We’ve had a couple of new additions to the family recently. Our Birthday list is getting longer by the year, which is lovely, but I am seriously thinking about buying cards in bulk.
As a knitter, I always feel that a new little one should have something hand knitted, but as we all know not everyone is, let us say, sensitive, to the value of hand knits. I have found though that a blanket usually goes down well and gets a good amount of use. A couple of years ago I knitted up Gracie as a gift for a friend and I thought of knitting up another two for the latest arrivals. It’s a quick and easy pattern and good for TV knitting but I do find knitting the same things more than twice a little repetitive. So I searched around for another good stitch pattern for a blanket and after a little modifying with a good dose of garter stitch, came up with one that I thought would be ideal.
I could not resist the little sail boats, and as both the babies turned out to be boys, it was ideal, although there is nothing to say us girls don’t enjoy a sail boat as well!
This one was given away several weeks ago now and I am glad to report that it was well received and is getting good use.
I knitted this one up in a wool/acrylic blend that is fully wash and dry-able, a must really, but any DK weight yarn would be suitable.
When writing up the pattern, I was aware that Gracie was a little small, although I only knitted it up meaning it to be a stroller blanket. Something that I will rectify when updating the pattern soon. I have made this blanket larger and the pattern is written for two sizes, a smaller size of 71 x 78 cm / 28 x 32 inches and a larger size of 86 x 96.5 cm / 34 x 38 inches, more of a crib or cot size. Each size takes 800m/875yds and 1155m/1263yds of yarn respectively.
Although the pattern is a little more involved than Gracie, once set, it is easily memorised and suitable for most abilities. Full details on the pattern page.
I think that there may be a little break for a while between additions to the family, but perhaps I might knit up another just in case!