Vintage Inspired Heirloom Blanket
by Diane S
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This baby blanket was knit for a donation to a friend's auction. My friend's daughter, Jennifer is a Peace Core Volunteer in Burkina Faso in Africa. The auction was held to help Jennifer raise money to build a library in her village.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I knit this blanket on size 9 circular needles using 5 skeins of Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton purchased at Michaels.
Since I did not know who would win this baby blanket at the auction, I chose this yarn because it is a soft organic cotton which is ideal for babies with sensitive skin or allergies to wool.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
I based the design of this blanket on Barbara Walker's Fluted Rib Pattern from the book A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I especially like this pattern because when finished, the blanket has the same design on both sides, so it looks beautiful no matter how it is folded, swaddled or cuddled. I decided to knit the blanket in the color Almond because it is a neutral color, perfect for boy or girl.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I did not run into any problems while knitting this blanket. It took about three weeks to knit.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I really love looking through vintage knitting patterns and modifying them to make heirloom quality items for my family and friends.