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Patchwork Knit Baby Blanket

by Liz Straayer
(Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

I designed this blanket for my first child. I wanted a variety of textures for his little fingers to play with. It includes sections of stockinette, cables, seed stitch, and double seed stitch. I also added a slightly lacy border (not too much because it was for a boy!) and a block section with his name.

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

I used US size 9 needles and Caron Simply Soft yarn. I was fairly new to knitting when I made this blanket and wasn't quite as much of a "yarnie" then as I am now! I chose the Simply Soft because I wanted an acrylic (it is for a baby afterall and needs to be easily washable!) and it was the softest acrylic that I could find. I bought them at a chain craft store; Hobby Lobby if my memory serves me right.

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

I designed this because I couldn't find any patterns that matched what I had in my head. It is slightly similar to a blanket that was made for me by a family friend when I was a baby. I chose these colors because they matched his nursery well (Classic Pooh).

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

Surprisingly, it went amazingly well! It took me about three weeks if I remember right.

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

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