The “princess rockstar” rainbow Bounce blanket was the first project I cast off in 2018. Something about this pattern just clicks for me – the combination of lace repeats and garter stitch, plus the excitement of the colour changes, makes this an addictive knit. I did the majority of the knitting over Christmas and New Year, finishing it surprisingly quickly.
There are kits for this blanket in three rainbow options available in the shop: “sunshine and storm” is a cool and modern rainbow that blends moody blues and stormy greys, punctuated by bright rays of yellow brights; from palest peach to blood orange and deep purple, the “princess rockstar” rainbow is a saturated rainbow of hot hot hot colours; and the “classic” rainbow arcs from vivid purples, through lemony yellows to deep submarine blues. All three options will give you a brilliantly vivid rainbow blanket! Kits include 3 skeins of Rainbow Heirloom Sweater yarn in “natural” plus 21 mini skeins in contrast colours: enough to make the larger blanket size.
Notes on blocking a Bounce blanket
I’ve taken great care to make my vivid hand-dyed yarns colourfast, but some of the particularly intense hues have a greater tendency to bleed – this is just the nature of the dyes I use for those super bright colours! When I blocked my “princess rockstar” blanket, which includes some of the deepest reds and most saturated purples, I followed a few precautions to avoid any major disappointments. When it comes to blocking your own heirloom blanket, I’d recommend the following tips…
Fill your sink (or bath, or large bucket) with cool water. At this point, I added about half a cup of white vinegar to the water. You’ll want to submerge your blanket and gently press out the bubbles – but don’t agitate your knitting too much.
This is the important bit: I didn’t leave my blanket soaking for too long! I really wanted to limit the time where any bleeding could occur – in total I probably left it in the water for approximately 7 minutes. Long enough for the knitting to be properly soaked, but not so long that any of the colours will run! After this, it was standard blocking procedure. When you remove your blanket from the water, you’ll want to very gently squeeze out as much water as you can, rolling it up in a towel to really rid it of excess moisture.
Time to pin it out. I used blocking wires to keep the side and top edges of my blanket nice and straight, and pins to shape the castoff edge. And voila! Though this took a little extra effort, it was so worth it for the finished product. The colours have remained perfect! If I ever need to wash my Bounce in the future, I’ll follow the same method as above and limit the time soaking. Though the yarn in these kits is superwash, for the sake of longevity it’s probably best to handwash finished knits (especially in the case of big multi-colour projects!).
If you’re completely new to blocking, you might find it useful to check out this blog post from Tin Can Knits for reference. It offers basic instructions for how to block your knits. Just remember to limit the time that your Bounce blanket spends in the water.
Are you ready to make your own Rainbow Heirloom blanket now? You can order your kit here. I’ll be starting another Bounce for myself soon, perhaps in the “classic” rainbow this time…