Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Baby Blanket for Baby C!

"A baby is a little bit of heaven on earth"

I've ALWAYS wanted to make a baby blanket, but never had a baby to make it for. When my boyfriend's friends recently had their baby I thought it to be the perfect opportunity to start knitting my little hands to the bone. I have to admit though that I hate "baby" colors. Pink for girls and blue for boys. Who cares? A baby isn't going to be like "Woah hey now, I can't use this blanket man. The color is totally off!" So....I put my own little earthy twist on the blanket. I made the body of the blanket light grey, with a gold border and then bright knitted flowers going along one side. It took quite some time, but I'm so happy with the outcome and I was very excited to give the blanket to baby C's parents last night. I hope this is a blanket that baby C will grow into and love for years and years to come!

Miss Purl was a little sad to see the blanket leave!

I found the pattern for the flowers on the internet a few years ago when I knit a hat for my sister. I can't remember where I found it, but heres the pattern for all you crafty little knitters out there!

Cast on 4 sts leaving 3" tail
Row 1: (RS) Knit in front and back of first stitch (increasing one stitch), k3 (5sts).
Row 2: Knit in front and back of first stitch (increasing one stitch), p4 (6sts).
Row 3: Knit in front and back of first stitch (increasing one stitch), k5 (7sts).
Row 4: Knit in front and back of first stitch (increasing one stitch), p6 (8sts). Cut yarn and leave sts on needle, leaving 2-3" tail.
Make 4 more petals (casting on the first four sts on the needle holding the prior petals).

Don't cut the yarn after making the fifth petal.
Row 5: Join petals by knitting 40sts. Anchor tails as you go along.
Row 6: (P2tog) across (20 sts).
Row 7: (K2tog) across (10 sts).
Row 8: (p2tog, p3 tog, p2tog, p3tog) (4 sts).
Cut yarn leaving a 10-inch tail. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and run through the four sts. Pull tight and anchor thread. Continue with same thread (on purl side) and sew open edges of 1st and 5th petal together loosely. Work thread back to center of flower.  Fasten off and cut thread close to the flower.

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