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Fly Away Blanket : a modern hand knit quilt

April 16, 2015

Little MaxAlexa has been a mother for 4+ years now, but I am new to this.  One of the most vivid moments I remember about the first days was bringing Max home from the hospital. A song came on the radio, some generic cheesy love song about ‘always loving you’, etc.  The hormones hit me like a tonne of bricks, I thought, “one day he will grow up and leave me”, and tears streamed down my cheeks.

The wild (or comical) thing is that a couple weeks later, I was speaking to my Mom on the phone, and without having heard my story, she spoke about driving me home from the hospital, hearing a love song, and having the exact same thought, “one day she will grow up and leave me”, and blubbing her way home.

This spooky identical experience makes me feel like I can’t escape biology and genetics (and becoming my mother). Are we actually the same person, 30 years apart in time? As a young person I always felt so different and independent from my parents, but as I age I am forced to admit to myself time and time again how similar I am.

Fly Away Blanket

Bodhi trying to escape from underneath this smooshy squishy garter blanket!

This blanket is named Fly Away both for the motif which is taken from ‘flying geese’ blocks in quilting, and for the bittersweet fact that babies grow up and fly away one day.  Aesthetically it was inspired by some of the fabulous modern quilts I have been seeing on Instagram lately.  I love the bold colours and crisp geometries and wanted to make something like that happen in knitting.


This striking geometrical design is perfect for the newest addition to your family.  The garter stitch is squishy, cozy, warm and cuddly.  It is also a lovely gift for a grown-up babe who is ‘flying away’ to college, furnishing a new home, or starting a family of their own.  Because the design is modular, you can make it larger or smaller, or knit it in any weight of yarn.

Fly Away Blanket Kit

Order your Fly Away blanket kit by Rainbow Heirloom now – there are three striking modern colourways.

As some of you may know, one of my side projects, when I’m not designing for Tin Can Knits (or taking care of my new little fellow Max) is a hand-dyed yarn line called Rainbow Heirloom.  I’m partial to really vivid colours that really POP, and ideal pairings of design and yarn, and this is what Rainbow Heirloom is focused on.  You can order kits to make the Fly Away blanket here.

These garter-stitch squares are ‘potato chip knitting’… simply, satisfying, and you just want to knit (eat) one more… They are portable and easy to work at knit night, on transit, or while watching TV.  Bit by bit your stack of squares will grow.

Because Fly Away is knit in squares, when you lay out the blanket you have a vast array of options for design!  You can create arrows, diamonds, symmetry or asymmetry.  I suggest you lay out the blanket in a few different ways, take photos, and play around until you have a layout that pleases you.

Fly Away Blanket

Try a few different layouts before choosing the one you like best.


Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe: 6 new knits all about the babes!

Fly Away is one of the 6 designs in Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe, our newest collection that we are launching one design at a time.  Revel in the surprise and get special preorder pricing of $14 before the last pattern is released!

Max & Bodhi’s Pattern Launch Dates:

  • April 02 – Playdate Cardigan, already live
  • April 16 – Fly Away Blankie, get it today!
  • April 30, May 14, May 28, and June 11 2015 … 4 more delicious new designs!

Want to knit along with us?  Join in the KAL on the Tin Can Knits Ravelry Group.  There’s support, camaraderie, and PRIZES…

If you don’t already get our email updates, now is the time to join!  We’ll tell you as new patterns launch, and share our tips and tricks for beautiful finished projects.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Marl permalink
    September 21, 2016 11:55 pm

    I cried when reading your story … my mom lived 500 miles away and seldom saw my children. Before she died my children drove from NY to OH to see her for the last time. She was glad to see them after about 5+ years but still said ‘you shouldn’t have come.’

    My baby is now 48 and we haven’t seen each other since 2003 … and he has yet to tell me he has 2 children – and is now divorced. My eldest never had children.

    So, make sure to snuggle a lot and capture all the memories you can – and laugh a lot.

    I love this blanket!!

  2. April 20, 2015 12:05 pm

    Stunning blanket design!

  3. Jani permalink
    April 18, 2015 3:42 pm

    That was supposed to be the *quilty* look! :)

  4. Jani permalink
    April 18, 2015 3:41 pm

    Love the quilts look of this blanket! I was interested in a kit, but my favorite (color way D) doesn’t sem to be available – did it sell out already??

  5. April 17, 2015 2:02 pm

    Oh yes, as you age you do become more and more like your mother, whether you like it or not. Genes, early imprints, whatever the reason, it just happens and there is no use fighting it. But to reassure you, you still have a long way to go before your baby leaves you. Enjoy the journey ahead of you, filled with pleasure, sorrows, surprises, but always this deep love for your child that will never go away.
    I love the design, what a great idea to give us knitters the joy of making a quilt like blanket.

  6. April 17, 2015 1:23 pm

    what a stunning blanket!! Iand I love the different ways it could be configured, that is so clever. And all the colour options!!

  7. April 16, 2015 6:11 pm

    I love the TCK blankets, this one is no exception! And the story to go with it makes me feel emotional even though I’m still a long way from having my own kids. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Eryn permalink
    April 16, 2015 3:25 pm

    What adorable pullover is Max wearing in the first picture? I love it!

    • April 23, 2015 7:48 am

      It’s the Flax Light – a new sock-weight version of the Flax Pullover that we will be releasiong soon!

    • April 23, 2015 7:48 am

      It’s the Flax Light – a new sock-weight version of the Flax Pullover that we will be releasing soon!

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