I was in the mood for knitting a baby blanket and my mind went back to a gift that was given to me by a friend when my daughter was a baby. It was a small blanket and came with the promise that it would be very useful. Well, it was. The smaller size made it perfect for tucking over my daughter when she was in her pram or car seat. There was no excess fabric to drown her, to collect dust from the ground or floor of the car, or to trip me up when carrying her. My friend was a new mum and, like me, fairly short. So she knew exactly what would be useful.
I had the following pattern in my Ravelry queue: Lilac Blossom Baby Blanket by Marianna and it seemed perfect. I followed the pattern as written and ended up with a width of 22". I stopped knitting when the blanket was 27" long to keep it in proportion. It is easy to increase the number of cast on stitches to knit a bigger blanket if that is what you are aiming for.
I used a gender-neutral cream Robin Double Knit yarn. I found a big bag of this yarn in a charity shop last year. It receives mixed reviews on Ravelry. But I really liked it. It is soft and bouncy and, being acrylic, will wash well. I will even look for this yarn again when I have used up the remaining balls.
The combination of the bouncy yarn and the slightly puffy knitted stitch makes this blanket cosy. The stitch is basically 2 x 2 ribbing with something clever happening every fourth row to make it interesting. Though this is not strictly a reversible pattern, it looks good on both sides of the blanket. You might just about be able to see the detail in the next photo.
The blanket used less than 200g of yarn, so I had enough left to knit a matching hat.
This time I followed the hat pattern from the Lilac Blossom Baby Set by Marianna. It was so easy and took only a couple of hours.
Here they are together I think a matching set has more "wow effect" than individual items.
The hat will fit a baby aged 0-3 months and the set will go to a future family baby.
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