I wrote this post earlier this summer when I completed this blanket, but wanted to wait to post it until the baby shower for my SIL a few weeks ago- I didn't want to ruin the surprise!
A number of years ago I stumbled upon a pattern (also found on ravelry as "A Recipe for Fish") for knitting fish that could be assembled into a blanket. The beauty of the pattern (as well as many others) is that you can really customize it based on what you use and how many fish you make. The more fish you knit, the bigger the blanket, and the larger the yarn and needles, the bigger the fish and blanket.
|the growing school. sorry, gauge, they aren't real!|
|finished fish sampler. very colorful, not very large.|
|one fish. two fish.|
|red fish. blue fish.|
We all know how much I love having to finish knitting projects by sewing the pieces together, so I reduced the finish sewing by knitting continuous rows of fish that could then be sewn together. I mapped it out so that the colored fish were in every other row; this made it easy as I started and ended the "ocean" rows with the nose of the fish, and started and ended the "fish" rows with the tail of the fish. I also eliminated stockinette rows that create a prominent fin, and knit each fish entirely in garter stitch. I don't mind purling, but this meant I didn't have to worry about there being a right or wrong side to the fabric when assembling the blanket.
|wavy top border.|
|three rows grapefruit, one row reef.|