28. September 2008 21:50
In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while.
I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project. Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:
Baby Supernova -
made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects. It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable. I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket. Who can argue with that? I found this Star pattern on Ravelry. basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4. If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free. I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit. I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay. Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?
Purple Baby Ripples -
No actual imagination to speak of here. I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done. This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in! And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal. This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope big enough to wrangle this puppy into...
Generic Baby Ripples -
This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours
were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something
special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!
blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of
paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I
know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it
written down anywhere. My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting. I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!
try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row
repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and
back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics
Loosely, cast on 172 stitches
Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Row 3: Knit all stitches
Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges
Happy Blankey Knitting All !