There may not be a more perfect gift for a baby than a handknit blanket. No matter the time of year or climate into which a child is born, a blanket is useful to cover up and do tummy time on. They always fit and, so long as you make them from easy-care yarns, they are simple to keep clean.
If you need some new baby blankets for your repertoire, check out 60 Quick baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash and 128 Superwash from Cascade Yarns.
About the Book
- Pages: 176
- Format: paperback with interior flaps
- Number of patterns: 61
- Skill level: one project is rated for beginners, 14 are easy, 40 are intermediate and 5 are for advanced knitters; a knit lamb also ranks easy
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: none, but inside the back cover you'll find abbreviations, tips on gauge, embroidery tips and a printed 8-inch ruler
- Publication date: April 2013
- Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books
60 Quick Baby Knits covers a wide range of knitting skills and a variety of blanket styles, all worked in superwash wool for easy care.
The beginner project features a Garter Stitch checkerboard, while more complex patterns include intarsia monkeys and mustaches, lacy stars and loopy sheep, a textured owl on a branch and a fun three-color tweed, to name a few. There are chevrons and slip stitches, cables and colorwork of all sorts.
Many of the projects are pretty whimsical, but there are a few more traditional ones as well.
Some of my favorites include Gorgeous Gingham, a pretty repeating block pattern of solid and alternating colors; Zig and Zag, a modular pattern worked in 8 colors; Stripe it Rich, a simple Garter Stitch pattern worked in bold, colorful stripes; Hip to Be Square, a mitered-square blanket worked in shades of blue; Picture-Perfect Plaid, which is pretty well explained by its name; and Union Jack, a giant rendition of the British flag, perfect for Brit babes and Anglophiles around the world.
This is a great book for people who like to knit baby blankets for gifts or charity projects but don't want to knit the same one over and over again. These projects offer a lot of variety as well as good ideas for motifs and designs you could incorporate into blankets for bigger kids as well.
Check out my review of Cascade 220 Superwash.