Today marks the second week of the JOANN Bernat Blanket Stitchalong. Week one was a great week! This week we will start to work with multiple colors and learn some texture stitches. Don’t forget to share what your blanket looks like!
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About the 2019 Bernat Stitch Along:
For our stitch along we will be making a beautiful Knit Festive Textures Afghan. Since this is a stitch along there will be both a knit and crochet version available for you. Both the knit and crochet versions are very similar and you will enjoy either pattern that you decide to go with. I will be teaching and hosting the knit blanket only.
This blanket is knit with Bernat Blanket yarn in very modern colors. But you can choose any color combination you wish to make yours match your home.
This is a 6 week knit-along hosted by Marly Bird. The crochet-along is hosted by Mikey at The Crochet Crowd.
Looking for all of the nitty gritty details of the stitch along? Check out the announcement post that I did two weeks ago for all of the details, dates, materials and more! Don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY details too!
Do I need to do a gauge swatch:
Typically a gauge swatch isn’t as important when working a blanket pattern since it doesn’t need to fit a person when it is finished. I still recommend that you complete a swatch before starting so that you know you are using the right needle.
Doing a gauge swatch will let you know that you are going to have enough yarn and that your blanket will come out the same size as the pattern says.
Each week you will find a new gauge measurement. Why is this? Because each section uses a different stitch pattern the gauge slightly changes with each section. Always make sure that your gauge is correct so that you don’t run out of yarn and that your blanket stays the same size throughout.
Week Two Supplies:
Starting off this project you will need to have one ball of color C and D of the Bernat Blanket Yarn along with your knitting needles. I also suggest having a stitch marker.
Don’t forget to also download the pattern for week two.
4 Things You Need to Know:
This week we will be learning how to make the knitted bobble. Knit bobbles are worked on the wrong side of your work and then pushed to the right side of the work. Bobbles add a lot of texture and interest to your blanket.
Along the way I have learned a few tips and tricks for making a bobble a little easier. Watch along in the tutorial as I show you how to make the bobble according to the pattern, and then check out my extra tip so you don’t have to turn your work while making them.
- Knitted Bobbles
- Purling backwards
- Changing & Joining yarn colors
- How to carry your color to next row
Week Two Video Tutorial:
Share Your Progress:
By all means please share you work with us! We would love to see your progress. Use the hashtag #MarlyBird or #HandMadeWithJoann when you share your photos! Share them in the Marly’s Minions Facebook group or the Yarnspiration Stitch Along Facebook group.
Make a Cowl:
You might have noticed that the sample that I am making in the video is smaller than the blanket that you are working on. Rather than make the whole blanket in the video I took a smaller section and made a cowl from the pattern.
If you want to follow along with the smaller sample and make a cowl with me follow along here for my stitch counts.
What I’m Wearing:
Love the shawl that I am wearing in the video? You can make one for yourself! Grab ONE ball of Red Heart Color Scape and you can make this Super Simple Shawl in a day!
Be sure to learn more about Color Scape from Red Heart with my yarn review on the blog.