I spent a lot of time on Ravelry, searching for the perfect pattern. We didn't know if the bun-in-the-oven would be a boy or a girl, so I was looking for something gender-neutral - but nonetheless awesome - for this little kid. I thought about the Log Cabin Blanket as well as the Moderne Baby Blanket - longtime faves from Mason Dixon Knitting. But it was a pattern I had never seen before that really caught my eye: Pickets by Jennifer Crawford (find it on Ravelry or KnitPicks).
A full rainbow! All the way across the baby!
It was a pleasure to knit. I LOVE garter stitch. So soothing. So uniform. I chose a very practical acrylic yarn that would be fully machine washable, making the blanket actually useful to our friends. The colours available were perfect. *A full rainbow*. My personal favorites are the bright blue, the yellow, and the purple. Here are some photos of the blanket in-progress:
Even after finally finishing the blanket, I still felt crafty. So I made this little card as well:
Finally, some modification notes and tips for interested knitters:
- You'll notice I dropped one of the "points" of each "picket" so that only one end of the blanket had "points". I knew that my "increasing end" would not be symmetrical with my "decreasing end", so I just cast off the full width of the "picket". I think it looks more like a picket fence this way, or maybe a set of crayons?
- Regarding gauge, I knit 24 stitches across at the maximum width, and knit about 149 rows per panel (after the "point" was completed).
- All through the project, I was dreading the final seaming of all ten pickets. However, I was directed to a knitty tutorial by a fellow Raveler which turned out to be so easy and effective, I actually looked forward to seaming! In retrospect, I would have left a "tail" at the end of each picket that would equal the entire length of the picket (plus about six inches) - it could then be used as the seaming yarn.
- Link to my project page on Ravelry