The Around the World DK Blanket, was begun after the start of our new pandemic stay-at-home lifestyle, and represents a new form of virtual travel. For the time being we are static enough to enjoy our stash yarns!
I have been lucky enough to travel all over the globe in pursuit of knitting adventures. I have visited many yarn shops and yarn producers and always like to show my support by purchasing a souvenir skein or two. Over the years they have been clamouring to be given their chance to be knit. Now was the time.
I began by browsing my stash and enjoying the reminiscences. I hope you will too.
To help you choose yarns I will make suggestions to help you shop your stash and maybe augment any missing colours from a deserving local yarn store or independent dyer. Everyone needs a little help right now.
The blanket is begun with a circular tubular cast on, there are two skill options offered and video support included. The pattern is both written and charted up to Rnd 24, to give you a chance to adjust to using the wonderful Stitch-map style charts. The remaining rounds (up to 251) are in chart format.
Bobbles and garter bumps are used intermittently to add textural interest. For the bobble-phobic they can be omitted or reduced to more reasonable number, options are given. In the outer striped band zone you have opportunity to dabble with a little non-negative/positive patterning to show the points of the compass correctly on both sides if you so wish! The final dark band offers a little 3 colour knitting if desired!
The following 17 techniques are included as video links (it’s virtually a workshop):
Link 1: Simulated In The Round Swatching
Link 2: Easy Middle-out Cast-on
Link 3: Circular Tubular Cast-on
Link 4: Round 1
Link 5: Round 2 Increases and Re-sequencing
Link 6: Reading Increases and Using Markers
Link 7: Bind-off Round Tips
Link 8: Alternating Colour Stitch Pairs
Link 9: Reverse Stocking Stitch and Slippurl
Link 10: Fixing Common DK errors
Link 11: Fixing Multi-row Mistakes - Part 1
Link 12: Fixing Multi-row Mistakes - Part 2
Link 13: Moving Wrongly Positioned K-O-k Incs
Link 14: Alternative Rotation Purling
Link 15: Avoiding Joggles
Link 16: Using Three Colours
Link 17: Bobbles