Sometimes my husband and I like to talk about what we’d do if we won the lottery.
This is a ridiculous conversation because neither of us actually PLAY the lottery. From what I can tell, that’s a prerequisite to winning, so I don’t suppose any of these pipe dreams will come true. But they’re fun to think about.
We wouldn’t move, I don’t think. We’re happy here and we actually like our neighbors, which I understand doesn’t happen for everyone so I wouldn’t mess with that. We’d just buy another house. A beach house somewhere warm where we could escape when we were tired of winter. And I’d buy a boat. A little sailboat, maybe. I do love to be on the water.
Since beach houses and boats aren’t in our immediate future, however, I’m contenting myself with working them into my knitting. Nautical baby blanket knitting patterns are 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!