I love afghans and blankets. No matter what time of year it is, I have at least one on the couch with me. In the winter I keep my place just slightly on the cool side, so I can snuggle up with an afghan. And even in the summer, there is always a blanket next to me on the couch – although it often just sits next to me and not over me.
I am also currently in a nesting phase and although I have an afghan on the needles (I can’t wait till it is finished, so I can properly use it, and not just have it over my legs as I am knitting) which means I am already thinking about making another afghan (full disclosure…I still have about 40 inches left to knit on this afghan and might have another blanket on the needles). I have found myself walking up and down the aisles of our warehouse and wondering what would make the squishiest blanket. Clearly the answer is Chalet.
Inge Spungen beat me to it. She designed the Leaf Blanket (above) for Vogue Knitting Winter 2013/14 using Chalet. And what a beautiful blanket it is.
Starting with only 3 stitches this afghan is worked corner to corner and features a series of open work leaves on a background of reverse stockinette. To tie it all together the designer used a border with a leaf motif that is knit onto the blanket as you go for minimal finishing (my two favorite words in knitting), echoing the pattern on the body of the afghan. And because it is knit on such large needles it will go fast!
Chalet comes in 8 beautiful undyed colors. But sometimes you need a little color in your room. May I suggest Chateau? It is the same amazing base, but in 8 vibrant, heathery colors.
What color will you use to make your blanket?