Ladies I Need Help

For my knitting class we’re making a blanket…individual squares in different stitches. So far I’ve messed up Bramble and Eyelet Mock stitch.

Since I’m going to be a grandmother…what blanket would you pick for a semi beginner …just stockinette is too boring but I need something simple.

Second question: does anyone have a particular brand of crochet hook to recommend? I don’t like the standard metal with the fat heads. I like Susan Bates but I’ve heard the wood ones are good???

Help, oh please! Thank you. :heart:

I don’t know anything about crochet hooks, but you can find lots of blanket patterns at www.knittingpatterncentral.com to see if any of them strikes your fancy. Congrats on being a grandma!

Have you checked Lion Brand Yarn or Coats and Clark’s Red Heart websites? They have free patterns…and I downloaded one for free from fabulousyarn.com (or fabulousyarns.com, I can’t remember if the “s” is in there) for a diagonally knit baby blanket. They use baby alpaca yarn for it, and it’s gorgeous. Bev’s Country Cottage has a lot of free patterns, too.’

Almost any yarn website has free patterns, and there was a lovely baby blanket pattern in the last Family Circle Easy Knitting magazine. Also, if you live near a WalMart or someplace like that, they often have free leaflets that the yarn companies put out.

Just some ideas. :thumbsup:

if you can follow a simple chart, i think [color=red]this[/color] blanket from knitty gritty is adorable. now i just need somebody to get pregnant (as long as it’s not ME, LOL).

http://www.joyknits.com/blankie.html
http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/funstitch.htm
http://www.fibergypsy.com/pmkn/babyblanket.html
http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/basketblanket.txt
http://www.nancyhearne.com/drawingboard/littleblankets.htm

Second question: does anyone have a particular brand of crochet hook to recommend? I don’t like the standard metal with the fat heads. I like Susan Bates but I’ve heard the wood ones are good???
It’s a matter of personal preference. Try some of each and see which one you like. It also depends on the yarn one is using, so a variety of hooks, like a variety of needles, is a good thing to have. I personally don’t like wood or bamboo as the yarn drags slightly and slows me waaaay down. I like the metal ones and have no preference between brand names.