Hej everyone! I have good news! Remember that baby blanket I was knitting when I went adventuring to Yosemite? Well, I finally have it (nearly) finished! Good thing, since the baby it was for was born in June.
In case you ever want to make a super simple blanket, I start by casting on between 120 and 150 stitches, doing ten rows in garter stitch, and then using garter stitch for the first and last ten stitches of every row while doing a stockinette stitch for the center of the blanket. I finish the blanket with ten rows of garter stitch. The garter boarder keeps the blanket from curling, as typically happens with stockinette stitch, but you still get that classic stockinette look.
My other favorite baby blanket pattern is to use a vine lace pattern (pictured at the top). You cast on stitches in multiples of nine, plus four. So for example, I typically cast on 139 or 148 stitches. The pattern is a four-row repeat:
- Row 1: k3 [yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1] K1
- Row 2: purl
- Row 3: k2 [yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1] k2
- Row 4: purl
I struggle to use markers with this because of the yarn overs, slip-slip-knits, and knit two togethers. But if you pay attention, it makes an absolutely beautiful pattern.
In these last couple of weeks, I also knit a pair of baby mittens for a colleague. That pattern goes like this:
- Cast on 29 stitches. Arrange on three dp needles.
- Start by knitting the first two stitches together. [k1 p1] rib for the first ten rows.
- Row 11: k1 [yo k2tog] k1
- Row 12: [k1 p1]
- Row 13-26, alternate [k1 p1] for two rows and [p1 k1] for two rows.
- Row 27: knit
- Row 28: purl
- Row 29: k1 k2tog k8 k2tog k2 k2tog k8 k2tog k1
- Row 30: k1 k2tog k6 k2tog k2 k2tog k6 k2tog k1
- Row 31: k1 k2tog k4 k2tog k2 k2tog k4 k2tog k1
- Row 32: k1 k2tog k2 k2tog k2 k2tog k2 k2tog k1
- Row 33: k1 k2tog k2tog k2 k2tog k2tog k1
- Pull yarn through remaining loops and tie off.
- Cast on 80 stitches; knit one row and cast off. This is the tie at the wrist (it goes through the holes created in row 11)
These are super simple; they take a little over an hour to work up but they’re very cute!
So now the question remains…what should I work on next?
I have a pattern for a baby blanket that does stars and moons in stockinette and reverse stockinette, and a super pretty buttery yellow yarn. I have a heathered purple and grey yarn that I’m planning on using in a vine lace baby blanket. I have some feathery black and white fun yarn that I have no idea what to do with, and a beautiful turquoise varigated yarn that would make a lovely simple baby blanket like the one I just finished. And that’s just the blanket options! There are mittens and yoga socks and fingerless gloves and scarves…I’d like to practice cables again…the options are endless!
I probably have about another hour yet to go on the current baby blanket, so I have a bit of time to decide. But if you have any thoughts, do let me know!
Your homework: Do you do anything with your hands that is soothing? I love the rhythm of knitting, for example.