Special Pattern for a Special Day:
The special date baby blanket is not really a pattern, it is just an idea for your own design for a new baby in your life.
The pattern incorporates the baby's birth day into the stripe pattern. The only disadvantage in this sort of pattern is that you have to wait until the baby is born before you can start knitting.
- Roughly equal amounts of three colors of your choice of yarn, totaling the appropriate yardage for the type of yarn you are using. You may need more of one color if the numbers are very different, such as 7/25/6.
- A set of knitting needles that will work with your yarn.
- Yarn needle or crochet hook
Gauge will vary depending on the type of yarn you are using. It's critical to make a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches per inch you are getting and how many stitches you will need to cast on for the width of blanket you want.
- Cast on the number of stitches you determined you need for the width of blanket you would like.
- Knit in your chosen stitch pattern in the first color for as many rows as you need for the first number of your date (the month).
- Knit in the second color the number of rows needed for the second number (date).
- Knit in the third color as many rows as you need for the third number (year).
- Continue in this manner until your blanket measures your desired length, ending with the third color.
- Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
Tips for Success:
- When estimating yardage requirements, always buy more yarn than you think you will need. It's much better to have too much (which could always be made into a matching hat) than not enough.
- If you want to use this idea for a bigger kid or a different special date not in the '00s, use four colors and separate out the digits of the year. For example to knit June 13, 1982, knit six rows in color one, 13 in color two, eight in color three and two in color four.
- Explain to the recipient (or his or her parents) what the stripes represent. That way the blanket will go from being a nice gift to becoming an heirloom.