Lace it Up

This isn’t my first time knitting. As I stated in my last post, I learned how to knot when I was quite young.

Even when I was crocheting I would knit from time to time: scarves, chunky blankets, baby hats.

The first baby afghan I knitted was for my cousin a few months ago. It was pink. I used a book I found on baby washcloths (which I have made before). Instead of making a bunch of different washcloths and sewing them together, I just created the blanket so they were already together. For example, I would knit Row 1 from the first three washcloth patterns. Then row 2 (backwards!) from the first three wash cloth patters. etc. It turned out nicely but the yarn I used was too thick.

This is my first OFFICIAL knit baby blanket. Not washcloths I put together. And if you are going to knit a baby blanket, might as well knit a lace one, right?

photo 2It’s so beautiful. It’s probably the most beautiful blanket I have ever made (thought I always say that about each blanket I make).

I had to start this blanket 3 times. It was so hard to do because I’m not used to knitting terms. I had to look every stitch up (though once I did they seemed pretty easy. Also, I started the blanket around Christmas time. The baby was due at the end of May. I was getting married in April (lots and lots and lots of prep work). My sister was getting married in July (I was matron of honor). I bought my first house in May (though after the baby, the process all happened right after my wedding). Needless to say, the blanket wasn’t finished until the baby was 2 months old. Though she wasn’t three months when she got it! She lives in LA anyway, so she won’t need it until Christmas.

Here’s a look at the entire blanket:

photo 3This was before I blocked it (which I youtubed how to do) and before I sewed up the hole in the middle.

I’m not sure if I would ever make this blanket again. I think I’ll practice knitting a little more and then go back. This pattern took a lot of concentration because I hadn’t done these stitches ever and I’m still a beginner at knitting. I think with more practice I might go back and make a new one.

Right now, I’m going to practice some stitching. See how I do. And work on 2 more blankets (I’m so behind. Both blankets are for babies that were born over the summer).


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