Sorry its been a little while since my last post. I haven’t been doing much of anything new on the crafting and baking side this past week. Well, other than starting on an elephant commissioned by a friend, but that’s not really new since I already shared the Elijah pattern with you.
A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw the cutest little baby hat that had intarsia ducklings swimming around it. Now rather than thinking, “Hm, maybe I should make that hat,” I somehow thought, “that would be so cute in a baby blanket! I could do different animals, make little squares, and join it all together like a quilt!” (Because that is sooo much easier and less ambitious than making a hat with 4 or 5 ducks, right?) So, I googled until my brain melted, looking for other simple intarsia animal patterns that were in the same size range. Some, I ended up just winging it, and made up my own charts (paint or a similar program where you can get gridlines is great for playing around with these kinds of patterns).
Now, its been a while since I’ve done color work like this, and to be honest, I’m not sure if I’ve ever done it knitting flat – I think I’ve only done intarsia hats knitting in the round. This being said, I’m sure you’ll forgive me for the bit of lumpiness of my duckling. It would seem I twisted the yarn to tack the floats down a bit too often, and in the same place row after row. But this will get better! I just have to practice with the tension of the floats and not worry about tacking them down as often – I already plan to do a fabric backing to this “quilt” so I won’t have to worry about the floats snagging on little fingers and toes.
I’m hoping to share a new animal chart and example square with you each week, so stay tuned for the next installment!
As always, questions and comments are welcome! I’d love to hear from you!