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Lullaby Baby Blanket

by Anne Clar
(British Columbia, Canada)

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

I knit this blanket for my grandson when he was a baby (he's now 4.5). It has a border of flowers and fleecy sheep guarding the following verse:

Sleep, baby, sleep
Your father tends the sheep
Your mother shakes the dreamland tree
And from it fall sweet dreams for thee
Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep
Our cottage vale is deep
The little lamb is on the green
With snowy fleece so soft and clean
Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep,
Down where the woodbines creep
Be always like the lamb so mild
A kind, and sweet, and gentle child
Sleep, baby, sleep

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

I wanted to make a blanket that was soft, high-quality, and could be used for years (perhaps even passed down to great-grandchildren). I chose Lanett merino wool by SandnesGarn because it is beautiful to work with, soft and warm, and machine washable. I bought the wool at the Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria, BC. I used 2.25 mm straight needles.

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

The pattern is "Sleep Baby Sleep" by Teresa Boyer from "Nursery Rhyme Knits". I picked the colours pictured in the book, partly because of all the blue (I was knitting for a boy, after all), and partly because I liked the contrast of the blue letters against the pale yellow background. I mostly picked this pattern because of the verse, though - it is so beautiful.

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

This is a fairly complex pattern - I had to make sure I was tucked away from distraction when I knit it (no TV!). I also had to watch the letters carefully as they emerged - any mistakes would make the verse more difficult to read (although I think I missed one or two...) It took me about 2.5 months of concentrated knitting to finish this.

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

I sewed a light blue minky fabric on the back of the blanket, so it is soft and snuggly. My newest grandson (born in November) is enjoying the blanket now. It makes me so happy that something I made is being enjoyed so much - THAT is why I knit.

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Feb 01, 2011
Lovely Verse
by: Ryan Hollist

I truly love the idea of having a special verse for the child to learn as they grow up. While the blanket may eventually fall apart, the memory will live on.

Jan 03, 2011
Blanket for my son
by: Bobbi

Thanks, Mom for this blanket - we love it!

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