The need to nest | WIP {Knitting}

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Finding the right baby blanket pattern for Little Baby MiH. Of course I could not use the pattern I used for Baby MiH's one. I have to knit a new Shale for Baby MiH (another story for another day involving felting the original one), so a new pattern had to be found. And it was no easy. Not that there is a lack of patterns, free or not. But I am really picky. Like seriously. You would think that my life depended on it - when, well, it is not clearly , but in my hormonal state it is. 

I suppose it is because I need to nest, and the blanket is what will keep the baby warm, even at the hospital, and it is tangible unlike everything else at the moment. Whoah, I am sounding a bit weird. So let's talk knitting patterns. 

So here are my favourite baby blanket knitting patterns.. Of course Shale by Jared Flood.. It is inspired by vintage patterns - it is full of lace work but amazingly easy to remember (perfect for those baby brain moments). You have to pay for the pattern, but there is a (very) similar free version available on Ravelry. 


Another pattern I have recently come across - through a blog I think - is the Chalice Baby Blanket - a free pattern. A lace pattern (of course) knitting in 6mm, my sort of knitting. I think it would have been a serious contender if I had not started on Little Baby MiH blanket already. 

Found on Pinterest
I must also had a great moment of madness and considered at some point to adapt Ashby into a baby blanket - it had been done, but would have still required some arithmetic to make it work. And thankfully I realised that this was NOT the time to start messing with patterns. However the shawl may be a Christmas present, so stay tune, I do intend to knit this one!  

Ravelry picture

So, what did I decide to knit? Surprise, surprise it is a Brooklyn Tweed pattern by Anne Hanson called the Hourglass Throw. It does not necessarily come into searches because it is called a throw, when in fact there is a crib pattern included (it comes in 3 sizes). 


Chunky ribbing, lace, cable work, it is all in it. It is a bit more challenging than other baby blanket patterns of course, but I am already in love with it. I am knitting it in organic Merino and Alpaca blend yarn, naturally dyed found at Swans Islands Yarn. 

I am making good progress, although a really low point was realising I had the ribbing pattern wrong (my fault, not the pattern's) and had to frog it all and start again. But we are over this now, and ready to see the pattern emerge.  

What is your favourite baby blanket pattern? Am I the only one obsessing about choosing the right pattern for baby blankets?

Joining Ginny's yarn along today

16 comments:

  1. You have such good taste, what a beautiful patterns and your final choice is beyond beautiful!
    Good luck with knitting!

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  2. This looks all wonderful. I had to click on all of your links to see if there wasn't something for me too...

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  3. I looove the Hourglass Throw, can't wait to see yours!! I really don't have the patience for blankets right now, but let the temperature drop just a little more and I might get there!

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  4. I can see where you would be nesting :)
    For me it's the change of season. Love all your great- great patterns, makes me wan to knit something beautiful like that. Love the yarn you chose for your project, looks so cozy.

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  5. I love every single pattern you listed! Esp., as you said, the chunky ribbing, lace, and cable work. Can't wait to see it all finished! :)

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  6. I think it's sweet that you've been obsessing over it! The patterns you've shown all look gorgeous and that shawl is really beautiful so i hope you do make one - for me!! ;) The yarn you're using is such a soft pretty colour and I'm sure it'll be perfect!

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  7. aw, a great round up! I've only knitted 2 baby blankets before, and I have a definite bias towards bright colours, like this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-baby-blanket-2 I lvoe the modern soft white and grey with the pop of colour!

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  8. I like every one of the patterns you've chosen here, but do have a soft spot for the Shale. What a lucky baby! Enjoy your nesting x

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  9. nothing beats a hand knit baby blanket, one that will last forever x

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  10. Ahh nesting, yes, I am feeling it too! Although, my other two kiddos are definitely wearing me down by the end of the day :-) A baby blanket sounds lovely!

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  11. Your Hourglass blanket is going to be gorgeous, your yarn is lovely, a treasure to keep to be sure! Happy knitting to you :)

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  12. Oh, the Hourglass blanket is lovely. I'm sure yours will come out wonderful! Glad you fixed the error and are on a roll now. Good luck with it!

    I've always wanted to knit Hansel by Gudrun Johnston. Looks like it's snuggle a baby so beautifully. :)

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  13. I think you landed on the perfect pattern! It's beautiful.

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  14. I understand your choosy-ness...baby blankets are important! So glad you found the perfect pattern.

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  15. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-hop-5

    This was my daughter's blanket, in dark grey on duck-egg blue. The last lot of rabbits, at 39 weeks, drove me insane.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearts-and-stars-blanket

    This one was my son's, one of the first proper knitting projects I ever undertook (he's 6 now). His is purple. Enjoy the baby knitting, looking forwards to seeing the end product!

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  16. Only a mum would have to knit the perfect blanket for her bun in the oven. Excellent choice.
    I wasn't knitting yet when I had my babies. I did knit the elder a simple one in a rainbow colorway and in her birthday stitch. I did crochet a hexagon (Attic 24's pattern) blanket for the baby.

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