Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FO: Big Bad Baby Blanket

Here's a project I finished over a month ago but couldn't show you until now:

It's for my friend's new baby who was just born at the end of July. Because I'm a slacker, I didn't send the package until I heard the news. Hopefully she has received it by now and isn't just learning about it by reading it here!

I used the pattern for the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch n' Bitch. The original pattern is just four panels made through a pattern of knits and purls, though I broke it into smaller squares to give it a patchwork effect. The yarn is Bernat Cottontots which is my favorite yarn for baby knits because it's machine washable and dryable. I wish it came in more colors I liked though. If it looks familiar, it's because I used it - in the same color - for the Haiku baby sweater.


Anonymous said...

I love what you did to create this blanket.
I have the book with the pattern but have no idea how to make the adjustments.
Would you share more details of how you accomplished this lovely item?

3goodrats said...

The pattern in the original blanket was accomplished by knitting half the row and then purling the other half of the row until the blanket was halfway done. Then you just switch which half was knitted and which half was purled.

For mine, I divided each row into smaller sections, I think into 8 parts instead of just two. (I think I adjusted the total number of stitches so it would come out easily.) For each row I would knit 10, purl 10, etc. I would repeat each row the same way until each section looked square. Then on the next row I knit the part that was previously purled, and purled the parts that were previously knit. And so on, until it looked like patchwork.

I hope that helps!