My father's parents had 9 children, of which he was the middle one. These siblings averaged 5 children of their own, and my grandfather estimates that he has 42 grandchildren. I had lost touch with many of my cousins for years, but have been lucky enough to reconnect with many of them over the last year. I'm grateful to rediscover my large family, and I've had the fortune to meet their children as well. I get a lot of joy from making gifts for this fourth generation
This blanket is for Leana's first son, who is expected in March. I wanted a knit project, and I looked around for a lacy yet structured stitch. I found this pattern in a free pamphlet in Joann's, though you can find it on Red Heart's site as well. I used the wavy Bernat's Baby Essentials yarn in white, which added its own unique texture and shine. My sister was really in love with the yarn, and I will likely use it again in a future gift for her even though she's no baby.
I didn't track knitting time, but I carried the blanket around with me for 3 or 4 weeks. It was a joy to make, because it is just repetitive enough that you don't have to reference the pattern much after the first few repeats yet it has enough variety to keep your interest. A large percentage of knitting time was spent with Frida on my lap (see the first picture below), so I have to infer she liked the yarn a lot, too.
Two pieces of advice if you make this yourself: 1) The seed stitch as written in the pattern is *K, P, K, repeat from *. I did this in my project, but this means there are groupings of 2 knit stitches. In a traditional seed stitch, you would simply alternate K 1 and P 1. 2) You can see in the middle photo that the YO are a little looser in a band down the blanket. This was caused by attempting to uncross my purl stitches in opposition to my usual style. I didn't like the effect and switched back. Any experienced knitter knows not to switch style in the middle of a large project, but here is a live example of the possible effects. I don't think little Angelo will mind, babies are very forgiving of knitting mistakes.