Thursday, November 15, 2012

EZ Blanket

A very EZ blanket is flying off the needles.  EZ blanket as in Elizabeth Zimmerman's knitted garter stitch blanket from her Fall 1962 newsletter #9.  I've said it before and will keep saying it - get thee a copy of The Opinionated Knitter

The geometry of this blanket is very simple.  Garter stitch with short rows to turn the corners and Voila!  A blanket.  Well, it is a blanket after one knits several shapes and stitches them together.  But that is a blog post for another day.

The stash yielded this discontinued Manos del Uruguay 700 tex which is a hand spun wool.  Although not as bulky as EZ's original in Sheepsdown, this is working up quite well on a size 13 needle. 

All that I'm hoping for is a television watching cuddly blanket.  I don't need a cover the whole bed and live through a deep freeze type of blanket.  However, all of the lovely slipped stitches along the edges have me thinking of adding on a border of some type.

Perhaps knitting it on sideways in a "big chunky holes" style would be nice.  Or perhaps a crochet style will jump up and say "pick me!"  But for right now, simple garter with a change of direction is a nice relaxation from the little bitty gauge of the Fall jacket.

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