February 27, 2010

FK: Basket Weave Baby Blanket / The Curse of the Baby Knitting


I believe that all babies should be knit for. As I told Ben yesterday, "It's a fact of life." Maybe it's because it gives you something to do while you wait, whether you're the mother or an onlooker. Or maybe because there's nothing I love better than seeing a wee little one wrapped up in something that I spent so long pouring my love into.

Our neighbor is 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant. She was due yesterday and as far as I know has not given birth yet. I decided a few weeks ago, when I realized she was due soon, that this little one needed a blanket. So I cast on and then knit on it when I could. Her due date drew closer and closer and with it's approach I knit faster and faster. I was afraid I wouldn't make it. Now, I am afraid I doomed her and she is suffering from The Curse.

"The Curse" that says no baby will show up until handmade projects created for the wee one are complete. I have been a victim of The Curse. My mom-in-love didn't finish a blanket for Duder until the day I went into labor.  There has been lots of other documentation from various places proving the existence of this curse as well. So when yesterday came and went, and I still had the blocking to complete, I was afraid it was my fault. 


But now, I am done. It finished drying over night and it is ready to give to our neighbor. Now she can have her baby. ;)

Pattern: Basket weave Baby Blanket by Meg (pattern below)

Yarn: Lion Brand Jiffy in "Heather Blue" - 4.75 balls

Needles: US 10.5/6.5mm Susan Bates Circular

YTD Mileage: This project used 639 yards which brings me to 0.84 miles!

Here's the pattern:

Basket Weave Baby Blanket
CO 120 sts.

Knit 14 rows in garter (knit all rows), ending with a WS row.

Section 1: 
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: *k8, p8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k8.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows total.

Section 2:
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: K8. *K8, p8. Repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k16.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows.

Keep alternating section 1 and 2 until desired length, ending with section 1 (so that it matches beginning). Work 14 rows garter stitch. Bind off. Weave in ends.


11 comments:

legna said...

Beutiful job as always babe.

Farm Girl said...

Hey it looks beautiful, I love the blue color too.
Yep, I will always be nutted up over that blanket. Thank goodness I finished it, what would have happened, if say, I was still working on it??? Haha

Melissa H said...

Im working on a basket weave blanket and I saw yours in the "images" in a google search. It is sooo beautiful and I want to know, does putting the knit row in between the "switch" make it lay so purty like that? If I dont, will it look sloppy? I think I will experiment. I would love to hear your opinion.

Melissa H said...

Im working on a basket weave blanket and I saw yours in the "images" in a google search. It is sooo beautiful and I want to know, does putting the knit row in between the "switch" make it lay so purty like that? If I dont, will it look sloppy? I think I will experiment. I would love to hear your opinion.

Janice Boucher said...

Could you please tell me your method used in blocking this beautiful blanket?
Thanks

Georgia said...

Does anyone know if there's a PDF of this totally gorgeous babyblanket?

Georgia said...

Does anyone know if there's a PDF of this totally gorgeous babyblanket?

Barbara Ward said...

http://anoregoncottage.com/quick-basketweave-knitted-throw-pattern/

Anonymous said...

The finished product is beautiful but this pattern is wrong. If you follow this pattern, you will get an interesting textured effect but it's not what the photo shows and it's not basketweave stitch. For basketweave, you need to knit the knits and purl the purls for x rows, not knit every other row. After x rows, you move your knit/purl sections over one section so instead of ribbing you get a basketweave effect.

Please update this pattern and eliminate row 1 for each section. This is a great beginner project, but could lead to a lot of disappointment for a beginning knitter who is likely to copy the pattern's mistakes.

Unknown said...

Can you post an image of what the pattern, as it is, looks like once finished? I'm about 25 rows in and can't decide if I want to frog it or not. I see what you mean by the texture, but am worried the wrong side will look goofy

Unknown said...

I think this is the corrected pattern (after the border):


Section 1:
Row 1: K8, *K8, P8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K8.
Row 2: K8, *P8, K8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K8
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows total.

Section 2:
Row 1: K8. *P8, K8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K8.
Row 2: K8, *K8, P8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, K8.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows.

Keep alternating section 1 & 2 until desired length, ending with section 1
(so it matches beginning). Work 14 rows garter stitch. Bind off. Weave in ends.

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