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Ties That Bind Blanket

by CJ Field
(Appleton, WI, USA)

Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.

This is one of the nearly one hundred afghans I have made for children with Down syndrome in the past year. Each one follows the same pattern, with a special "DNA" border, but is personalized for each child's preference in both color and texture.

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What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used a size H crochet hook; Caron Super soft in light blue, soft blue and country blue; and TLC Essentials in Island. All supplies were bought online.

Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The pattern is a simply v-stitch/shell alteration. The border is done in a three round single crochet, cross over (x), single crochet pattern that reminds me of a twisted strand of DNA, where Down syndrome occurs. The colors were chosen to represent the Down syndrome awareness colors of blue and yellow.

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Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
The only problem I run into is not having enough time to make more! On average, it takes me three to four days to finish one, or about eighteen total hours of work.

Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
This afghan now belongs to a beautiful little boy named John Michael who has Down syndrome! He is very attached to it and sleeps with it nightly!

www.thet21travelingafghanproject.com







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Feb 15, 2011
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LOVE this blanket!
by: Monica

This is my son's blanket that CJ made for him. It is gorgeous, cozy, beautifully handknit and John Michael uses it all the time. CJ's love for our kids with Down syndrome really shows in each unique piece she creates. Thank you, CJ!

Feb 15, 2011
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Our blanket really does bind
by: Anonymous

I found CJ through her blanket. I too have a daughter with Down syndrome.Due to some unfortunate circumstances, she was taken away from the family, and friends that she knew prior to us adopting her. Through the DNA on CJ"S blanket... we are all brought back together.J now has her forever family, and a huge extended family and tons of friends that can continue to watch her grow. Really all because of her blankets. They areally are made with love.

Feb 09, 2011
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Beautiful
by: KYouell

Beautiful work, colors and pattern. So glad you are doing the Traveling Afghan Project. You deserve some recognition for it!

Feb 09, 2011
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Love the DNA
by: Kim Sarff

What sets these blankets apart from the rest is the meaning behind them. I love the "DNA" in each one.
very special and truly unique!

Feb 09, 2011
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Awesome
by: Anonymous

You have made awesome blankets. Inspired me to make afghans for some patients at work :)

Feb 09, 2011
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Love It
by: Jan

I love CJs afghans. She does beautiful work. I especially love this one. It has so much meaning behind it. YOu can tell it was made with love.

Feb 09, 2011
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CJ
by: Anonymous

I love CJ's blankets. Your work is beautiful. I love the meaning of this one. So precious.

Feb 09, 2011
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Beautiful
by: Anonymous

The is beautiful not only because of the design, but also the meanings behind it. I would be honored to have such a beautiful afghan wrapped around my own specially designed gene little girl.

Feb 09, 2011
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A little something extra
by: Anonymous

So very nice and extra special by the meaning added in the design.

Feb 09, 2011
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Yes!
by: CJ

Barb, yes! I put the three stitches together and realized it looked JUST like DNA! I was playing around with various borders when designing the blanket and when I saw how THAT looked, it was a done deal!

Feb 09, 2011
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Yes!
by: CJ

Barb, yes! I put the three stitches together and realized it looked JUST like DNA! I was playing around with various borders when designing the blanket and when I saw how THAT looked, it was a done deal!

Feb 09, 2011
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Beautiful!
by: Barb Rizk

Very inspired CJ! Did you design the DNA pattern yourself? Lovely!

Feb 09, 2011
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Inspiration
by: Gina S

I love your blankets. They are made with such love and care. You are an inspiration to us all. As a mom with a child that has Down Syndrome also, I want to say thank you for all that you do. Keep up the great work!

Feb 09, 2011
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Down Syndrome blanket
by: Annne

What an amazing job you have done. Love it. it truly represents the colours for all children with Down Syndrome speaking form a Mom of a daughter with Down Syndrome. AWSOME JOB

Feb 09, 2011
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Traveling Afghan
by: Cherie Fuentez

You have such an amazing talent. It is so easy to see that each afghan you have made was done with tender loving care. Being a Mommy to a Down's child, words can not describe the happy feeling I get whenever I see each one of afghans you have created. Girl, you are blessing!!! Please continue making them!!

Feb 09, 2011
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Our blanket
by: Maysons mama

When CJ asked us to be the first of sharing the Down Syndrome Afghan, we felt so honored. We got it in the mail and took it everywhere we went! When it was time to pack it up and send it to the next DS family, I knew I had to have CJ make Maysons very own afghan. Mayson sleeps with it every night, its the only thing she really as been attached too!! Something we will treasure forever!!!!!!!

Feb 09, 2011
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Great Work!
by: Laura C

I know personaly the work done by CJ is excellent. The experience, time and love put into each blanket she does is very apparent. Just another beautiful demonstration of her work.

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