I’m doing a lot of knitting these days.
It makes me feel like I’m doing something on these days when we can’t leave the house to do much else. I feel so productive, creating things at home. I know a lot of people are doing different things while they’re home – baking bread, learning an instrument, trying to get their kids to SIT DOWN AND DO YOUR SCHOOLWORK FOR FIVE MINUTES BEFORE I COMPLETELY LOSE MY…sorry. Got carried away there a bit.
In other words, some days are filled with hikes and creative pursuits and children who do chores and some days are most certainly not. To be honest, most days are not. Ah, well.
But I do get some knitting in – I even tried a disastrous experiment where I attempted to teach one of my kids to knit, but it ended in tears all around. Does anyone have good advice for teaching kids to knit? It seems to be the one area that’s way underserved on YouTube and elsewhere – I can’t find any really helpful resources. I’d try to create something myself but that would likely end in disaster.
When all the travel restrictions went into place, my husband and I had a getaway – with no children! – planned to a beach house, where we were going to be escaping the snow here in Colorado. Since we missed it, I’ve been craving all things beachy – watching TV shows that take place on islands, and reading books about summer vacations, and looking at pictures of Hawaii online. These nautical baby blanket knitting patterns are part of this whole, current longing for the sea. Sigh.
I hope you find a nautical baby blanket knitting pattern that suits your fancy – they’re fun, and whimsical, and just a little different from what most people give babies – I love them!
Here are a few ideas to get you started. I noted the baby blanket knitting patterns that are available on Ravelry, so if you don’t have an account with them you can skip those. However, it IS free to set up an account, and you get access to thousands of patterns so I think it’s worth it!
One more thing to note – because these are more involved baby blanket knitting patterns that require more work on behalf of the pattern creators, many of them do cost. The most expensive is $7 but many are less than that, and once you buy the pattern you can make it in a variety of colors for a variety of recipients!
1.) Sailboat Blanket – the little boats are so cute and this is an easy pattern involving just knitting and purling.
2.) Little Seashells Carseat Blanket by Alka McAndrew (Ravelry) – a free beginner pattern of lacy seashells – so sweet!
3.) Baby Anchors and Sails by Nancy Liggins (Ravelry) – a gorgeous blanket and a definite keepsake! You can make this in just one color, or several as shown in the picture. I’d also make it for a girl and just eliminate the “B-O-Y” letters at the bottom.
4.) Come Sail Away by Grace Verderosa (Ravelry) – a fun little sailboat, floating on lace waves – so cute!
5.) Big Fish Little Fish by Sandy Chapman (Ravelry) – Big fish and little fish chase each other across the blanket. The pattern comes in two sizes for a larger or smaller blanket. It involves just knitting and purling so it’s great for a beginner, but you do need to know how to work from a chart (this has some good tips).
7.) Sea Shell Baby Toddler Blanket by Elena Litvin (Ravelry) – this would look beautiful knit in any color!
8.) Mermaid Tail Lap Afghan by 4aSong – not, strictly speaking, a baby blanket…but a fun lap blanket for older kids. My girls would love knit mermaid tails to slip into and read on chilly evenings!
9.) Gulls and Seafoam Knit Baby Blanket by Arrow and Archer Co – another gorgeous blanket that would look good knit in any color.
10.) Mermaid Sea Blanket by Sol Maldonado (Ravelry) – the stitches are easy…you do need to change colors, but since they’re long stripes of the same color, this would be a good project to practice that skill!