Welcome to our wonderful addiction and good luck with your baby manufacturing!
I agree with astonh. Knitting with the circular needles is less space consuming, easier on your wrists and the weight of the blanket, when it gets bigger, will rest in your lap instead of on your wrists. Also, because of space issues in a hospital it will take up less room for you to be using circular needles. They are not expensive and your hubby can pick up what you need at any local yarn shop or craft store.
You knit the same way with circulars as you do with straights. There is no difference in method.
I hope you are feeling better today and that each day gets easier as April 7th draws nearer for you.
You could knit a simple dishcloth baby blanket. There is no need to keep track of your rows because each row is the same. Here is the pattern:
[B]Dishcloth Baby Blanket:
If you are using baby yarn you can use a US #7 circular needle. If you are using a thicker yarn, such as Baby Clouds (which is very soft and nice and thick and fluffy when knit), you can use a US #10 circular needle. OR you could even use Bernat Soft Boucle yarn and a US #9 circular needle. The boucle is sort of bumpy so it gives a nice texture to the blanket.
Cast on 4 stitches. Knit one row. Next and every row: Knit two, yarn over (see the videos here for instructions, it’s easy), knit to end of row. When you hit the length of blanket you want (measuring from tip of knitting to edge of knitting needles) start the new row: Knit one, knit two together, yarn over, knit to end of row. Do this row until there are only 4 stitches on the blanket. Knit one row. Bind off. This makes a square blanket.
You can do it in two colours by changing the colour after perhaps 2" (always when starting a new row of knitting) and then changing back to the original colour 2" later (again, always when starting a new row of knitting). Keep doing this until the blanket is finished.
This blanket is easy, looks nice and you can dress it up by putting a 1/4" satin ribbon through the little holes that the yarn over creates (yes this hole is made on purpose) and tie a bow at each corner.
Also, if knit in acrylic yarn instead of real wool, this blanket is machine washable and machine dryable and is very easy care. [/B]
I’ve made several of these and they work up nicely.