by Ellie Schatz
(Madison, WI, USA)
Sugar with the blanket when it was opened
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I had knit several hooded baby blankets for which the original pattern called for the hood to look like a bear’s face. Each child received a different animal face. Little Coda’s parents had a beloved boxer named Sugar. Sugar had a distinctive profile with a white face and a blackish brown eye on one side that was starting to grey with age. I decided to knit a “Suggie Blankie” for Coda.
As it happened, Sugar contracted cancer and died a few months after Coda was born. Thus the “suggie blankie” has taken an on an even deeper meaning for Coda’s parents. Now, as he turns two, Coda curls up with his “suggie blankie” each night in his new “big boy bed,” and his parents look forward to his many years of sleeping and playing with “Suggie.”
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used #9 needles. The primary yarn is Velvet Touch. The crocheted trim is of a mohair blend which is no longer available. I believe the eye is knit in Boku by Plymouth, color #60, but the important factor was to find a color that matched the real Sugar’s eye.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I adapted a pattern from
a book of baby patterns. It is a copy, and I don’t have the credit information from the cover and initial pages of the book. It is entitled #14, “Blankie,” and noted as very easy. The original pattern was in a different gauge and of a “teddy bear-like” face. I made that first blanket in January 2003.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
The challenge was the eye. I used a pompom for the nose and decided to do the same for the eye. I cut a black pompom in half, sewed it on, and then knit the rest of the eye so that the brownish-blackish-grayish lid went right over the eye.
I can’t remember the exact knitting time, but as noted above, it is basically a simple stockinette stitch.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Before this one, I knit a general pug face for a couple who had and loved pugs. This was my first personalized blankie and it was so much fun to be able to be recreate a real dog. Coda’s first word was dog, pronounced “god.” He loves dogs, and when his parents gave him the “suggie blankie” just before his second birthday, he immediately fell in love with this special blankie. He sleeps with it tucked under his chin every night.