Let’s just take a moment to gaze upon this beautiful baby.
Such a nap.
Such a blanket.
August brings a new project for A Year of Techniques. This beautiful combination of ease and cleverness is the Little Tern Blanket by Tin Can Knits, a brand-new pattern from the inventive design team of Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman.
It’s a modern, beautiful blanket for the modern, beautiful baby.
OK, here’s another peek at this modern, beautiful baby.
Such a doll.
The technique at the forefront this month is the provisional cast on—that bit of magic that allows us to take up knitting in a new direction, with no visible seams.
Jen Arnall-Culliford, as ever, is our guide, leading us through not one but two different provisional cast ons. The crochet provisional cast on is up top; below is a second cast on, the amazing Judy’s Magic Cast On. If you’ve tried this cast on using double-pointed needles, you’ll welcome this tutorial that shows how to do it using circular needles—much less awkward.
This cast-on tutorial is one of those moments in my knitting life that changed everything. I don’t even want to talk about how I’ve been making my crochet provisional cast on. Let’s just say that I have been doing it so wrong that there’s not even a word for how wrong I’ve been.
Thank you, Jen, for explaining the One True Way to get a crochet provisional cast on to behave!
And of course, Jen reminds us that in the knitting world, anything can be a wrap.
How to Get in on This Lovely Blanket
Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new Little Tern Blanket pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, head over to Arnall-Culliford Knitwear where you can purchase your ebook and/or print copy of A Year of Techniques—it includes 12 patterns for the whole program.
Get the yarn. Fyberspates Vivacious DK is the yarn for the Little Tern Blanket. Worry not—it’s a superwash merino, which means that the Little Tern Blanket will survive babies being babies with no lingering aftereffects. The colors are glorious: modern and unexpected for a modern layette.
The good folks at Fyberspates are dyeing yarn with a wonderful richness, depth, and subtle color shifts.
We’re crazy for these colors.
Honestly, it’s a choice sweater yarn, if you’re adamantly not knitting for babies these days.
If you’d like to order the three-project Summer Kit, Jen has a few kits remaining. They contain all the yarn you need to make the June, July and August projects—710 grams of yarn from Fyberspates and CoopKnits. Pebble Beach is the blanket color featured in this kit. And it all comes in the coveted A Year of Techniques bag. (You can see a picture here.) The kit costs £85.00 plus shipping from the UK. Order your kit here.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Little Tern Blanket, in the topic “Technique Number 6: Provisional Cast On.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. It’s a super cheerful and helpful bunch of knitters.
Knitting for babies is one of the true joys of knitting. I’m casting on in Pebble Beach, for a baby due around Thanksgiving.