Logalong: A Blanket Finished (Plus Free Pattern)

By Ann Shayne
March 1, 2018

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  • My cat ALWAYS can tell the difference between a pure wool yarn and acrylic ones. Gorgeous blanket!

    • So does mine—Roger actually sniffs for my yarn, then gnaws right on down!

  • Great!

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Question – how does one wash a large blanket? It definitely would not fit in my handknits washing bucket

    • I have a great method for washing your hand knits–including the biggest blanket. It works like a dream and has the seal of approval from my friend Pat who just retired as a fiber engineer at Consumer Reports.

      Here’s what you’ll need:

      A top loading washing machine.
      Some no rinse wool wash or mild laundry soap (think Woolite or liquid Ivory Snow)

      Here’s what you want to avoid:

      Hot water
      Running water directly on your knitting
      Powdered soap

      Here’s what you do:

      Using the manual settings, fill the washer tub with cold or tepid water. While it is filling add in whichever soap you’re using. When the tub is full, turn the washer off and add your knitting evenly distributed in the tub. Gently push it into the water until it is all submerged. Now leave it alone for 15 to 20 minutes.

      When it has soaked long enough, turn the washer to spin and let the spin cycle do it’s magic. The water will drain out and you will be left with some slightly damp knitting that you can do whatever you need to with it. Need to pin it out to size, block the heck out of it or simply let it dry flat, you’ll be good to go.

      Note: If you used a regular laundry soap, you may need to give it an extra rinse. Just take the knits out of the washer (remember–we don’t want to run water on them) and fill the tub with cool or tepid water again. Submerge the knits in the water. Give it a minute or two and maybe gently move the knits around. Then spin it again.

      Don’t have a top load washer? Neither do I. But I have friends and family who do. I find that an offer of some nice baked goods and coffee make me a welcome wool guest. If you throw in an offer to wash all their sweaters for them while you visit, you’ll be a hero.

      P.S. Do this with your store bought knits too. You’ll save a fortune in dry cleaning.

      • Thank you so much, Karen, for this detailed response! I don’t have a top load washing machine, but my parents do! I guess I am concerned about the spin cycle but spin cycle does not equal agitation and I trust you and the Fiber Engineer from Consumer Reports!

      • Excellent advice, Karen! Thanks so much for this wisdom.

    • Or, soak in the bathtub, spin dry in the washer. Some front-loaders have a spin-only setting, but even absent that most have some way to cancel a cycle and skip directly to the spin part (it’s not always obvious how to do this, so you may need to read your manual).

      Or or, soak in the bathtub, then overlap all the towels you own to roll up the dripping thing and walk on the roll, as usual. It’s not elegant, but as long as you’ve got the floor space, it works! In my household, barring disaster, large wool blankets don’t get washed more than once a year (and, keeping it real, sometimes considerably less often — I spot clean small mishaps of course). It’s easier to put up with an ungainly process if you only have to do it infrequently.

      If you find yourself spinning dry hand washed items frequently and your washer doesn’t make it easy to do so, it might be worth getting a dedicated spin dryer: https://www.dharmatrading.com/tools/nina-soft-spin-dryer.html
      For those with the space and plumbing, I’ve known people to buy an inexpensive used top-loader to keep in the garage/basement and use only for hand washing woolies and other delicates (great for felting and tub dyeing, too!).

      • Spinning is definitely the way to go. For small items, like oh, maybe some Squad Mitts, a salad spinner works just fine.

        • Thank you, Susan! My husband asked if he could throw out the salad spinner the other day since we never use it. Now we must keep it!

      • So great–I never thought of a washing machine as a single-use appliance, but this is perfect!

      • Thank you, Julia! I have searched for the “Spin Only” cycle on our washing machine when we got it and was sad I did not find it. But now I know to check the manual to see if there is anything about cancelling a cycle!

        • In my washer’s manual, it is only mentioned very offhandedly as a side note in the section describing the button in question, whose main function is something else (there’s no labeling on the washer itself indicating which button will cancel a cycle in progress). Well hidden!

  • Truly an Olympian feat strong and beautiful. When I first leaned to knit someone gave me a worn set of copies of a “Learn to Knit”afghan. It has 63 squares. I took the copy,recompiled on heavier paper and had the copy shop put a binder and cover page do it. I have never touched it but NOW #Squadgoals.

    • Go for it! It’s so fun!

  • Simply stunning! Maybe I will attempt this project after all!

    • It is uncommonly addicting.

  • I just love looking at all the different sequences. The eye is drawn to looking at all of them and enjoying the variety and creativity. Great project.

  • Your blanket is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pattern and suggestions! I am slowly working on my own modified logalong blanket – work, sleep and all those other daily activities are slowing me down. I will get it done though!

  • Kermit obviously good taste. It is stunning, and looks SO cozy.

  • I am inspired! Thank you!

  • My first project as an adult knitter was a sampler afghan. The cat has it now….

  • Gorgeous blanket! And I love the reference to Mike Mulligan.

  • That is a stunner! I’m fascinated by the sequence shifting. Another on the someday list for me.

  • Gorgeous yarn, gorgeous project, and very gorgeous and wise kitty – mine can definitely tell the difference between great and not so great yarns. 🙂

  • Bravo, Ann!! It’s beautiful!

  • Love this. Would so like to do it myself, but know I’ll never get to it.
    So, wonderful to do it vicariously! Beautiful!
    Now on to finishing my Carbeth….

  • Kermit has wonderful taste. You blanket turned out gorgeous!

  • So beautiful! I watch the end of the world on the couch with my husband, too. Gotta say the blanket is a better solution for comfort than gin….

  • Your blanket is lovely and so is your kitty!❤️

  • Awesome!!! Great job!!!

  • I have been watching your blanket progress and have been smitten from first sight. I’m working on my own, incorporating your patterns, colors etc. Thanks so much for giving us a roadmap!

    • I can’t wait to see what you come up with–please keep me posted!

  • Ann you are so talented! It is beautiful!

  • Love the expression on Kermit’s face in the first photo! “I’m Kermit, and I approve this blanket.” (The blanket looks great!)

  • I love how Kermit’s paw is possessively placed in top photo. And he looks so *serious* about it! LOL

  • Both the blanket and Kermit look great!

  • L.O.V.E.!!!!!!

  • Wowy-wow WOW! Ann, this does sound like an absolutely fun knit! Also, you’re telling of it captures the imagination. Thanks for the great recipe for making this blanket. Can Kermit be rented to make this particular knitting experience complete? 😉

  • Beautiful blanket. My 3 cats also “assist” when I am knitting. Their favourite trick is to grab the ball of wool from the wool winder and run off with it when I am unwinding a skein, and Cleo announces very loudly that she has a present for me and drops a handful of unspun merino tops in my lap.

  • Simply elegant, gorgeously done and the best of all—it looks hand-made even in its perfection! Think am going to try this . . . Thank you so much for making and sharing.

  • Absolutely gorgeous on both sides!!! Very inspiring.

  • This looks lovely. I might have to stash away this idea for my next blanket. Once I finish my log cabin one that is!

  • How is it a free pattern if you have to buy a book first?