There is a lot of time to think when you are knitting a blanket with 700-stitch rounds of nothing but knits or purls. So I got to thinking – surely it would be easy to calculate the exact number of stitches in this blanket with a little help from a spreadsheet. And so I did.
Yup, you read that right. In retrospect, perhaps I shouldn’t have calculated after all… Some things are better left unknown. But let’s just say that this is, by far, conclusively, my greatest knitting feat to date. And it was worth it. OpArt was one of the first patterns I found when I discovered the wonderful world of online knitters. I knew immediately that I’d make it some day for my best friend’s baby. She and her husband are architects with a very distinguished style, a love for clean lines and classical colours. The moment I set my eyes on this pattern, I knew it would be for them. So when, several years later, they told me they were pregnant, there wasn’t much thinking left to be done. I dug out the pattern from my collection, bought the yarn and got started.
The pattern is a free one, from Knitty, and it was a delight. It is incredibly simple, and surprisingly much less tedious than you would imagine. The beginning is really exciting, as the shapes start appearing in front of you, you just want to keep going and seeing what it will look like after 10 more rounds. Later, when the rounds get longer, this becomes perfect zen knitting. And for such an epic project, it was finished surprisingly quickly – in less than a month and a half (it did then take me another few months to weave in all the ends, but let’s not mention that). I also love the pattern’s background story: designing it in the style of Optical Art paintings, while at the same time thinking of the development of baby eyesight (which is really bad when they’re born, so they are drawn to strong contrasts).
The yarn, of course, superwash and merino. Best combo for babies, I’m told. It is Garnstudio DROPS Baby Merino, and I am super happy with it, I’ll definitely be resorting to it for more baby knits. I chose the colour combo – white and navy – because the projects I liked the most on Ravelry were the ones with strong contrasts, and I think it works super well. And I used the teeny tiny leftovers to make a teeny tiny something to accompany the blanket. To be continued… :)