Monday, June 01, 2009

FO: Make Room For Baby

KT baby blanketIt took me months to complete and I had to battle back against the boredom slog through every stitch in the middle, but I am pretty pleased with how things turned out.

All the mother-to-be asked for was a kelly green hat. I thought to myself, "A hat's not nearly enough," and that's how a quick little knit morphed into a 28" x 34" blanket.

I was a little overwhelmed as I tried to narrow down my blanket options with Ravely's pattern search: must be knit using chunky yarn and freely available. One pattern really stood out for its flexibility and adaptive nature: Thrifty Knitter's Hooded Baby Blanket.

KT baby blanket detailI decided that 400+ people couldn't be wrong. You should see the variations in the Ravelry project listing! One that really caught my eye substituted a 4 x 1 flat ribbing instead of an endless sea of stockinette.

The other thing I really liked was the use of seed stitch for each color change stripe, much like the pattern used in the Dream in Color Tulip Sweater. This lends a subtle, elegant texture element to what could be an otherwise bland swath of knitted fabric.

KT baby hatKT baby bibDespite all the time and effort put into the blanket, I still thought something was lacking. I almost always make a hat and this time was no different - except for the fact that I actually followed a pattern for construction. Yep. Jennifer Braico's Fixation Newborn Hat (Ravelry). Substitute leftover Berroco Comfort Chunky for Cascade Fixation and we have a striped hat with an inch of 4-stitch I-cord on top.

Determined not to make socks this time, I listened to the handful of voices who, in the past, have urged me to take the path of least resistance when it comes to easy-peasy baby gifts: the bib. I have finally seen the light! The bib is your friend - especially if you crochet - because you can knock one of these out in under two hours. Seriously.

The Coats and Clark pattern is called the So-Simple Baby Bib which requires size 3 crochet thread. So not the equivalent of chunky yarn, which is why I reworked gauge to create a bib roughly the same size as the one in the original pattern. If I hadn't, I might have cooked up something suitable for a sloppy adult (like me) who's always wearing tiny bits of food on their shirt. If you're interested in the details for the pattern modifications, just email or PM me.

With the help of needles, hooks and patterns, I turned 7 skeins of chunky yarn into something the mom says she'd be proud to put on her baby. Funny how it took four months to make someones day. I'd do it again, too.

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Blogger Chris said...

What a lovely set! The colors are wonderful.

6/01/2009 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

That's one lucky baby! What a great set of handknits -- I predict that the blanket will see a lot of use for many years.

6/01/2009 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

i LOVE that colour green! the three are a great gift, i am sure the new mom will be so proud to dress her baby in those beauties.

6/01/2009 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

the set looks so vibrant and pretty. i love your idea of breaking up the stripes with seed stitch.

i'm also making a baby blanket (the log cabin blankie), and it's taking me a while too. wish me luck!

6/01/2009 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

What a wonderful set for baby - definitely a lot of love in these projects!

6/02/2009 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

This looks fabulous!

6/02/2009 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

What a gorgeous baby set -- and I agree, I really like the effect of using seed stitch when you changed colors. This will become an heirloom!

6/02/2009 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Oh how could mom not love that set!
It's great, even if it was a bit of a slog....

6/02/2009 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

Love the blanket. Then I see a hat and bib. What a wonderful set. Mom should really like this for her boy.(or girl) workes for both

6/03/2009 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

One of my favorite baby blankets ever was made with neon green, orange, red, blue, yellow and white. A little old lady told me they were not "appropriate colors for an infant", but the mother loved them.

6/04/2009 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

wow. my favorite colors. you should have seen how my brain reacted when i clicked on this post!!!

lovely. as usual, karen!

6/04/2009 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

wow. my favorite colors. you should have seen how my brain reacted when i clicked on this post!!!

lovely. as usual, karen!

6/04/2009 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

What a cute and lovely set to give to the baby. Very nice.

6/04/2009 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

I love the colors for your baby things! Very nice!

6/08/2009 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

such a lovely color combination! i especially love the bib.

6/09/2009 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I love the colors! I'm sure the mom is tickled pink. What a thoughtful gift!

6/09/2009 08:02:00 PM  

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