Juliet’s blog – The horrors of knitting for babies of knitters

Juliet Bernard of The Knitter explains how she went about adapting a pattern for a very special baby blanket.

I do love to knit for babies but when it is the baby of a knitter it can be a bit of a worry. When it’s the grandchild of a very experienced knitter, I confess to feeling quite stressed!

Baby blanket by Juliet Bernard

My dear friend Phyllis has just become a grandmother for the second time. She is a bit of an anglophile so I wanted to use a British Wool. I plumped for Rowan’s Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK with some Noro sock yarn for a bit of colour.

POP blanket by Tincanknits looked like the right design for this yarn combination, but no matter how loosely I cast the squares off, when I came to sew them up they just didn’t work. Nothing to do with the pattern but more to do with my incompetence.

baby blanket holes by Juliet BernardTime for Plan B. I had recently downloaded Lucy Neatby’s Emperor’s New  Scarf and I was struck by the idea of creating holes. So I worked out the size of the blanket I wanted (not too big so it can be used in car seat), and calculated the number of stitches and rows in garter stitch. Then I downloaded some graph paper and finally marked out the pattern for the holes. I tried to avoid making it too uniform to make it more interesting.

When I take out the spare yarn (pictured here in red) I crochet round the stitches in the Noro sock yarn to add a touch of colour. I do hope my friend and her granddaughter like it!