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07-04-2007, 11:15 PM
If you were to knit a baby blanket for someone special which pattern would you use. Do you have one you've tucked away for that special occassion?

My niece is having a baby in January. Don't know the gender yet. I've searched and searched through the free pattern sites and the Whatcha' knitting forum. There are so many good ones (squares, diagonals, lace, stripes, ruffles, hearts, and yes even fish) it's hard to decide. Plus what color is right? I always thought pastel or white, but after looking around I see that just isn't the case.

So give it up ladies... what secret baby blanket pattern do you have stashed away?

07-05-2007, 12:02 AM
hmmm... i really really like this counterpane lace baby blanket:

I think it would be a very wonderful gift!!

07-05-2007, 12:24 AM
that's a lovely blanket. But I am a firm believer in no lace for baby blankets. Their tiny fingers could get caught in the eyelets so easily, and snag the yarn and, overall it seems like too much fuss for an everyday blanket for me.

I was just searching high and low for a baby blanket pattern and still haven't found one I love. I am just knitting a plain ol stockinette baby blanket with stripes of yellow and pink.

I will keep an eye on this thread tho to see what produces.

07-05-2007, 01:05 AM
this is one of my favorites. i'm knitting one in bernat baby boucle (pastel teal and lav) for my cousin. we just found out that my bf's sister is pregnant, and he choose that pattern for her too.

07-05-2007, 05:00 AM
Have a look on my blog (scroll down) - there is a baby blanket that I made recently. If you like it, let me know and I will send you the pattern - it is my own made up pattern. I knit it all the time because it is mindless, but has a bit of a pattern to keep you awake and also, you can vary the thickness of the stripes and colour pattern.:thumbsup:
lotsa love

blog address : www.1001arabianknits.blogspot.com (http://www.1001arabianknits.blogspot.com)

07-05-2007, 06:56 AM
I read your reply and I took a look at your blog, very fun to read. I love your baby jersey's, wonderful soft colors and the baby blanket is daring.


07-05-2007, 07:03 AM
lulu .... I love the cabled bag, what pattern did you use ??

07-05-2007, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the replies ...

mare-nitt : the blanket was absolutely not daring - easy peasy:muah:

debbie : the bag pattern is found here : It is soooo easy - I made mine a bit longer (just to finish off the yarn) - my daughter has also made one for herself - keep checking the blog, I will post a pic of hers (bright pink!!):shock:

lotsa love

07-05-2007, 07:19 AM
Hi Marni, Nice to meet you,

I'm currently knitting a baby blanket in Plymouth's Dreambaby DK & also agree that the pattern should not have eyelets or tiny holes. After looking through various pattern books I have, I decided on a Brioche stitch, which is so easy & has a texture to it. It gives the appearance of 1x1 rib. I decided to start the blanket with 6 rows of seed stitch & begin & end each row with 5 seed stitches. This will give the blanket a nice border. The brioche pattern is an even number of stiches..first row: repeat the following *Put yarn over. Slip 1. Knit 1.* Second Row: repeat the following * Put yarn over. Slip 1. Knit 2 together.* Repeat the second row as many times as required.
I cast on a total of 118 stitches & using a Size 6 needles (which is recommended for the yarn I'm using). BTW, the color of the yarn is blue with specs of darker blue Plmouth Color # 301..I plan on making a white one next.
Let me know if you try this pattern. There are so many patterns out there, it can get overwhelming trying to decide.:???:
Good luck with your project:muah:

07-05-2007, 09:56 AM
Do you have a picture of that blanket? I'd love to see it!

07-05-2007, 10:08 AM
Hi larudden,
I'm not finished with the blanket & since I created my own design, I don't have a picture of it. I will definitely post a photo when it is complete. Thanks for asking & have a great day.

07-05-2007, 10:45 AM
I already have my own pattern stashed away, using KnitPicks "Swish Superwash." The pattern involves starting with a circular beginning, increasing at 4 points, forming corners. When it gets big enough, you put in a femenine or masculine stitch pattern, to complement the baby.

07-05-2007, 12:09 PM
Both of my kids like their blankets when they have bright colors on them. It helps brain development. I like the blankets that are softer colored but my kids didn't really care for them.

07-07-2007, 10:53 AM
One of my best friends is pregnant (first child) and due in December. I'm planning to knit this blanket: Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket (http://www.nancyhearne.com/drawingboard/cableblanket.htm)

She doesn't want neutral colors, so I'll have to wait another month or so until she finds the sex of the baby before buying the yarn since I won't know if I should use pink or blue. But it'll be a cotton or some other non-wool yarn as she's allergic to wool.

07-07-2007, 11:28 AM
I don't have a favorite pattern for blankets; rather, I just make whatever pattern seems to "call out" to me. As for colors, you can certainly choose pastels--mint green, peach, or yellow work well for not knowing the genders (as do off-white and white)--but for me personally, I prefer to make things in bolder colors or neutrals. Tan, forest green, burgundy, navy, brown, grey--they all work well. Bright colors also work great because kids and babies look good in brights, too, and they're fun for kids. I don't know if there's a hard and fast "rule" for colors. If you're still stuck on colors, you can also consider choosing a color that the mom and/or dad like too, because they will be toting the blanket around with them. Of you can choose a color based off of whatever color that the nursery will be if you happen to know that information.

07-08-2007, 04:06 PM
Have a look on my blog (scroll down) - there is a baby blanket that I made recently. If you like it, let me know and I will send you the pattern - it is my own made up pattern. I knit it all the time because it is mindless, but has a bit of a pattern to keep you awake and also, you can vary the thickness of the stripes and colour pattern.:thumbsup:
lotsa love

blog address : www.1001arabianknits.blogspot.com (http://www.1001arabianknits.blogspot.com)

i am totally inlove withthe baby blanket you have knited in your blog. do you have a link for the pattern please as i would love to knit it.

i hope you don't mind me asking, but its georgous


07-08-2007, 04:29 PM
Lulu2 I'd love the pattern for that blanket too, if you don't mind sharing. It is beautiful!

07-08-2007, 05:06 PM
Lulu2, if you can share the link or the pattern for the baby blanket, I would love to try it. Like I said before it is adorable, and if it is easy then it would be adorable plus wonderful.


07-08-2007, 06:30 PM
Personally I like a lot of "holes". Practical and everyday are great, but to knit an heirloom you need "holes". :lol: Here is a pattern that I found recently that would make a great heirloom.

Pattern from Drops Design (http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=b13&d_id=22&lang=en)

If you like something simple I love Feather and Fan designs. There are a lot of them out there (do a search) that are free. They are real easy to do but look like they were hard. :muah: Gotta love that!

Ladybug Lady
07-08-2007, 06:48 PM
I've been holding on to this (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATThoover.html) pattern for quite a while, waiting for one of my friends to get preggers again. I may just have to break down and knit it for myself and tuck it away my future wee ones. I love how it looks, and it seems like a simple enough pattern once you've done a few rows of the double knitting, and the history of the pattern makes me all gushy in an uber-geek sort of way.

In case the link doesn't work, it is The Hoover Blanket from knitty.com, issue Fall '03.

07-08-2007, 09:57 PM
I have a pattern, but it is crochet. It has bobbles that are in the shape of an angel with wings. My mother bought one for my daughter at a craft sale at churck and I asked her to ask the maker for the pattern. I don't know how to crochet well, but I keep it in my pattern stash anyway. :shifty:

07-08-2007, 10:21 PM
This blanket (http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/TiramisuBlanket.pdf) is crochet, but I think it's absolutely gorgeous... I hope to start it soon for my little one who was born on June 1, but is still in the NICU since she was 12 weeks early.

07-08-2007, 10:43 PM
I'm in the middle of knitting a Log Cabin style baby blanket and I love it. The effect is nice and stimulating to look at and it's really easy and mindless knitting--just garter stitch, cast off, quarter turn, pick up stitches, repeat ad nauseum.

You can use any number of colors but my scheme includes the five most pleasing (to my eye) colors of Bernat Baby Softee that my local Wal*Mart had in stock: white, mint green, pastel pink, baby yellow, and baby blue. And my stripes start with a white square in the middle, then green, pink, blue and finally yellow.

I'm repeating the same order so color pattern spirals and the color stripes stack on top of each other in the same order. I'll finish with a white border. It's fun!

07-08-2007, 10:44 PM
My friend just told me that she is having a baby and I was hoping to make her this one, (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kjif-babyBlanket.html) but she requested something else.

07-09-2007, 02:21 AM
Ooo -- ADAllen -- I really like that Hourglass pattern!! I've put that on my todo list as I have lots of baby yarn in my stash that I am trying to work through!!

I recently finished this pattern: Reversible Diamonds (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babyafbh.htm)

and just cast on for this pattern: Elegant Baby (http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/babyblanket-pattern.shtm)

07-09-2007, 08:18 PM
Hi ADAllen,

Just saw your thread & had to reply...I made this blanket as a gift & for a customer. It is a terrific pattern & looks wonderful in a soft multi colored yarn. I think you will be happy with it..I'm sure the new Mom will be very appreciative she has such a thoughtful friend.

Let us know what yarn decide to use.

07-09-2007, 09:09 PM
I made this recently - http://www.she.dragonflylily.com/aayla_knit_blanket.htm as a graduation gift. I made the toddler size. The yarn was nice to work with, it's really soft and (this is the most important!) machine washable!

07-09-2007, 09:22 PM
I just made this one for my son... I think it's the one that I would make....

I didn't use the yarn they have, I used another bulky weight yarn and it turned out so cute....


07-10-2007, 11:23 AM
Have a look on my blog (scroll down) - there is a baby blanket that I made recently. If you like it, let me know and I will send you the pattern - it is my own made up pattern.]

Lulu, I would love to have that baby blanket pattern...my first grandchild is due in February. Will you share it with me?

07-10-2007, 08:52 PM
Personally I think these two are very pretty.

My sister just had a baby and I have been seriously thinking about doing the first one for her since I finished the baby sweater, hat, and booties.

I am sure whatever you choose will be beautiful.

07-11-2007, 09:52 AM
lulu your work is beautiful, I love your baby blanket and baby sweaters. Is your blanket feather and fan pattern ? I've wanted to always try that pattern. I've been working on dishcloths and spa face cloths. POLLI

07-11-2007, 02:46 PM
I have had great success with patterns by Ann Norling, including a simple YO baby blanket, a basketweave and another called the Ladder stitch, though that blanket took me a long, long time to complete. My blankets were made in wool or worsted weight acrylic. In addition, "Pound 'O Love" yarn has a nice baby blanket pattern that works up well on a large needle. I've done that with contrasting colors and the overall result has been very sweet.