Ombré Bubble Stitch Baby Blanket

As I have mentioned before, ad nauseum, I was bored during the furlough. I was also looking for ways to procrastinate on my to-do list items such as exercising and getting our tax documents together. I am a very motivated procrastinator, so I finished my large ongoing projects and a bunch of baby hats by week two.

I needed new yarn. Preferably “boy” colors to supplement my baby blanket stash. I spent way too much time at Michaels looking at the variegated yarns and debating their merits. I was looking for yarn that would inspire me and I found it with Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn 10 oz DEEP Teal.

I was skeptical because Red Heart is, frankly, notoriously rough. But the colors and transitions were so beautiful I just had to try it. I’m very pleased with the result.

This photo is more yellow-tinted than the yarn actually is. Check out the wrong-side photo below for a more accurate photo.

I intend to write a more in-depth review of the yarn, but overall the stitch definition and self-striping are really great. It is rougher than I like for baby blankets, but a friend assured me that the texture was fine and I was being ridiculous for worrying about that.

I used Studio Knit’s Bubble Stitch Pattern, which really is as addictive as it says. It’s absurdly fun (yes, I’m aware how boring this makes me sound) to turn boring stockinette into this impressive pattern by dropping and knitting every 4th stitch in the Knit 4 Below method. I had to watch the video a couple of times, but once I did a couple repeats of the pattern, I was good to go.

Not only is the pattern fun and easy, I really like how the edges came out. I didn’t really like the cast on and cast off edges juxtaposed to the rest of the pattern, but you win some and you lose some.

The transition between the bound off edge and the rest of the pattern is too abrupt for my taste.

I even like how the wrong side looks, which is really rare for me. Generally, I use wrong sides to join colors and fix mistakes, but this one almost looks as good as the right side.

This is a more accurate depiction of the yarn color, too.

This pattern fits my knitting goals of impressive, yet easy. The ombré yarn takes it to the next level. I intend to use this pattern and yarn combination for future baby blankets. I’d prefer a softer yarn for the sake of my hands and the gift recipients, so hopefully one of the softer yarn brands will come out with more vibrant ombré colorways.

I can also see it being really cute on a baby /kid sweater (or vest, because who has time to knit sleeves?). It has a cool scale effect for a kid who is obsessed (or has parents who are obsessed) with mermaids or dragons.

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