I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.
Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.
This Kisses & Hugs Blanket is named after the X and O cables that Kelley incorporated into the design. It looks great on both sides thanks to the ribbed cables, which is a great skill to learn! The garter-stitch and cable combo creates soft ripples on the edge of the blanket. Whether you're creating a baby blanket or you just want a cute throw, you'll enjoy knitting this project.
Kelley brought the pretty star stitch and a scalloped edging together to make this truly beautiful baby blanket. If you're looking to create an heirloom blanket for the baby in your life, the Twinkle Star Baby Blanket is it (and it's a free pattern).
The star stitch is fun to knit and creates such a pretty texture!
Here's one for the crocheters! Use Tunisian crochet to make this darling mermaid-tail cocoon. Bright and cheery, this blanket will keep your little one's legs and feet warm and cozy. So much fun. And if you want one for yourself (and who wouldn't?), Lena designed the Mermaid Tail Blanket in three sizes.
This stunner was inspired by a shawl that had a quilted look. Stephanie (Verybusymonkey) designed the Garden Patch Baby Blanket for a quilter friend's grandchild, incorporating blocks of different stitch patterns. It's truly beautiful, isn't it? This one will be treasured forever.
Garden Patch is knit from the corner outward and can be worked as either a square blanket or a rectangular blanket. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions, so don't be intimidated by any of the stitch patterns!
Get out your crochet hook and brighten up the nursery with this pop of fun! The Bon Bon Blanket uses the simplest geometric shapes, stripes and circles, to bring together colors in an exciting way. Simple to work, this baby blanket is modern and original.
I hope you'll make one of these knit and crochet baby blankets!
Like many of you, I was researching various masks to make for my friends and family and wanted one that could be made quickly, had a nice fit around the nose, and provided an option for a replaceable filter to provide a little more protection for myself and others nearby. So I fired up my sewing machine and started experimenting!
I finally came up with a mask that I was happy with, so I thought I'd share it.
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.