4 months and 6 lbs. of wool later...

vsidart's picture

I finally finished the Elizabeth Zimmerman "Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket" for my new livingroom. Just over 6 pounds of Lion Brand "Fisherman's Wool" with 2 strands held together on size 15s. I must say I'm pretty proud of this one. Biggest project I've ever taken on, and finished just in time to be put away for the fall.

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Thinman's picture

Kudos on a job well done! I

Kudos on a job well done! I can't even imagine taking on a project of that size. It's beautiful!

vsidart's picture

OK, so now I can't find the

OK, so now I can't find the page with the i-cord directions I'm following, so here goes my attempt at explaining.
First you cast 3 or 4 stitches onto DPN, slide to other end, and knit. (sounds like the usual way....)
Then you pick up a stitch from the WRONG side of project, slide your stitches back down, knit across to the last two, knit them together, pick up one, slide back, etc.
Adding the k2tog seems to almost eliminate the need to really yank down on the first stitch to get the cord to roll- the tension there takes care of most of it. And picking up from the wrong side assures that any looseness there is appears on the back of the work.
I'll post pix when I get a little further...
Hope that makes a little sense...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks very much, Eric.

Thanks very much, Eric. That is much easier than I remember doing it. EZ has you pick up several edge stitches at a time before working the I-cord tube. It always felt awkward to me and I prefer to go in a couple of stitches from the edge so it covers any uneven areas and such. I do remember knitting the 2 stitches together through the back loop, giving a slightly tighter tension. The extra smooth line on the front seems to appeal to me, as well. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

SteveP's picture

Wow Eric, it looks great.

Wow Eric, it looks great. I'd love to see how the i-cord looks on it! Is it the same color or a contrast?

crmartin's picture

Gorgeous blanket! Now all

Gorgeous blanket! Now all you have to do is get with Brad to cuddle up with. ;-)

Randy

Mnjack's picture

That is a beauty, so clean

That is a beauty, so clean and fresh looking. Love the pattern and color. Great job.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very, very nice. Inspires

Very, very nice. Inspires me to settle down and finish the Mason-Dixon "Log Cabin ' afghan I began some ... ummm - let's see - ummmm ... Yeah, that long ago. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

mrossnyc's picture

It looks great and I'm sure

It looks great and I'm sure it's very warm. What are the final dimensions on it? And how did you join the sections together?

vsidart's picture

It's just over 5'x 8'.

It's just over 5'x 8'. Joined using a single crochet seam- Brooklyn Tweed did his that was- sort of my inspiration
http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2008/06/knitted-garter-stith-blanket-aka-big.html
I'm still fighting with and can't decide if I'm going to add the i-cord border.... I'm not getting along with it very well.

mrossnyc's picture

That's a great size, no

That's a great size, no wonder it weighs 6 pounds. That's a lot of i-cord...I'd opt for something else. I've used reverse crochet stitch as a border with nice results. Just a thought...

albert's picture

Michael, what is reverse

Michael, what is reverse crochet, and what does it look like as a border?

mrossnyc's picture

Here's a link to a page with

Here's a link to a page with pics and instructions:

Click Here

It is also known as crab stitch. I used it on an afghan that had kind of wavy borders for my Mom (and it's in Texas or I'd post a pic) with great results. Google "reverse crochet stitch" for videos and other links.

albert's picture

Thanks much!

Thanks much!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Being left-handed, and a bit

Being left-handed, and a bit dyslexic, Reverse Crochet has always defeated me. I never seem to get it right. Still, all that I-cord would be daunting...I wanted to run away screaming the last time I used it for edging a small project, let alone a 5' x 8' afghan. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

vsidart's picture

I'm actually pleased to

I'm actually pleased to announce that I've now got the i-cord around almost half of the beast....
I found a site that had a little different technique for i-cord that seems to work reallly well for wonky left-handed knitter me....
As soon as I can find the page again, I'll post it.

mrossnyc's picture

Congratulations, I think

Congratulations, I think that's quite a feat. I'd love to hear more about the technique when you have a chance. Love the look of i-cord, hate the time it takes to make it...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Me, too. I never quite do

Me, too. I never quite do it the way EZ and Meg Swansen have written, but I get by. And I like the way I-cord covers up the color changes at the end of rows on afghans. Still, anything that would make it smoother and therefore faster would be greatly appreciated. (BTW...lefties are not "wonky"...we're the only people who think with the right brain. That's why we are so creative.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

Amen

Amen

albert's picture

That is so appealing- it's

That is so appealing- it's cool and dreary here in Maine today, I would love to just snuggle in that blanket. I admire your presistance; you've encouraged me in the afghan that I have underway (I'm one square into it).

epguy74's picture

That's beautiful. Very

That's beautiful. Very nice!

ksmarguy's picture

You had to know I would be

You had to know I would be the first to comment. It's gorgeous!