Ok so we all know I have a weakness for the fabulous patterns from Tin Can Knits so I was super excited when news of a new arrival gave me an excuse to finally cast on the Bounce Blanket which I had been hankering to make for a while.
I ordered the full kit from Rainbow Heirloom and I am completely thrilled that I did, the superwash merino wool in the kit is gorgeous to work with. From the moment I cast on until the moment I cast off I enjoyed knitting this yarn so much – no one around me could really understand my raptures (must spent more time with fellow knitters) – it’s an absolute joy to knit and the colours are fabulous, slightly variegated and they look stunning in the finished product if I say so myself. It’s also handy to have smaller skeins of the stripe yarns so you don’t end up with too many left overs.
In typical me fashion I didn’t bother swatching or gauging really – am aware I need to work on this – but it’s a blanket, whatever size it comes up will be grand and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The pattern is pretty straight forward and I absolutely love how it looks – no amendments required, the ladies at TCK know exactly what they are doing. You can pick your own gradation of colours (google is great for inspiration) but I really don’t think you can go that wrong however you choose to order them.
I knitted the sunshine and storms colourway which I think is beaut. I didn’t actually use all the colours in the pack as, for me, the brighter yellows looked a bit incongruous but I truly agonised over this decision and am sure for lots of people they are a perfect contrast. I did also end up ripping back every so often when I wasn’t happy with the colour order I’d knitted but honestly the yarn was so lovely to work with I didn’t mind!
The lace pattern did take a little concentration at the beginning but once you’re underway it’s a pretty quick knit and the wiggles are really good fun without much extra effort.
I have ended up with a few bits of yarn left over which I’m enjoying making into little hats and things and yes, I definitely do need to block this one so the lace is more apparent but I haven’t quite got there yet…
Pattern – Bounce Blanket from Tin Can Knits
Modifications – none!
Sewing in the ends – use your favourite method, mine is this one from Tin Can Knits (obviously)
Difficulty level – intermediate given it involves some lace work but it’s really not too much of a challenge, if you’re a pretty confident beginner give it a whirl!
Recommend? – Definitely yes!
Needles – 4.5mm circular needles – I used Addi turbo circulars as ever I like the weight distribution of circular needles when working on a larger project, it’s much more comfortable for me than working on straights
Yarn – Rainbow Heirloom’s Sweater Yarn – you can get everything you need as a kit here