Hi kids,

I was wondering if you’d enter this lap robe/blanket into the June Contest. I still have dial-up, living in Southern Indiana, where an exciting Saturday night is adding milk, instead of water, to the Campbell’s soup. My internet keeps disconnecting while trying to register, etc., so I’d appreciate your help.

I’ve been using fabulousyarn.com for years, mostly ordering the Blue Sky Organic Cotton (#80 Bone) for throws.  I use your site because of the great customer service and the genuine dedication to customers/knitters that is obvious through your site, what it offers, the commitment your site makes and keeps to knitters, and most importantly, the capacity to change and offer new ideas and yarns without gunking up the site, which many other sites do, BADLY.

I can’t seem to get away from this throw pattern.  Using the organic cotton allows people to wrap themselves up in it winter, fall, spring AND summer nights because the cotton is light, so soft, and doesn’t weight down on you while sleeping/reading/or watching TV to figure out why Snookie doesn’t have a steady boyfriend on Jersey Shore (ok, ok, I DID watch it just that once, but I was drinking so that’s my excuse).  I am DEEPLY suspicious of people who make throws or blankets with acrylic blends, there, I said it.  Sweaty, pilly, ewwwww.  That’s just my opinion.

Every time I finish one of these throws, there’s three other people calling to ask me to make them one.  And with the awesome discounts, the more I order from fabulousyarn.com, it is less expensive it is AND free shipping. I make these to order, sometimes adding squares to make a twin or double blanket, or decrease the squares, for a simple throw.  I also add fringe sometimes. The blanket/throw in the picture was used with a size 6 circular needle.

Also, with the Blue Sky Organic Cotton, although it says to hand wash, I throw it in on “delicate” and air/tumble dry.  It comes out beautiful and actually gets softer. The pattern calls for wool, but the organic cotton is much better for a year round throw or blanket, in my opinion.

The pattern is Copyright © 2004, 2005 Ann V. Gallentine from an internet site:

http://www.gallentine.org/Knitting/Squareslaprobe.html

The basic pattern for each square (I always use Blue Sky Organic Cotton from FabulousYarn.com) is as follows:

This 34-inch by 42.5-inch lap robe (if you follow the pattern below) is made up of 20 squares. It is perfect for throwing over your legs on those cold winter nights of TV watching. The name comes from its square design. The combination of simple seed, stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches result in a design of 5 squares in each square. Its small size and simple pattern makes a nice project to take on vacation or do while riding in the car.
Materials: Approximately 1 ounce worsted weight wool for each square; Number 7 needles.
Gauge: 5 sts, 7 rows = 1 inch in st st.
Size: Each square measures 8.5 inches. The lap robe requires 20 squares.
Make 20 or 8 squares, depending on which size you want.
Cast On 47 sts.
Row 1: (wrong side) Purl
Row 2: K2, seed stitch to last 2 sts, k2
Row 3: P2, seed stitch to last 2 sts, p2
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 8 rows
Row 10: K 2, seed stitch for 5 sts, k to last 7 sts, seed stitch for 5 sts, k2
Row 11: P2, seed stitch for 5 sts, p to last 7 sts, seed stitch for 5 sts, p2
Repeat rows 10 and 11 for 4 rows.
Row 14: K2, seed stitch for 5 sts, k3, p to last 10 sts, k3, seed stitch for 5 sts, k2
Row 15: P2, seed stitch for 5 sts, p3, k to last 10 sts, p3, seed stitch for 5 sts, p2
Repeat rows 14 and 15 for 6 rows.
Row 20: K2, seed stitch for 5 sts, k3, p4, k to last 14 sts, p4, k3, seed stitch for 5 sts, k2
Row 21: P2, seed stitch for 5 sts, p3, k4, p to last 14 sts, k4, p3, seed stitch for 5 sts, p2
Repeat rows 20 and 21 for 4 rows
Row 24: K2, seed stitch for 5 sts, k3, p4, k3, seed stitch to last 17 sts, k3, p4, k3, seed stitch for 5 sts, k2
Row 25: P2, seed stitch for 5 sts, p3, k4, p3, seed stitch to last 17 sts, p3, k4, p3, seed stitch for 5 sts, p2.
Repeat rows 24 and 25 for 24 rows
Rows 48-51: Rows 20-23
Rows 52-57: Rows 14-19
Rows 58-61: Rows 10-13
Rows 62-69: Rows 2-9
Row 70: Knit
Bind Off in purl
Make 20 and sew together.
(Corrections made July 2006)
Copyright © 2004, 2005 Ann V. Gallentine

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