Some good friends of ours have just had a little girl, who was born two weeks ago. When we knew they were expecting a present from the stork, I just knew I wanted to make something, but what I didn’t know.
It was time to break out those knitting needles again, even though I don’t really consider myself much of a knitter, the gift just had to be knitted. I eventually found this blanket pattern on Ravelry. It looked easy enough and one which I didn’t really have to think much about!
The pattern was so easy to make up, it just took forever, about two months! I decided to go for the largest size, 33″ by 31″ according to the pattern. This meant I had rows with 173 stitches on them. It took at least 10 minutes to stitch a row. The ridges are made by knitting a purl row instead of knitting. I have to say that before starting this my purl knitting (purling?) was decidedly slow, it got significantly better time I’d finished.
The baby’s father is mad on the local football team (their colours are black and yellow) and Mum is mad on Formula 1 racing and originally I thought to edge it with black bias ribbon and stitch racing cars and footballs to the blanket. I couldn’t find the latter and in the end found these cute little fellas (do they need an introduction?)
…and remembered both Mum and Dad’s love of Despicable Me. Minions it was! So a couple were handstitched to the blanket. I have to say, it was the best choice ever.
The second part of the gift came from a Facebook discussion. Baby’s Dad put an image on FB of this
As you can just about see in the photo above, the original shirt had purple binding around the inside neck. It gave me an idea to finish the neck and sleeves with purple binding.
I’m really happy how this turned out. It’s a wee bit big for baby at the moment – she’s three weeks old! However, the best thing is that she has a dress to go into which isn’t pink! I feel brave enough to try make some more of these, perhaps sleeveless so that they can be layered more easily for the cooler weather.