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Fly Away, Revisited

June 17, 2021
Fly Away blanket pattern
This beautiful blanket was knit and photographed by Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts

A few years ago (it can’t possibly be six, can it?!), we created Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe, a collection inspired by two new babies in the TCK family. Part of that collection was the Fly Away blanket because even though her first babe was only a tiny thing at the time, Emily was already looking into the future, to that moment when Max would learn to fly on his own.

Six years later, Fly Away is still one of our most popular blankets, thanks to its deliciously simple garter, infinite colour options, and endless layout possibilities. So, what could possibly make this pattern better? (Drum roll, please…) Half squares!

Fly Away blanket pattern
The original Fly Away blanket features colourful stripes.

The original includes instructions for striped squares, but dyer/designer/all-around-great-human-being Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts put her own spin on the pattern by creating half squares. Inspired by classic quilt motifs, and using her amazing eye for colour, Tanis knit up two of these beautiful blankets. A number of knitters have been asking for the details on this particular hack, so we decided to add them to the pattern!

What’s new?

The updated Fly Away pattern has all the same good stuff as the original, plus a little bit more:

  1. Instructions for the new half squares, in addition to the original striped squares.
  2. Yardages for both options.
  3. Layout suggestions for both striped squares and half squares.

Note: If you already have the Fly Away single pattern or Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe ebook, you should have received the updated pattern by now. If you purchased from our website, the update will have come via email. If you purchased via Ravelry, you can hit the little ‘update’ button in your Ravelry library to download it.

A little inspiration

If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your own Fly Away, here are a few of our favourite projects to give you some ideas!

Fly Away for Micah blog post.
This Fly Away by Tanis uses the striped layout with a few modifications. Check out all the details here.
Undone57's Ravelry Project Page
This gorgeous blanket from @undone57 showcases the half square option beautifully. All the details are on her Ravelry project page here.
For this lovely pastel, half square version, Tanis tapped into her stash of scraps to make something amazing.
Nina of Rainbow Heirloom made this fabulous pink and purple Fly Away. I love how moody it looks with a dark main colour!

Grab your favourite palette and cast on!

Summer is my favourite time for knitting blankets, especially something that’s simple and done in pieces, so I can take it with me everywhere I go. Emily and I are obviously partial to rainbows, but this blanket looks great in any palette that suits you. It makes the perfect scrappy blanket, too! PLEASE be sure to share your projects using #FlyAwayBlanket and #TinCanKnits. We love to see what knitters are creating!

~ Alexa

One Comment leave one →
  1. Meredith Coelho permalink
    June 20, 2021 11:54 am

    So beautiful. I may need to knit one of these.

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