First project of the year is off the needles: the brioche baby blanket is done! It came out a little bit longer than I'd planned, but I wanted to use the full colour repeat on both balls of yarn in order to get a fully reversible blanket in both directions. The two-colour brioche was a lot of fun to knit: just challenging enough that I didn't get bored, but simple enough that I could work on it during football games and knit nights. And I just love how the colours play off each other.

Not to mention that it's kept my lap warm while I work on it.

A handknit brioche baby blanket in gradient stripes of greens, pinks, blues and purples. It is 30 inches wide by 33 inches long.

I couldn't quite wrap my head around the sewn Italian bind-off, so I did a regular one. It doesn't quite match... but honestly, I like the look of the regular one better!

Of course, that still leaves me with a third ball of yarn (Lion Brand Mandala) in this colourway (Troll), but I think I might use it to machine-knit a scarf for donation to a local charity. It's cheerful colours, it's easy-care acrylic, and it's surprisingly warm.

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