If YOU were to knit a baby blanket

If you were to knit a baby blanket for someone special which pattern would you use. Do you have one you’ve tucked away for that special occassion?

My niece is having a baby in January. Don’t know the gender yet. I’ve searched and searched through the free pattern sites and the Whatcha’ knitting forum. There are so many good ones (squares, diagonals, lace, stripes, ruffles, hearts, and yes even fish) it’s hard to decide. Plus what color is right? I always thought pastel or white, but after looking around I see that just isn’t the case.

So give it up ladies… what secret baby blanket pattern do you have stashed away?

hmmm… i really really like this counterpane lace baby blanket:
http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/Square/

I think it would be a very wonderful gift!!

that’s a lovely blanket. But I am a firm believer in no lace for baby blankets. Their tiny fingers could get caught in the eyelets so easily, and snag the yarn and, overall it seems like too much fuss for an everyday blanket for me.

I was just searching high and low for a baby blanket pattern and still haven’t found one I love. I am just knitting a plain ol stockinette baby blanket with stripes of yellow and pink.

I will keep an eye on this thread tho to see what produces.

http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm
this is one of my favorites. i’m knitting one in bernat baby boucle (pastel teal and lav) for my cousin. we just found out that my bf’s sister is pregnant, and he choose that pattern for her too.

Have a look on my blog (scroll down) - there is a baby blanket that I made recently. If you like it, let me know and I will send you the pattern - it is my own made up pattern. I knit it all the time because it is mindless, but has a bit of a pattern to keep you awake and also, you can vary the thickness of the stripes and colour pattern.:thumbsup:
lotsa love
lulu

blog address : www.1001arabianknits.blogspot.com

Lulu,
I read your reply and I took a look at your blog, very fun to read. I love your baby jersey’s, wonderful soft colors and the baby blanket is daring.

Marilynn

lulu … I love the cabled bag, what pattern did you use ??

Thanks for the replies …

mare-nitt : the blanket was absolutely not daring - easy peasy:muah:

debbie : the bag pattern is found here : It is soooo easy - I made mine a bit longer (just to finish off the yarn) - my daughter has also made one for herself - keep checking the blog, I will post a pic of hers (bright pink!!):shock:

lotsa love
lulu

Hi Marni, Nice to meet you,

I’m currently knitting a baby blanket in Plymouth’s Dreambaby DK & also agree that the pattern should not have eyelets or tiny holes. After looking through various pattern books I have, I decided on a Brioche stitch, which is so easy & has a texture to it. It gives the appearance of 1x1 rib. I decided to start the blanket with 6 rows of seed stitch & begin & end each row with 5 seed stitches. This will give the blanket a nice border. The brioche pattern is an even number of stiches…first row: repeat the following Put yarn over. Slip 1. Knit 1. Second Row: repeat the following * Put yarn over. Slip 1. Knit 2 together.* Repeat the second row as many times as required.
I cast on a total of 118 stitches & using a Size 6 needles (which is recommended for the yarn I’m using). BTW, the color of the yarn is blue with specs of darker blue Plmouth Color # 301…I plan on making a white one next.
Let me know if you try this pattern. There are so many patterns out there, it can get overwhelming trying to decide.:???:
Good luck with your project:muah:
Veronica

Veronica,
Do you have a picture of that blanket? I’d love to see it!

Hi larudden,
I’m not finished with the blanket & since I created my own design, I don’t have a picture of it. I will definitely post a photo when it is complete. Thanks for asking & have a great day.
Veronica

I already have my own pattern stashed away, using KnitPicks “Swish Superwash.” The pattern involves starting with a circular beginning, increasing at 4 points, forming corners. When it gets big enough, you put in a femenine or masculine stitch pattern, to complement the baby.

Both of my kids like their blankets when they have bright colors on them. It helps brain development. I like the blankets that are softer colored but my kids didn’t really care for them.

One of my best friends is pregnant (first child) and due in December. I’m planning to knit this blanket: Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket

She doesn’t want neutral colors, so I’ll have to wait another month or so until she finds the sex of the baby before buying the yarn since I won’t know if I should use pink or blue. But it’ll be a cotton or some other non-wool yarn as she’s allergic to wool.

I don’t have a favorite pattern for blankets; rather, I just make whatever pattern seems to “call out” to me. As for colors, you can certainly choose pastels–mint green, peach, or yellow work well for not knowing the genders (as do off-white and white)–but for me personally, I prefer to make things in bolder colors or neutrals. Tan, forest green, burgundy, navy, brown, grey–they all work well. Bright colors also work great because kids and babies look good in brights, too, and they’re fun for kids. I don’t know if there’s a hard and fast “rule” for colors. If you’re still stuck on colors, you can also consider choosing a color that the mom and/or dad like too, because they will be toting the blanket around with them. Of you can choose a color based off of whatever color that the nursery will be if you happen to know that information.

i am totally inlove withthe baby blanket you have knited in your blog. do you have a link for the pattern please as i would love to knit it.

i hope you don’t mind me asking, but its georgous

susi

Lulu2 I’d love the pattern for that blanket too, if you don’t mind sharing. It is beautiful!

Lulu2, if you can share the link or the pattern for the baby blanket, I would love to try it. Like I said before it is adorable, and if it is easy then it would be adorable plus wonderful.

Marilynn

Personally I like a lot of “holes”. Practical and everyday are great, but to knit an heirloom you need “holes”. :lol: Here is a pattern that I found recently that would make a great heirloom.

Pattern from Drops Design

If you like something simple I love Feather and Fan designs. There are a lot of them out there (do a search) that are free. They are real easy to do but look like they were hard. :muah: Gotta love that!

I’ve been holding on to this pattern for quite a while, waiting for one of my friends to get preggers again. I may just have to break down and knit it for myself and tuck it away my future wee ones. I love how it looks, and it seems like a simple enough pattern once you’ve done a few rows of the double knitting, and the history of the pattern makes me all gushy in an uber-geek sort of way.

In case the link doesn’t work, it is The Hoover Blanket from knitty.com, issue Fall '03.