The first thing I ever taught myself to knit was a baby blanket.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. The very first thing I knit was a scarf. It was 15 stitches across, and all I did was knit back and forth for what seemed like forever until it was long enough to suit me. I wore it all winter because I was so proud of myself for making it.
But the first thing I knit that required paying attention to was a baby blanket. I had to actually count my stitches and make sure every row lined up. I had to learn new terms, like “purl” and “yarn over.” Mostly, I had to be patient because it took me a very very long time to finish. I’m lucky the baby I was making it for was still a baby when I was done.
But once I finished that blanket, and held it up, and yelled, “Look, everyone – I MADE THIS!!!”…I was hooked. I loved the idea that a bunch of knots I made turned into wearable clothing and keepsakes and beautiful blankets. Do you get that thrill when you knit?
So even though I’ve moved on to knitting hats, then sweaters and skirts…I have to say I’m still partial to 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.
Here’s how the pattern is worked:
Just those stitches over and over, with a nice, large border around the outside. I like big borders and I cannot lie…
The other reason I like this pattern so much is that once you start, it’s not too hard to remember. You don’t have to continually refer back to the pattern to make sure you’re getting things right. It’s repeated over just a few stitches, so once you get a few rows in, you’ll likely have the pattern memorized. Makes it so much easier to binge-watch Netflix while knitting when you don’t have to keep reading the pattern, you know?
So here’s the easy knitting pattern — I hope you like it!
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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?
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