Hi there, I see in my very near future some change in knitting habits. I will have to change from knitting socks on end and now turn to some baby knitting as 2 precious little ones are soon to show up in my family and friends circle. And knowing that I NEVER knit just 1 thing I better start in time so that everything is done for the babies births.
Now, one will be a girl (99% certain) the other most likely a boy ( the grandmother dreamt it) so I’m thinking at least one has to be a “unisex” blanket.
In fact I actually already have a baby blanket on my needles, in my pile of WIP! This is a blanket I knit using my own yarn and my own design – I decided to knit a fair isle blanket in the round and then steek. I browsed through pattern books and chose a few patterns I liked and off I went. I’m not far from finishing actually so this one should be finished quite soon. Here are some pictures
This is the front of my blanket
This is the back side and if you look closely you can see the stitches that will later be steeked
And here you can see the inside of the blanket which will eventually be the wrong side
So what do you think of the design? This is the first time I do my own baby blanket and I’m rather happy about the outcome. I love working in the round so I absolutely wanted to try doing a blanket this way. My only worry is for the reverse side once finished, will that bother people? But then, when you browse online for blanket patterns not many are fully reversible so I’m guessing this will be just fine. Also the colours are bright and fun so I also feel that this could go both for a girl or a boy.
But then I also have to find a second pattern, or even a third and a fourth! Yes one of the babies has 2 sisters and I’m thinking they would LOVE to get a blanket of their own just like their little sibling. So I might end up doing 4 total:) If you have a favorite blanket pattern or you have something exquisite on your todo list do share as I’m looking for inspiration at the moment. I’m not fixed on yarn thickness or colours so far so any and all suggestions are welcome 🙂
Here are some ideas I found on Ravelry
This is called “A Pink Baby Blanket” and can be found on Ravelry and the Yarnspirations website – free pattern- just click here
There is another pattern from Yarnspirations that I also like a lot and coincidentally it is called Little Boy Blue Blanket
– it is also a free download on their website and you can find a link to it on Ravelry or just click here
Then there is the Chevron blanket from Espace Tricot which is also a free pattern on Ravelry
You can download this here
And on the subject of chevron, I also found this blanket called Lace Chevron Blanket which I find rather nice
This pattern can be found here
Then there are two wood inspired blankets, the first is called Babes in The Wood
and can be found here
And the second one is called Pine Forest Blanket
and can be found here
And then there is the Owl blanket, when I first saw this on Ravelry I immediately went ahead and bought the pattern. I haven’t knit it yet but maybe now’s the time
This is a gorgeous pattern and I could do it in 4 colours or more or just in 2, the pattern is here
Then there are 3 a little different blankets, the first one is round and is called a Pinwheel Blanket. I’ve already made a few of those and they are fun and easy to make and you can do so much with such a simple pattern, you can use a solid colour yarn, you can do gradient yarn, you can do stripes etc to give a different outcome. I rather like this version
This can be found here
Then there is the Entrelac Baby Blanket – this is an original idea for a baby blanket I think and I believe it could be a great idea. I could use a number of colours and do a rainbow version or I can choose muted, pastel colours or I can do just 2-3 colours and get a striped effect
The pattern is here
And then there is the giant mitred square blanket called Colour Your Own Story, there are lots of baby blankets knit using mitred squares but this is the only one, I found, where the blanket is just one giant mitred square and I find the idea amusing
This pattern is also free on Ravelry and you can click here
If I come clean, I actually have a second blanket on my needles in my WIP pile, but that one is not a baby blanket. It’s a blanket I’m knitting for my older daughter using my hand spun yarn in lots of colours. No actual pattern but mostly moss and seed stitch. Sometimes I forget what I’m doing so it is a rather unconventional blanket but as the yarn is thick it doesn’t show that much. My daughter keeps asking when I’m going to finish it and lately it’s been more “when are you going to work on it again”. I got a little tired of it and then fell into the sock knitting mania but now I really have to get serious and do something about this as she will not be happy seeing me knit all those blankets if hers just stays in the “to continue later” pile. Here are some pictures of that blanket at different stages
Wow, that’s a lot of blankets! And there’s even more out there so the choice will not be easy but then again if I embark on knitting 4 then it’s just as well I have a lot to choose from as I would not like to make the same all over again and again.
Now which one do you like best? Have you maybe knit one of those and have a picture to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts:)
Thats all for today, take care and happy knitting