I do love knitting baby blankets. They’re generally easy knitting patterns, but it’s fun to watch them develop as you knit up the blanket. And you don’t have to worry much about them fitting.
I actually began this one without a baby to knit it for. Certainly, there are none around here, nor will there be (ahem). But babies almost always show up somewhere, and if you have a present all knit up and ready for them beforehand, so much the better.
This is a simple stitch, repeated over and over, but I like the way it looks…kind of like popcorn. It’s a great beginner blanket, because once you’ve figured out the main stitch — that’s it. Just keep doing that.
And winter — winter is the time for knitting. It’s hard, in the summer, to sit with piles of wool and other yarn on your lap, and it’s hard to envision anyone wanting to actually wear or snuggle under those piles, once they’ve become sweaters and hats and blankets and things. But winter? Winter is the time to sit by a fire, with a cup of coffee (or hot rum or eggnog. Whatever suits your fancy), and a nice, big heap of yarn and get to work.
I made a nice, wide border on this because the pattern is simple and I thought it would add a little more interest. I’m liking wide borders right now — as edges on sweaters, and as brims on hats, and on blankets. Thin is out, I say!
And now, to find a baby to give this to…because if I don’t, I begin harassing siblings and cousins to go have some more of them. Surely a new blanket is as good a reason as any to have a baby? No?
Update: A lot of you were having trouble figuring out how to do the popcorn stitch and were losing stitches in the process. I made the following video to demonstrate it. I hope it’s helpful!