Monday, April 19, 2010

Never say never

After I made 3 baby blankets over the course of one summer, I had my head examined and subsequently swore off knitting blankets forever. Sure enough, the next summer J talked me into making one more for his boss. Fine. One more, but never again. I kept this promise for awhile. I didn’t even make a blanket for my own kid! Luckily, I have good friends who didn’t let Alice go without wooly blanket goodness.

baby blanket with cat feet
Zoe gives the blanket her seal of approval

Fast forward to late last summer when a friend announced her second pregnancy and asked that I make her new baby a blanket. During the Summer ‘o Baby Blankets, I knit her first child a baby blanket and it had become one of her beloved blankies. How could I refuse making baby #2 a blanket? I’d rather knit something huge and boring if it’s going to be loved than something quick and entertaining if it will collect dust somewhere. Repeating this to myself over and over helped me actually believe it.

stitch pattern
Close up of the stitch pattern

So, I broke my promise to myself and cast on for another blanket. After making 4 Big Bad Baby Blankets, I decided it was time to move on to another pattern and selected a modified version of the Organic Baby Wrapper. With just a couple extra repeats, it was a perfect blanket-size and worked perfectly with my go-to baby yarn, Blue Sky Organic Cotton.

Pattern: Organic Baby Wrapper
Yarn: Blue Sky Organic Cotton, 3.5 hanks in Nut
Needles: Size 9 Addis
Mods: Larger needles. Added two repeats to the width. Only used one color yarn. Knit until it was blanket size.

cat and blanket
The entire blanket in all its glory. Ignore the mess, please.

Surprisingly enough, knitting the blanket was painless. Turns out adding a pattern instead of row upon row of stockinette can really improve the blanket-making process. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make one for my new baby? Let’s not get too crazy, though.

That’s right, I’m pregnant again! With another girl! We could be more excited that come September Alice will have a new sister. Bring on the next round of baby knitting!