Saturday, March 10, 2007

Baby Blanket

I make these little baby blankets all the time - I should keep several on hand - but I generally just make them right before the baby comes. Another pastor's wife here in the middle of nowhere is about to have her 4th baby - at home. She was one of the first people I met when we moved here and her oldest son is the same age as the Man-Cub. The blanket is super easy - I cast on about 100 stitches on #9 needles and knit stockinette stitch about 200 rows - or until I run out of yarn - I use 2 skeins of Caron Soft. You can see how the blanket tries to curl up.

So, to make it lay flat I crochet a border in a different color. If I know the gender of the baby - I'll do the traditional color for that - or sometimes I know what colors they are using in the nursery and I'll use that. In this case I don't know either - so I'm using some rainbow baby yarn from my stash. This is just single crochet - but sometimes I use a shell stitch for a baby girl or for a baptismal blanket.


  1. That's so adorable, I might just have another just to get one....NOT!!! I'll have to go get mine out that you made for Richard. I believe it was all crochet. Robert's was a thicker pink, blue and white knit. I hope you don't mind, but I plan on giving them to the kids when (and if) they have babies of their own. (so you'll have to come up with something else to knit!) What's amazing is, that's probably sooner than ya think!

    Love, K

  2. I know - it's incredible how fast they grow up - I remember crocheting the baby blanket for Richard while I lived in FL.



  3. Beautiful! Do you just crochet one row of single crochet or more than that? My silly scarf would not mind it's manners and lie flat after a row of double crochet. Should I crochet another double row or rip it out and try single? Thanks for the advice!!

  4. Hi Patricia,

    There are 4 rows of single crochet on the blanket - the first one is in white - it just makes a prettier border that way - I always do the first round in the same color as the blanket - that way I make sure my stitches are even - you don't need the same number of crochet as knit stitches.