#15 Zig and Zag designed by Holli Yeoh from 60 Quick Baby Blankets, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photos by Jack Deutsch copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Cascade Yarns. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
I got to work with a wonderful selection of colours for one of my baby blanket contributions in 60 Quick Baby Blankets: eight heathered shades of purples, greens and teals in the Cascade 220 Superwash collection.
I particularly love the modular construction of this blanket. There are only 14 sts in each row which you can work with your favourite needles: double-pointed, straight or circular. The chevron shapes are worked by increasing along one edge and decreasing on the other edge for every right side row.
Joining one modular strip to the next is not complicated. Next time I’ll have a tutorial for some of the techniques in this blanket.
While the back side is definitely the back, it is still appealing with the strong lines created by the selvage edges. When I studied jewellery in art college, my instructor stressed the importance of making the back side of a brooch or the inside of a ring just as attractive as the other side. It demonstrates good craftsmanship. I carry that advice with me and apply it to anything I make.
Really, the only drawback to this design is all the ends. But you could easily circumnavigate that problem by choosing a different yarn. How about a self-striping yarn or one with a slow gradation of colour like Noro. Some of the gradient and ombre yarns could make for some really interesting effects.
When I submitted designs for the book project I offered some other examples of both colourways and orientation of the chevrons. I particularly like the grey and white one. I see it in a light heathered grey and natural cream colour with hits of bright heathered colours. The colourful version would be a great stash buster.
book: 60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade
paperback, 176 pages