With summer drawing to a close and the school year almost upon us, I have been spending the last couple weeks trying to finish up projects. One of the first projects on my list was this baby blanket. I started it at least five years ago, knitted the panels, and then let them sit in my closet for several years. I finally picked it up last weekend and was able to stitch them all together.
I remember wanting a project to work on and after looking through Leann Prouses’s book, Knitting at Home, I fell in love with the simple yet pretty design. I picked up enough yarn for the blanket at JoAnns, making several trips to ensure I got a coupon on each ball, and knitted it on trips or while listening to a history read-a-loud. It took a while, but it was fun to knit. I really liked the stitch which was used, Tweed Stitch, and enjoyed the effect that occurred when changing colors.
I used US size 9 needles instead of the size 7 recommended (I think this was one of the few projects in which I actually checked my gauge before starting). The blanket was knit in six panels, each panel having four squares. There were three colors and they were alternated to achieve a checkered effect. I sewed the panels together using edge to edge stitch and some Coats & Clarks Dual Duty XP thread. The pattern has an embroidered design, with blanket stitch around each square and a lazy daisy in the middle, however since this is supposed to be for a boy, I decided not to do the embroidery. I might add the last name initial on one of the squares after I decide who to gift it to.
Having sewn the panels together with them draped over my lap, I can testify to the fact that this blanket is warm. Now, I wait for the day when some little one will enjoy it’s warmth too.
Pattern: Tweed Stitch Blanket from Knitting at Home by Leanne Prouse
Yarn: Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton Yarn (Discontinued) (Almond, Walnut, and Dusty Blue)