And I got to visit him just last week! Such a happy little sweetie. I think he'll look great wrapped up in this little basketweave blanket. Knitters can find my pattern modifications at the bottom of this post.
I made the tag with supplies from my craft box:
Isn't the stamp great? I thought a giraffe was suitable for a little baby boy. It came from a stamp set I got a few years ago. The images are woodcuts taken from an old edition of Webster's Dictionary.
And the gift wouldn't be complete without a handmade card:
I tried to emulate the "basketweave" pattern of the blanket on the card by weaving strips of cardstock together:
Now, on to the knitting details!
- Find my Ravelry project here
- I wanted to make this blanket suitable for a car seat/carrier, so it measures 30" x 31.5"
- According to my initial swatch and desired size, I loosely cast on 144 st
- Needle: 29" 4mm circular
- I went for a seed st border (k1, p1 and repeat for one row, then knit the purls and purl the knits for subsequent rows) of 14 rows deep
- For the 15th row (the first row of basketweave squares) I began a 12 st side border in seed st, then k10, p10 and repeat until 12 st from the edge (seed st last 12 st)
- [In retrospect I would have cast on 140 and made the side borders 10 st wide instead of 12]
- Each basketweave square is 14 rows x 10 st
- After 14 rows, simply switch knit sections to purl and vice versa
- When 2" from desired length, revert back to seed st for 14 rows and loosely bind off
- Yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease - machine washable and dryable! Essential for a little babe.
And that's all I have to say about that. Michael, I hope the blanket keeps you toasty this winter and I just can't wait to see you next time!
More of my knitting posts can be found here.