
I had this project with me while in the hospital over the weekend and it got endless Ooohs and Aaahs from the nurses and doctors, which was very satisfying. I hope it gives pleasure to the kid(s) who use it too. Many thought it was a shawl and I think this stitch pattern would suit that use very well … but with different dimensions (a bit wider and only half as long). This is a very easy technique, excellent for a first try at colorwork. You only have two colors going at any time and you only knit with one color at a time. There is NO carrying of the dormant color: you drop it at the beginning of a row, pick up the new color, knit out and back and then pick up the dormant color and repeat. All the fancy stuff happens with slipped stitches! Also, this is a garter stitch design, so there is not a single purl stitch in the entire blanket. How easy is that?!
This close-up shows that the blanket is fundamentally just two-row stripes done in garter stitch (see the borders). The pattern is 10 stitches wide and 28 rows long and consists of slipping stitches to carry the color across the rows where it isn’t being used.
This technique can be done using stockinette stitch too, but 1) I think the texture of garter stitch adds warmth to the blanket which is especially important since I didn’t use wool and 2) who wants to purl a 200+ stitch row? The slipped stitches give their own texture (there would still be a zigzag effect if this had been done in one color). Here’s a pic that show the texture:
I will write this pattern up when I get a chance and append to this post when it’s ready on my “Free Patterns” page!