12 Blanket Patterns to Try in 2017
When I was the editor of Interweave Knits magazine, Ava Coleman sent me a submission for a knitted baby blanket and I fell in love with it. The Cottage Baby Blanket is comprised of four counterpanes that are seamed together to make a square. Isn’t it lovely?
Ava says of the pattern: “Just like many of today’s patterns that claim to be original work, this is the sum of stitch motifs that were knitted, perfected, and recorded over a span of many years, perhaps even generations. Rather like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, the ‘designer’ put these motifs together to create something different. This particular counterpane is a variation on a popular pre–Civil War pattern called Grandmother Anderson’s Pattern. Similar patterns can also be found in European examples dating from as early as the 1800s.”
Speaking of European quilt patterns from the 1800’s, I spent some time with the Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition box set over the holiday break, and came upon a whole section devoted to knitted quilt and counterpane patterns. The 17th Series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter, reproduced in full in Volume 6, is subtitled “How to Knit Pretty Designs for Quilts and Borders.”
The Open Bay Leaf square is particularly similar to Ava’s baby blanket counterpane. Some of these are just jaw-dropping—look at the visual impact of the Ridged Hexagon! And the juxtaposition of welting and rib in the Square Knitted in the Form of a Cross is so striking.
For these 12 knitted quilt patterns and hundreds of other beautiful Victorian needlework projects, get your limited-edition box set of Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Try one new quilt pattern a month through 2017 and you’ll have quite the antique sampler collection. I am knitting the Ridged Hexagon for January—you still have time to catch up!