Once I’d figured out how to master the cable stitch while making the cushion cover, I knew immediately what I want to make next – a huge big cabled knit blanket. The green blanket (that’s been in multiple photos on the blog but was made pre-blog and thus has no blog post) has started looking a little worse for wear recently, mostly on account of it being used more as a couch protector than a blanket. So it was perfect timing to start a new one.
I really wanted to challenge myself with this blanket and I found a fairly complicated pattern (this one here) that I just loved the look of. The only thing I didn’t love about it was that it was knit in sections and then pieced together afterward. This seemed a bit messy to me and left a lot of room for error. So I changed up the pattern to make it one huge (250 stitches per row) all in one piece pattern. I also changed out the middle section and used a honeycomb cable stitch technique instead.
I was less than 2 balls of yarn into the project when I realised two things; firstly I loved it, I loved every single little thing about this blanket, the pattern choice the yarn choice, the look of it, the feel of it and secondly I was going to need a lot more yarn!
This is the yarn I’ve been using – I bought it all on sale when there was a great free shipping offer on. But now here comes the big dilemma I have with the blanket. I’m down to the last ball of yarn, which leaves me with enough to do a few more lines and then do the edging required to make it match the bottom…….but, I’m not sure if it’s long enough yet. I like blankets to be long enough to cover me from head to toe. There is nothing worse than try to stretch out under a blanket only to find you can’t squeeze your toes in underneath.
But the yarn isn’t on sale anymore, boo urns, so do I just shelve the blanket for now and wait and hope that I can get it cheaper if it goes back on sale later on or do I just take the plunge and buy the yarn at double what I originally paid for it….decisions, decisions….
[PS as you can see from the photos below this isn’t the first dilemma I’d had with this blanket – I first started a pattern I made up in my head and went a little overboard on the cables, so the same number of stitches with about 20 lines of cables made for the tightest blanket ever, but I didn’t want to unravel it because I was already 2 balls of yarn in. So I shelved that and started this one instead and decided to evaluate when they were both at the 2 balls of yarn in point. It’s pretty obvious which blanket won that battle and now the last bit of the super-cabled blanket is my ball of yarn]
What would you do?