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Joshua's "Baby" Blanket

by Sarah Ketcham
(Hicksville, New York)

Joshua loves his blanket.

Joshua loves his blanket.

Joshua loves his blanket. The finished blanket! Joshua was so happy to finally have his blanket. Joshua sitting on the in-progress blanket.

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

I learned to knit before my son was born, but when he was an infant I didn't dedicate much time to the craft. I knit him one squeaky acrylic hat and called it a day. When he was 3 1/2 years old, my sister had a baby. I knit my nephew a lovely blanket in greens and yellows and it was only after I gave it to my sister that I realized my son deserved one, too.

It's Joshua's "baby" blanket because he wasn't a baby anymore when I finally started knitting it for him - and was even less of one when it was finished! I finally gave it to him when he was a few weeks shy of 5 and he has loved it ever since!

What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?

I used Knit Pick's Shine Worsted in Grass, Green Apple, Sunflower, and Creme Brulee. The needles were Knit Pick's Options in size US 6. I love to knit with circular needles and the Nickel-Plated Options are my favorite needles ever. Interchangeable needles were very useful for this project. Every edge had more and more stitches on it. I started out using the 24" cords and worked my way all the way up to the 60" ones! The yarn was the leftovers from my nephew's blanket - I had to switch yellows because by the time I realized I would need more of it, the Sunflower color had been discontinued. Shine is a deliciously soft cotton yarn with a lovely sheen. It made such a wonderful blanket for my nephew that I knew my son's would be perfect, too.

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?

I used the "log cabin" technique for this blanket. The one for my nephew had been log cabin blocks that were sewn together - I decided to just keep on going around and around on Joshua's blanket. I love the results and it was such an easy process. Green is Joshua's favorite color and I thought offsetting it with the yellow would be nice. When I ran out of the original yellow, I chose the only other yellow they had at the time and made an equal number of strips to add a sense of balance to the two.

Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?

I ran out of yarn three times! I kept on ordering more and more - I ended up with enough leftovers to make me consider knitting yet another blanket from them! The Sunflower being discontinued was also a problem - I did the best that I could at the time and kept on mentally kicking myself for not arranging my colors differently or ordering more when I started! I had the project "in the works" for more than a year, but once I decided to work on it, it flew off the needles! I think I spent about 4 months of dedicated knitting time on it.

Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?

My son absolutely loves his blanket and it has held up beautifully. I am knitting my sister's second child (due July 2011!) a blanket with the leftovers.

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