We've been so blessed to have so many knitters involved in the Oddball Baby Blankets and Oddball Preemie Blankets for charity. The children's hospitals really appreciate our handknit blankets.
Since there are several of us now, there are lots of people working on a blanket for the first time. So, I've decided to post guidelines here for starting and working on an Oddball Baby Blanket, just to make our job a little easier. Now, new Oddball Knitters can come here when they have questions.
By the way, if you would like to join our knitting project, just send a private message to me (Shandeh), and provide your name and mailing address. I will forward your information to the leader for your region, and get you started on a blanket! :hug:
[SIZE=3][U]STARTING[/U] AN ODDBALL BLANKET[/SIZE]
If you are the first knitter on an Oddball Baby Blanket, here is what you need to do.
Before you start, purchase some SOFT 100% acrylic yarn.
(Here are some recommended yarns for our project.)
[COLOR=black]If your blanket is a Preemie Blanket, your yarn should be dk/sportweight, and will be cast on with size 5 or 6 circular needles. Cast on between 80 and 100 stitches.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]If your blanket is a Regular Baby Blanket, yarn should be worsted weight, and will be cast on with size 7, 8 or 9 circular needles. Cast on between 90 and 110 stitches.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]With either blanket, you will need to knit every stitch for the first 3 to 6 rows to make a nice garter stitch border. Then, you can use any design you want, making sure to have 3 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row. Your knitting in the first section should measure about 4 1/2 inches when you are finished.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]The best designs for our blankets are the ones that are reversible, since our blankets will be used by children and babies. Cables, cross-over, or twisted stitches do NOT work well. Ribbing or slip-stitch patterns are also a bad choice, because they tend to draw the blanket inward. The best designs for our baby blankets use simple knit and purl stitch combinations, which make the blanket lay nicely. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black](Here are some recommended stitch designs for our blankets.)[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]When you finish knitting your section, do 1 row of all knit stitches on the wrong side, so the next knitter will be able to add their own yarn, and the color change will look nice. [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Verdana][COLOR=black](New colors should always be started on the right side.)[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]
[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]Leave the knitting needles attached, and place the blanket in a ziplock bag with the appropriate Oddball Memo folded up inside the bag with the blanket. (See the attached documents with this post. There is an Oddball Baby Blanket Memo and an Oddball Preemie Blanket Memo.)[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]You can also include a simple greeting card, and sign your name and list the state you live in, leaving room for the rest of the knitters to do the same. [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]If you include a card, choose one that is generic and happy. We should not say "Get Well" in the card, because sometimes these children do not get well. :pout: Also, avoid any religious statements, because the children and families at the hospital have many different beliefs. I usually choose a colorful card that is blank inside, and write, "We Care About You" on the inside. [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]If you have scrapbooking skills, you can MAKE a greeting card! [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
If you choose to include any gifts for the next knitter, please avoid any food products. Our packages occasionally get lost in the mail. (One time a blanket was lost for 6 months before turning up again!)
When mailing the package, please get DELIVERY CONFIRMATION, so we can track the package online. We don't want to lose our precious knitting!
Thank you! :muah: