I have been knitting the Blue Striped Blanket pattern from Knit in a Day for Baby because I'm a sucker for a quick knit blanket that calls for super bulky yarn. This is precious!
A little back story: last week, I went by the Leisure Arts offices to pick up some yarn because sometimes I do that. It's an awesome perk of the job......and an organizational nightmare. Like most crafters faced with free supplies, I might have gotten a bit carried away. Or a lot. Or maybe you could say I got outright dumb. I'm not here to argue semantics. But I will concede that what seemed a only a tiny bit unreasonable as I was picking out skeins felt somewhat excessive as I was carrying the boxes to my car. By the time I had two full-size boxes of yarn in the middle of my living room floor, I knew I had officially Made An Unwise Decision.
But! Knitting and crocheting are great ways to use up yarn! Who knew?! Okay, we all knew. And since I grabbed several partial skeins of Bernat Baby Blanket, a baby blanket seemed like a perfect (and painfully obvious) project! This pattern calls for about 650 yards of super bulky weight yarn and #13 needles to create a blanket that is around 25" wide and 30" long.
Mine may be a bit shorter, but I think I have enough yardage for at least a square blanket. I'm just knitting the border in yellow and using just one yarn for the body, instead of striping my border color with a contrast color.
|You knit the sides in garter stitch and seam them to the body. Garter stitch!|
The Pitter Patter colorway (awwwww!) is a mix of yellow, white, pink, and blue that's so sweet it makes me want to smash a birthday cupcake into some vanilla ice cream. That's what the yarn reminds me of, by the way. It's sweet like sugar and happiness. I think it's going to be a wonderful baby blanket.
I have six baby blankets that I need to make in the next few months, and I've only finished one. But since this is a blanket made with super bulky yarn and #13 needles (I keep mentioning this because it's music to my soul), I think I'll be adding this blanket to my gift stash next! I obviously haven't knit this in a day, but I made it roughly one-third through in just a night. And after a couple more evenings with this soft and squishy yarn and this straightforward pattern, I'll have five fewer skeins of yarn taking up space in my living room!
And a delightfully fluffy and soft baby blanket to give to some little baby who's sweet like sugar and happiness. I love it.