Gavins Snuggle Rug
by Amy Tiland
My best friend Brook was having a baby so I wanted to knit something special and unique for her son Gavin. This was the first blanket and first pattern I ever attempted. I only used 5 skeins for this blanket, the pattern called for 7. I ended the blanket a little sooner because I was running out of time! In the end I am happy with the size of Gavins Snuggle Rug because it is the perfect size for the carseat, stroller or car. Brook is very happy with the special gift and as you can see Gavin is too!
I used size 8 needles, in the round and size 10 needles, in the round. I bought both sets of needles from Michaels. I used needles that you knit in the round with because then you don't have to worry about the yarn slipping off, it scrunches on the cable between the needles. The yarn I chose was Bernat Baby Coordinates 'Chunky' color Toasty Teal. I chose this yarn because it is washable/dryable and seemed appropriate for a baby.
This design is a zig zag pattern with symmetrical holes on both sides of the 'V' in the zig zag. The blanket measures about 30 inches long. This blanket was inspired by the pattern that came with the yarn. I chose the color because teal is Brooks favorite color and it seemed fit for Gavin as well.
I did run into a
couple problems when knitting the blanket. I started off just doing a straight knit pattern with size 8 needles, this pattern seemed too tight which made the yarn stiff I also did not like how the straight knit pattern looked. After knitting for a few months and 3 skeins later I ended up tearing the blanket apart and decided to get the courage to knit the pattern that came with the yarn. I also went and bought size 10 needles, in the round. I researched how to do the different stitches and I buckled down and knitted from August to October every spare minute I had. The blanket ended up being a little smaller than the pattern called for but it turned out to be the perfect cary along blanket.
I would tell anyone who wants to start knitting or to start a new pattern to just do it! Many patterns I have done I did not start out thinking I would be able to do it, but you never know what you can accomplish if you don't try. I received my first pair of knitting needles in December of 2009, I have taught myself how to knit, purl, cast on, cast off and any other stitch that I have done. If you don't like it or mess up you can always start over. I love knitting for my friends and family because I can make unique gifts to match their individual style!