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.
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.
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!