When I put up my new blog header last week I suddenly realized I had never posted about the blanket that's in the middle of the collage. To be honest, I'm not much of a blanket knitter. There are dozens of socks and sweaters and vests to be found in my home, but not a single handknit blanket. Still, a new baby needs a new blanket, so with the upcoming birth of Rebekah and Anton's first child I cast on.
It can be a bit overwhelming trying to pick out a baby blanket pattern. I wanted one that wasn't too fussy. It needed to look like it would stand up to not just babyhood, but could also be used down the road to build blanket forts, snuggle up with while watching a movie, or simply using on a bed without having it look babyish.
That took the Ravelry search down from over 13,000 to a more manageable number in the low hundreds, but that was still a lot of patterns to choose from. It wasn't until I started thinking about this baby, and how she will be the first one in their family to be born in Canada, that I knew which blanket I needed to knit. Here's my version of the Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket.
I used Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted yarn to knit the blanket. It has become my "go to" yarn when I want to knit with superwash yarn. In general I'm not a fan of superwash, but let's face it. What new mom wants to hand wash a baby blanket? And even if she did, I could see disaster in the making the first time Anton did a load of baby clothes.
I was surprised at how big it was once I cast off and spread it out on the floor. Definitely big enough for a blanket fort at some future date!
I have to confess that I was more than a little bit tired of garter stitch by the time I finished. And the bigger the blanket grew, the hotter and more unwieldy it became to work with. But I'm really happy with the finished project, and hope the parents to be are as well. I told myself I couldn't cast on any baby sweaters until I got this off the needles, so the minute this was finished a baby kimono was cast on. More on that next time...