Softest blankie ever
by RITA FORD
(Saugerties, NY USA)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I knit this blanket for my great-nephew Avery who was born November 2009. His mom wanted specific colors so I was able to incorporate them all by knitting blocks using two strands together. It was knit in "columns" of different colored blocks knit together to create a strip, then those strips were sewn together. I covered the back in flannel so it is reversible.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Bernat Softee Baby and size 7 bamboo needles. The yarn was purchased at Michael's because it was very soft, bright colors, and on sale and the needles were bought at my local yarn shop here in Saugerties, NY; Amazing Threads.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I Knit a blanket like this once before with chunky yarn, but that pattern was only two colors which had more of a checkerboard look. For this one I used the colors my niece requested. I loved the look of the two skeins of different colors together, it created such a cool effect!
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I found that as I was knitting each square I ran the yarn up the edge of the row which made for a messy finish. Next time I might cut the yarn along the way since the blocks are all knit into each oher. I covered the back in flannel to cover up how messy the back looked! Plus the flannel is breatheable, so it doesn't make the babt too hot.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
My niece loves this blanket, as does Avery; who carries it everywhere. It has stood up to numerous washings, and now it is being passed down to the next pregnant niece, making it an official family heirloom!