I am looking for a nice, but quite simple pattern for a baby blanket.
I am reasonably good at crochet, and ok at knitting. I can do pretty patterns and stitches when knitting, but, if I go wrong, I cannot put it right! If I go wrong when crocheting, I can easily undo and redo it. Because of this, I may be better off crocheting rather than knitting.
I have already done one a bit like this and would like to do something different.
I did think about doing something similar to the woolly hugs, making six inch squares in different textures and sewing it together, but I'm not sure that I could sew it together nicely. I want to do it all in white.
I would like to do something that doesn't require looking at the pattern every two minutes, so that I can just pick it up and carry on.
The baby is due in June, so I need to get a move on!
this blanket is quite an easy knit, I've done it in different colours for each change in pattern. Also have a look at ravelry, there's so much to choose from. It's hard to beat some of the attic 24 patterns though
This is one I'm working on. I made up the pattern because I couldn't find one I liked (I'm fussy!), it's in the project notes. if you don't see the link possibly you need to register on Ravelry but that is a good thing for any knitter .
Fossil I LOVE your pattern! Just added it to my queue. I'm a foster carer and make a blanket for each child placed so the next one who arrives might be lucky enough to get one of yours!
Just a quick question though - I discovered fairly recently that I knit "wrong" - I always knit into the back of the stitch (just the way I was taught), so I'm not sure how I can avoid the holes. Do you have any tips?
scarlet avoiding holes: I think I would just experiment. The main thing is that you put a twist in the stitch so it doesn't leave a hole as it does in lace. Maybe you knit into the front of it! Alternatively work 4 increases in whatever way you normally would on the row before, instead of the YO's, then K plain 3 rows.
I have finished the blanket! Photos are here if you would like to see them. I did a small border down the two edges to finish off.
I need some more advice now.
I want to wash the blanket. The label on the wool says it is machine washable. I was going to put it on a delicates wash, but my mother thinks I should hand wash it. Any opinions? Should I use a special liquid, or is persil non-bio ok?
Personally I would handwash it. Not worth the heartache of putting in the washing machine. It will only need a little wash as it's not actually dirty. Persil non-bio should be fine unless you actually have some handwash liquid around. Don't wring it after rinsing, gently squeeze as much water out then lay it on top of a large flat towel, place another flat towel on top and roll it up into a sausage starting at the bottom. Carefully tread on the sausage. This squeezes almost all of the water out without stressing the fabric. Dry flat. Beautiful blanket btw!
ooh that's turned out lovely Personally I'd put it in the machine as soupy suggests and dry it as flat as possible. But then I can't remember the last time I hand washed anything so probably not helpful!