I started this blanket…a very long time ago. I think it was around the third trimester, maybe when I was about seven months pregnant with my now-almost-six-month-old. But of course, adding a baby in to the mix makes knitting go much slower, so I’m just happy I finally finished it! I fell in love with the fun striped colors of this blanket the second I saw it on the Purl Bee’s blog. I knew that if I only made one blanket for our little one, this would be it. Since I didn’t want to spend a gazillion dollars on the “suggested” yarns, I stuck with my favorite: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. It took at least three trips to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby before I was able to finally decide on the right color combination, and I’m really happy with how it ended up.
I used circular needles, just because it was so long, and I’m glad I splurged on a bamboo set. Bamboo needles are sooo worth it, and that’s all I really see myself buying from now on. It makes your knitting feel so much more comfortable, and the stitches stay on the needles really well. I don’t have any particular insight on the pattern, just that you will likely need to pull out a row or two at some point. It’s worth it to keep the chevrons nice and pointed, and since the stitches alternate between two cast on amounts (increasing and decreasing), it’s easy to count and make sure you’re still on track.
Charlie loves it. It’s perfect for playing on, as it’s quite thick, and it works well as a stroller blanket. It’s pretty thick, and not something I’d suggest using for wrapping up a tiny newborn in, but it’s great hanging over a rocking chair. I have a feeling it will get even more use as he grows, and since it’s machine washable, I don’t worry too much about him partying on it.
One happy, snug little guy!