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Country Colours Baby Blanket

by Carrie
(Watertown, NY)

Country Colours Blanket

Country Colours Blanket

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

This blanket was made when I first started knitting and this yarn was so soft it was perfect for a baby. The motifs were taken from Babies First Tattoo pattern in Stitch And Bitch Nation book. They were duplicate stitched onto squares made of garter and stockinette stitch. The edges are crocheted and give it a ruffled appearance. Babies like poking their fingers through things and this provided plenty of grip.

What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used size 8 needles and an H crochet hook for the trim. The needles were the first pair that I had ever paid for and are still my favourite to this day. The yarn was almost begging to be made into something and I decided on a blanket. I had never knitted a blanket before, and I never thought to question if I had to skill to make it.

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The blankets I'd made before were based off the idea of 9 patch quilt squares. We lived near a large population of Amish families and I always loved seeing their quilts. So I thought about how bright they were in such bleak seeming lives and assembled this. I had these three colours of this yarn and I liked they looked in the basket holding them. The green was my first choice and it muted the red and yellow while still letting them glow of their own accord.

Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I had to figure out how to sew knitted garter squares together (which is something I hadnt come across yet, I always crocheted them before). The stitching is all done in the yellow so it does show through, but it almost adds its own charm to the blanket.

Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
This blanket has no baby yet, but it sits in the closet awaiting the day I have my second child. It's been a lot longer than I ever planned, but the blanket is patient and so am I. Since I've made this blanket, I've knitted many things. Knitting has become almost an anchor, it soothes me when I'm upset, makes wonderful gifts to give, and showed me patience that I needed to learn as a mother.

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