When my baby girl was still in my tummy I nested with crafting projects. I made her a huge Amy Butler flower pillow that she could do tummy time on, as a baby, and sleep on, as a kid. I made curtains to match. After she was born my mom and I made her a crib skirt that matched them both. I also bought machine washable Encore yarn to crochet her a huge granny square blanket and then soft organic cotton Sprout to knit her a blankie. I have books of Baby Cashmerio patterns and the yarn needed to make a tiny striped cardigan and beret.
It was a surprise to me that new motherhood did not leave much time for knitting. Even when the baby was asleep, she was often in my arms, or my hands were busy with laundry, dishes, or pumps. Once I went back to work my hands were on my computer when they weren’t with my baby. The infant years were not for knitting.
Fast forward eight years. During the crap-moving part of our basement remodel my daughter found the two bins of yarn I’d purchased before her birth. When I told her what my plans had been she said, “Mommy, will you make me a blankie now?” Without a second thought I put aside my knitting in progress and started planning her blankie. When your eight-year-old asks for a handknit you knit.
We dove into the bins. I had hoped she’d pick the Sprout, but the anti-itchy girl decided the Encore was better. At one point I had a whole rainbow of colors, but somehow only a three-quarter rainbow was in the bin. No matter, she loved it.
Then we searched patterns. One look in my Ravelry library and she picked the Chevron Baby Blanket, not even caring that it said “baby”. It looked easy and fun, so away I knit. Between the zigzags, the yarn overs, and the color switches the blanket flew on my needles. I was smart and wove in ends as I went. Little Afthead is learning how to knit and even took a few stitches in the last green stripe and helped with the bind off. A few snips of loose yarn bits and it was ready to block. I showed it to my kiddo and she hugged it and drug it off to bed. Who can argue with this kind of instant love?
Here are the knitting details for the knitters.
- Yarn – Worsted Encore in 5 colors (I used half a skein for the two colors with 4 rows and about a third for the other three)
- Pattern – Chevron Baby Blanket
- Pattern modifications – used a different color repeat than listed and didn’t purl the yarn overs through the back loop. (Do any of my knitting readers know how to do that?)
- Needles – Addi Turbo Click Lace, size 9
- Ravelry Link – http://ravel.me/afthead/cbb
Now, I’m back to my previous project. Remember that gorgeous cowl I had color elections for awhile back? Well, I’ve just started knitting it again. I’m still in the boring neutral section (because of a request from my daughter, see above blog words) but soon though I’ll be able for the big reveal on what colorway won! Just pretend you still care even though it is months later…