Knitting two WIPS: Shale Baby Blanket and Log Cabin Squares

The past several months, I’ve been enamored with blanket knitting. I’ve already knit two queen-sized blankets, within three months and now I’m working on a third knitted blanket and now…. a fourth!

This past Friday, I added another blanket into my WIP rotation. I’m currently knitting the Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood. I stumbled upon it on Ravelry. I cannot tell you what I was looking for, however, the end result landed me on THAT blanket and I was smitten.

Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood – My WIP

Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood – Initial thoughts…

  • This design is gorgeous and it’s much easier to knit than it might appear. I did make one mistake in the above photo, however, I’ve since fixed that issue.
  • I’m deviating slightly from the pattern. I’m slipping the first stitch purlwise, since I think, slipping the first stitch, creates a neater edge.
  • I wanted a regular sized blanket, I cast on 100 additional stitches. The pattern states 151 stitches to knit the baby blanket.
  • I’m using my size 6 Hiya Hiya Steel Sharp interchangeable knitting needles.
  • This pattern is a four-row repeat. The most “challenging” aspect of this pattern is the SSSSK stitch, however, with my super pointy Hiya Hiya Sharps, this isn’t an issue.


I also started a Ravelry project notes page for the Shale blanket, so check it out if you like.

Log knitted cabin blocks

Log Cabin Blanket – Update

My knitting is slowly adding to my log cabin block pile. Currently, I have knit eight log cabin blocks. To be honest, I haven’t knit on this project in a few weeks. However, I plan to knock out at least one block weekly until I desire to knit more, or once I’m finished knitting the Shale Baby Blanket by Jared Flood.

Both blankets are still in their baby stages, however, I can already start to feel their weight and so I know they’ll both be heavy once they are finished. I do believe the Shale blanket will be the heavier of the two. I’m not overjoyed about knitting the blankets in July/August heat, however, I’m in love with this stitch pattern of the Shale blanket and the colorful log cabin blocks. I would like to have the Shale blanket finished by the time that fall arrives and the log cabin blanket by December, and so… I knit.

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