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Make It : A Blanket for Baby

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When my dear friend told me she was expecting, I wanted to make her something useful and (relatively) timeless.

Here's the thing: I love knitting but hate following patterns. There's something relaxing about the repetitive motion of my hands clicking away with their own muscle memory, and throwing a pattern into the mix always disrupts that peace—having to check rows, count stitches, switch colors at specific points...not ideal.

Inspired by this cowl and determined to have a simple project, I settled on a garter stitch baby blanket.

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The colors were inspired by an American Indian medicine wheel.

1 The colors were inspired by an American Indian medicine wheel.

Knitting the yarn and Sashiko thread together produces a marled effect.

2 Knitting the yarn and Sashiko thread together produces a marled effect.

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The blanket was made with the softest Blue Sky worsted cotton yarn and Olympus Sashiko thread.

The only problem: I miscalculated the gauge, so what should have been a blanket just for baby is now for baby +1. Ah well, babies were meant for cuddling anyways.

Comments (4)

  • I am an knitting addict and knit almost 365 days a year. However, I've never used a loom and have been dying to try it!!! What a fabulous giveaway!!!

  • Waiting for a new grandchild and would love to use this to complete some projects

  • I'm wondering if you checked the gauge with the yarn and the thread together. If you checked with just the yarn, then the increased size is attributable to the addition of the thread.

  • This is a gorgeous project! Thanks so much for the inspiration :) I want to learn to knit but get intimidated by the need to count exactly...this seems much more forgiving!

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