2010 guest blogging series: pinwheel blanket

by kath_red on 21/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to introduce you to ina braun, she runs a studio and creative space for teaching and design in Mountain Springs NJ. It is a workspace where fine knitting and crochet patterns, yarns, fiber and fabric are curated.

Today for this guest post I have decided to share the pokey pinwheel blanket once more, when it was first released as a free pattern on ravelry many people assumed it was a doggie blanket … not at all … my patterns are named for dogs I love … and pokey was the perfect candidate for this one. This pinwheel blanket is a repeat of a familiar pattern but with a variety of edgings to give people a one visit sampler.

Pokey’s pinwheel blankie … also known as the grasshopper pie blankie … is a perfect summer-time inspiration in the Spud and Chloë “sweater” yarn for the body of the blankie and “fine” for the trim. The grasshopper pie blankie is reversible and about 32” in diameter. The original version is shown with 10 different trims … 10 slices of grasshopper pie to sample! Take time to read through all of the instructions once before you start. Check that you have all the “ingredients” for a successful grasshopper pie! Pokey thinks his profile shot is his best look!

You need
3 skeins of Spud and Chloë “sweater” in grass and one skein of Spud and Chloë “fine” in popcorn and/or dachshund. There is a good amount left over if you use two colors for the trim. Should be enough to make a baby hat or socks. I’ll be fiddling with that later!!!

US #9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles, 16” and 24” circular needles of the same size. You might also wish to have a 32” circular needle if you think that there are too many stitches on the needle once you are on the homestretch. It is manageable with the 24” circular!

If you wish to make the crochet trim you will also need an “I” (5.5 mm) crochet hook.

The sample has a gauge of 4 sts to the inch … so go ahead and make a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch to know that you will be on track.

When joining a new skein you can actually splice the yarn, twist it together again and work carefully over those stitches. Keeps you from having to knot
the ends and weave them away. “Sweater” is a three ply yarn with very soft fibers that will ply together beautifully.

Download the pdf pattern here.

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1 Seanna Lea October 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

I have made one of the other pinwheel blanket variants, but it never occurred to me that I could do a different edging on each slice as it were. And Pokey is one beautiful puppy!


2 Lindsey @ Yarnia October 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I totally agree — I didn’t even think to do more than a cast-off edging on the pinwheel blanket I did a few years back, but this way looks fantastic.


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