I meant to knit this in aran weight on 4.5 mm needles, but I had so few thicker yarns that it was not a good idea. Instead I knit on 4 mm needles, but combine DK yarns with a thin 4 ply. This works well, and I will probably continue doing it. In a way it frees me from deciding whether a yarn is 4 ply or DK - I can combine any yarns so that the end result is a suitable thickness.
I used to buy a lot of manufactured picture sweaters, and this is one of the last ones to be unravelled. It is a Planet woman's sweater with aran stitched diamonds. I bought it because I thought the pattern would provide suitable lengths of yarn. Not so, there are an awful lot of knots, so the lengths are unpredictably short. I like the yarn, a thick DK wool, several strands unplied. I am using two shades in this blanket, and both disappear.
The second to be unravelled was a hand knitted cardigan with a ruffle edge. It has been competently knitted, down to the ruffle being stitched along the button band. It looked like a Debbie Bliss pattern - she does tend to recycle her patterns in slightly different versions - and I found it in a Jaeger booklet in a charity shop. I didn't buy the booklet. I didn't associate DB with Jaeger. The yarn is lovely, a wool thin yarn. In the end I decided that the pink colour was wrong for this blanket, so I did not use it.
I used up several of my red yarns that I have saved as being too good for blankets. The Peter Gregory is a bright pure wool 4 ply in a one ounce ball; I have about six of these. The Edina Ronay is a Rowan silk wool blend, the cashmere is Jaeger. The Polworth wool is a New Zealand shetland type wool. The colour blends very well and it is nice. I have about six of these too, so it will last for many blankets. The rust yarn at the front is unlabelled, but it feels like silk. At the back is a cone of thin mohair yarn. According to the hand ticked Uppingham label inside the cone it is a mohair and acrylic/polyester blend. It is the same thickness as Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and it feels nearly as nice. It adds softness and a lovely halo to the blanket. I would be very pleased to come across more of this.