It seems like a very long time ago indeed that I came up with the idea for the Winterberry blanket. This lovely blanket was first released in Pom Pom Quarterly Winter 2013, Pom Pom being one of my very favorite knitting publications! I was inspired by the lovely red winterberries, the ones that always seem to be photographed against a frosty day. We have most recently re-released Winterberry on its own, or as part of the ebook Great White North.
My vision for Winterberry was a pretty-but-practical warm lap blanket or baby blanket. Something to keep you toasty in the cold winter months. This meant it simply had to have a squishy garter stitch center (what could be cozier than garter stitch?), but a charming little border to keep things interesting.
Winterberry is constructed by working the garter stitch center first, on the bias (that means you are starting with only a few stitches, increasing out, then working your way back down). The border is then picked up all the way around and worked in the round. Concerned about the bobbles? Don’t be! We have a tutorial to walk you through it here.
The yarn I used is the Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted, and it is, as the name suggests, primo. A sumptuous merino/cashmere blend, perfect for a plush blankie. The color is Narragansett gray and I can’t get enough; I also designed the Old Growth cardigan in the same yarn…and the same classic color.
There you have it! A perfect blanket to wrap up under the tree for a wee one, throw over your shoulders on that oh so chilly evening walk, or place in your lap while you curl up with a good book.
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