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Larkin's Big Girl Blanket

by Leigh Anne Staton
(Gastonia, NC)

across the bottom of a king bed

across the bottom of a king bed

across the bottom of a king bed Larkin on her nursing chair -- so tiny with such a big blanket. detail  -- two of my favorite sections - XO, and the trellis stitch I love how the nature of the gray section created an unexpected ripple!

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.


Larkin's Big Girl Blanket began before she was born in November 2010. She is my first grandchild and I wanted something more than just a 'baby' blanket. I designed this to be used in her nursing chair to warm her & her Mom, then for Larkin to use on her 'big girl' bed, and hopefully, one day, to take with her when she leaves home. I chose a simple recursive repeat, using four colors, and almost no pattern repeats.

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

I used Universal Yarn's Classic Worsted purchased at The Yarn Shop by Rainy Day Creations, Inc. in Pineville, NC, and size 8 Knit Denise Interchangeable Needles. I wanted the blanket to be washable & dryable. I mean, who wants to flat dry a big girl blanket!? Plus, every time it is washed, it seems to get softer!

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

The colors were chosen to match Larkin's nursery -- yellow, gray, white and pink. I also thought they would be timeless colors for a little girl, even as she grows up. The pattern designs were used to reflect how things change so quickly as life comes our way -- no two events are alike and rarely do things repeat themselves. As I finished one section, only then did I decide what design to use on the next. I wanted this blanket to reflect the uniqueness of each stage in a young girl's life. I especially want her to know how much I loved knitting each section, just as I will love her as she grows and changes through each stage of her life.


Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I started the blanket mid-September 2010 and finished mid-December. I took it almost everywhere I went, including to the hospital when she born on November 8, 2010, knitting in the waiting room as we were waiting for her grand appearance.

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

Knitting has been such a comfort in my life. I learned to knit about 6 years ago when my 12 year old niece taught me the basic knit stitch. Since then, it's been such a great learning experience and has brought me to places where I've met some very wonderful people. Knitters just seem to connect in a very special way. I feel so blessed to have learned this timeless craft and art form.

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Sep 17, 2015
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Wonderful!!!!!! NEW
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Aug 14, 2014
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The Pattern is on Ravelry! :) NEW
by: Leigh Anne

Hi All! I've finally published the pattern on Ravelry --- that took a while, ya think?

Here's the link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/larkins-big-girl-blanket

Thanks, Sharon, for the comment here to remind me :)


Aug 14, 2014
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Larkins baby blanket NEW
by: Sharon

This blanket is gorgeous. I have a 3 year granddaughter who wants grandma to make a blanket for her big girl bed and I was wondering do you share this pattern and if so can I please know how to do it. Thanks for a loving grandmother

Feb 17, 2011
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Best Blanket Ever!
by: Emily -- Larkin's Mom

This is certainly the best blanket we received for Larkin. Not only is it stunning, but it is the softest blanket. Perfect for middle of the night feedings, the blanket sits on the back of the glider and can easily be pulled over to wrap up mom and baby. We have spent many a night and many a nap wrapped in this blanket and I'm always proud to show it off. This is such a special gift or project to make when preparing for a little one! Thanks Mom!!

Feb 12, 2011
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Exciting!
by: Cindy

The blanket is beautiful and would be very interesting to make because of all of the pattern and color changes. Doing a 4 or 8 or 12 row repeat gets old!

Feb 12, 2011
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wrong birth year
by: Leigh Anne

Thanks Marie for pointing out the error! Larkin was born in NOVEMBER 2010...NOT in the future ;)

Thank you all for your nice comments. Working on this blanket was a challenge and a comfort at the same time. I got lots of advice from great knitters and from my artist son, Taylor (Larkin's Uncle Chewie), who helped me with the stitch choices and overall recursive pattern selection. I couldn't have done it without him.

I was blessed beyond measure by this project and have prayed throughout it's creation that it would bless and comfort my daughter & grandchild.

Feb 11, 2011
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Beautiful Blanket!
by: Anonymous

I Love it....I want one when I have some grandkids!

Feb 11, 2011
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More than meets the eye
by: L.Reid

Lots of folks can crank out stitches. The thought behind the choice of colors and variety of patterns impressed me! A cut above!

Feb 11, 2011
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Beautiful
by: Marie

I was lucky enough to see this blanket come to life. I know the care and thought you put into picking each section making sure there was a smooth transition from the pattern before it. It couldn't be more beautiful.

I remember all the oohs and ahhs each step of the way and when you finished and laid it out for us, we were speechless.

Larkin is such a lucky girl to be able to grow up with this work of beautiful art.

Feb 11, 2011
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More than meets the eye
by: Lydia Reid

Lots of folks crank out stitches. The thinking behind the choices of colors and array of patterns makes this blanket a notch above the usual!

Feb 11, 2011
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by: judy

Great blanket !!!

Feb 11, 2011
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Big Girl Blanket
by: Karen L

It truly is beautiful & obvious it is knit with much love. She will love it as she gets older & will be something to treasure when grown.

Feb 11, 2011
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Exciting!
by: Cindy

This blanket is beautiful and would be so interesting and fun to make because of the pattern and color changes within the blanket itself. It is not the same repeat over and over.

Feb 11, 2011
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Made with love!
by: melissa

So beautiful and made with love!

Feb 10, 2011
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Love it!
by: Karen

It's beautiful!

Feb 10, 2011
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Larkin's Big Girl Blanket
by: J Spencer

I have seen this blanket in person and it is so beautiful. There is so much love in it. WOW

Feb 10, 2011
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Oh My!!
by: Barbara

That pic of the baby in the chair is awesome.

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