Precious Baby Blanket
by Manuella Pop
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I have been making baby hats & booties for
a long time, and so I decided to start making blankets. Mothers
and babies both loved them, so I just kept on making them! The pattern that I use is my own. I used stitches that are reversible-- that way, the blanket would look beautiful on both sides.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used "Pound of Love" yarn (Red Lion brand), and I found this yarn at both Michael's and JoAnn's. I always used their 40% off coupons. I love how soft the yarn is, and I also appreciated that it comes in so many different colors! That way, I never get bored of knitting blankets with the same few colors. Another reason I love the "Pound of Love" yarn is that I can make a WHOLE blanket using just one skein! I used circular #9 "Clover" knitting needles.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I grew up in Romania, and I've been knitting since I was 6 years old. Since I never learned how to read patterns, I came up with my own baby blanket pattern by using certain stitches in order, and then always finishing with crocheted edges.
I have given away
many of my hand-made blankets. I always have two ready-made blankets of each color, so that they're ready to go whenever a friend has a new baby. :)
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I didn't run into any problems, since I'm following my own "pattern." I can knit one blanket a week (if I knit off and on throughout the week).
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Using the information from the yarn label, I created my own set of care directions, and I give away all my blankets with washing instructions tag. I want their blankets to stay fresh and beautiful for as long as possible. :)
When I finish knitting each blanket, I lightly steam-iron them (using a wet cotton cloth). This gives them a nice shape and also a little bit of weight.
I want to encourage other knitters out there to come up with their own designs-- use stitches you know, get creative with the way you arrange them, and come up with something unique!
Even if you're a beginner knitter, if you know how to pearl and knit, you can create something special.
I'm very grateful for the many tutorials, knitting websites, and yarn stores that make it SO easy to learn new things! Thank you for hosting this contest!