Bubbles Baby Blanket
by Deneen St. Amour/Yarns and Musings
(East Coast, US)
Babysoft Pompadour & Pound of Love
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This was a pattern I wrote up in 2005 because I needed a fast baby gift, but I also wanted a blanket that would be perfect for a car seat or stroller because I remembered when my daughter was a baby how much I didn't like the blanket dragging on the ground or falling onto the car floor. This can be done without any border and it lays flat or you can add a fancy shell border for a more feminine look and even have seen ribbons stranded through the border.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
The original pattern was done with two colors of Pound of Love because I had it in my stash. I have since made it with Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft Yarn and the picture shown is done in Lion Brand Babysoft Pompadour and Pound of Love, all with two strands together, as well as single stranded Lion Brand Homespun, Lion Brand Cotton Ease (done in blocks for my daughter) and am working on a bright turquoise and lime green in Caron Simply Soft Brites. For the double stranded, I used an M hook (9.0 mm) for Caron Simply Soft, one pictured done with an 8.0 mm (L hook) because the yarn was finer, and single stranded a K hook and for the Cotton Ease a J hook. All hooks chosen to to go with the yarn and all yarn chosen from stash and also from different color visions I had.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
No, just needed something done quickly and it worked.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
It can be done in a day.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
So far, on Ravelry alone, there are 244 in queues, as well as I have had people from all over the world write to me and send pictures. It's a free pattern on my website, Crochet Pattern Central and Crochet Pattern a Day Calendar. Many have contacted me for permission to use this pattern to teach classes, use for groups doing projects for Project Linus and has been translated in French (with my permission, of course). It's amazing how many people write about this blanket to thank me and it was the first pattern I ever "designed"