baby's on the
way, and you want to give something personal,
something truly of yourself. The solution: Sit down and knit a cozy
blankets are based on
squares, which means there's no complicated shaping required.
There are so many thinks
when you think about making your first baby
It is important to ensure
fabric you choose, to make your baby
blanket is colour fast, many
happen with babies
spillage that the colour from a
baby’s blanket can
easily ruin other clothing your baby
soft pastel colours.
need to be made of
medium weight yarn or fabric, heavy blankets can suffocate your baby. Ideally
blankets for babies use acrylic
baby yarn, nice
or washable wool,
these are softer and nicer next to baby’s skin.
patterns will guide
you as to what is
the recommended yarn to use.
important that whatever yarn you choose that it can handle being washed
Allow yourself plenty of
baby patterns are knitted using a small needles,
fine yarn therefore it will take many stitches and rows to complete a
fact you may wish to
start as soon as pregnancy has been announced,
When making your first
pick projects that are too complex with many stitch variations, as you
not complete it in time for the new arrival.
Most good stores carry a
that they recommend specifically for making items for babies, check
It is important
blankets to ensure your the blanket is wrapped snuggly around the baby,
then tuck the end of the blanket under the
crib/cot mattress, with your baby's
feet touching the footboard. Also don't put the blanket any higher on
than up to his chest as that will help prevent your precious little
one from slipping under
blankets and suffocating.
is a very simple pattern for beginner’s to make their first baby
is no guage to measure the finished size is entirely up to the knitter,
ideally 36” x 34” (90cm x 85cm) will be a
sufficient size for a baby blanket.
12 oz of suitable baby yarn
10 or size 11 knitting needles – depending on your knitting
style you may wish
to practice by knitting a square using both needles and see which size
you the desired look.
knitting stitch markers – these will be used to mark your
borders on your
Bottom Border - cast on 120
stitches (refer to Knit-easy casting on techniques) and knit 10 rows
will be the bottom border of your blanket.
Blanket - the next 4
rows will establish your pattern
11 - K7 stitches then place a marker (this is for the side border of
blanket) purl to the last 7 stitches, place another marker to designate
other side border – K7 the last 7 stitches.
12 – Knit entire row
13 – K7 stiches (or to marker) purl to last 7 stitches (or
marker) and K7
14 – Knit entire row
15 – K7 purl to last 7 stitches – K7
will now see your border taking shape.
rows 12 to 15 until you achieve your required length, ending with purl
knit 10 rows as per bottom
border then cast
off as per techniques explained in Knit-easy
course make many
other great items for newborns. A great resource for ideas
who you should knit something special for can be found at Miracles Happen
- and this is truly what newborns are all about Miracles
so what are you waiting for get some ideas and start making your own Miracles Happen
rush out and buy a pattern be sure to check out the many
resources available in the Knit-easy
Ultimate guide to free knitting resources on the net.
But you may also like to check out this great resource to
Also search google for more free patterns for baby blankets