Hand Knit Pidyon Ha'Ben Blanket for Samy
by Jaclyn Wolfe
Almost full blanket view
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This blanket was hand knit over nearly a month's time for my friend who had just had her first-born child, a son. I had started the blanket before he was born and they were not findning out about the sex so I chose green as a gender-neutral color (also my favorite color and the color of the baby's room). I decided on 3 separate patterns to constitute the blocks in the blanket. I did a checkerboard, diagonal line, and finally a seed stitch pattern. The pattern is a mirror image so the seed stitch is doubled and the diagonal and checkerboard pattern repeat. I used a cone of 100% cotton yarn so the blanket would not irritate the baby's sensitive skin and could be washed without worry. i prefer to use a cone of yarn with baby blankets because they stand to take a lot of abuse over the years and this way there are no ends that could become unraveled within the blanket.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used size 8 Clover bamboo needles and Cotton Clouds softball .75 100% cotton yarn in pale yellow green. I chose the yarn based on pictures of thebaby room and the fact that it was a washable 100% cotton available in a cone (956 yards).
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired
by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The pattern I made was based on simple stitches. I wanted the blanked to be a classic design that could mesh with any design the mother chose for the baby room as well as a gender neutral design since I didn't know the sex of the baby when i began knitting. I figured a simple collection of geometric patterns would fit the bill.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I did run into some problems knitting htis blanket because there was so much switching between purlin an knitting and the differnt block patterns were relativly similar, I would sometimes find myself switching to a previous pattern midway through a different block. The blanket took me a little over a month to knit.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
This blanket was meant to be a simple shower gift for my friend Sofi, who lives in Panama (I live in the US). I put a lot of time and effort into this gift, however, because I was sad that I couldn't come visit her and meet her new baby. She ended up loving the blanket so much she used it at the Pidyon Ha'Ben mitzvah for their son, the second picture is from this ceremony. I was very honored to see my creation included in such a special ceremony.
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