Warm & Toasty Snowflakes
by Michelle Sears
Snowflake Eyelet 1
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This baby blanket was made for a friend who is expecting in March. I wanted to make something that would look like a patchwork quilt and with the snowflakes piling up outside the windows, it seemed like the perfect pattern.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Plymouth Dreambaby DK I purchased at a LYS and my wonderful Knit Picks interchangeable Options needles in size 7. I chose Dreambaby DK because it is acrylic, affordable, and I wanted it to be easily washable by the mom-to-be.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The Snowflake Eyelet pattern came from the new book "Our best Knit Baby Afghans Book II" by Leisure Arts. Since I was making it for a baby boy, I chose off-white. It's sweet and delicate, yet warm and snugly - perfect for a little dozing newborn.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I did run into a bit of trouble in the beginning! When I was starting the snowflake section, the pattern didn't seem to match the picture of the finished item. I checked for an errata, but couldn't find one. After about a half hour of checking and re-checking my stitches and the pattern, I deduced that the picture was wrong! The pattern intended for there to be alternating squares, but the person who made the sample knit the snowflake pattern across all the blocks in a row. It set me back a bit figuring it out, but the project took nearly a month to complete so it wasn't such a big deal in the long run.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I'm very pleased with the way the blanket came out and am proud that my hands created something that will bundle a new little one in warmth and love.