Baby Blankets

I recently made a couple of baby blankets. Here’s the first one, done in a slip stitch pattern, using a combination acrylic/wool blend. It’s pretty small as blankets go, maybe 26″ x 26″ or so, good for a stroller.

And here is the other one. It’s done in the same kind of yarn, but here I have done large stripes formed of small stripes, which gives an interesting color blend effect, I think, using garter stitch.

It’s larger, 36″ x 30″, I think, suitable for a crib or playpen sleep session.

Why did I make these and why am I showing them to you now? Because they are for my little granddaughter, my first grandchild, born yesterday, July 27, 2020.

Hello and welcome to Leona Lora!

35 thoughts on “Baby Blankets

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I have knitted since I was 8 years old and I’ve made a lot of things, but slip stitch is one technique I really like for the complexity in pattern it allows, and it’s also easy to do. I kind of went crazy on colors, I picked all the ones I liked (which was VERY MANY) and bought a couple of skeins of each, then worked out the patterns. I figure I can use the leftover on other projects (need an afghan? scarf? pet blanket?…)

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I did not do any knitting after my hand injury in 2012 until now – I put everything aside, got rid of my yarn, but kept all my needles and tools because…I thought one day I would take it up again. These projects make me want to make more things now…

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. From my experience a baby cannot have too many blankets and it’s nice to have a choice. Plus, I think handmade blankets and clothes and so on bring along a little bit of good karma and support. Helpful when you are just starting out in this world, I think!

  4. merrildsmith

    Congratulations, Claudia. ❤️❤️ It’s always good to hear such news, but especially these days. I hope baby and mother are well. Your blankets are beautiful. You are so talented!

  5. Laura (PA Pict)

    Congratulations!!!! That is such wonderful news! Welcome to the world, Leona Lora! What a gorgeous name.

    The blankets are superb. I love the patterns and colours. I always appreciated anything handmade for my babies and blankets are fantastic.

  6. memadtwo

    Congratulations!! I have to admit I’ve always been partial to garter stitch and stripes. I still have the handmade blankets made for my girls. (K)

  7. Efrona Mor

    These are beautiful, it’s one of my favorite things to do when a friend or family has a baby! But I’ve not had time for a few years to do one!

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. Everyone is doing fine, thanks for asking. I have been knitting since I was eight and my grandmother taught me when I was visiting her. I spent the week knitting up her scrap yarn into a snake and never looked back.

  9. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I had not knitted since my hand injury in 2012, but before that I had been doing it for decades. It was nice to get back into it again and I tried to choose simple patterns and let the color be the focus.

  10. Claudia McGill Post author

    I wanted something simple so it would take shape pretty quickly (in case I didn’t like them and needed to try something else). And I wanted to use lots of colors. I like garter stitch too. It’s straightforward and also makes a nice cushiony blanket.

  11. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. When my son was young and many people I knew were having babies I made a lot of blankets, but since my hand injury in 2012, I didn’t do any knitting, though I kept all my needles and tools. But for this, I decided to make a try again and I enjoyed it.

  12. Claudia McGill Post author

    My mother was an excellent seamstress and taught me to sew (I am nowhere near her league but I can do it). I made so many of my own clothes for a long time and for my son and husband too. Then of course fabric work was my entree into doing art. It was a good skill to have, sewing.

  13. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, we are happy she is here now. And making the blankets was fun. I had not knitted for some time after a lifetime of almost non-stop knitting, due to a hand injury in 2012. I am glad I did these projects, it reminded me how much I enjoy it. Now, who needs a blanket???

  14. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I enjoyed making them, it has been some time since I did any knitting, though I did a LOT back a few years. (I may want some more projects, I did buy extra yarn…) and I hope she will like them, and when she outgrows them, well, she can keep them, let her dolls use them, or …the cat can sleep on them? Doesn’t matter, I enjoyed doing it.

  15. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. On all counts! As for the colors, well, I could not resist just adding one…then another…then another…I like to see how they work with each other. And I do like a nice soft and bright blanket (I am sure I sleep better when my blanket is cheerful, not kidding, either…)

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