Two of my good college friends used to tell everyone that they each wanted to have 10 kids. During a weekend retreat at Princeton, I promised that I would knit them baby blankets and send them jars of Nutella for each baby they had. This blanket is the fulfillment of the promise for my friend Quirk (nickname), who is having her second baby boy this fall. I made Quirk's first blanket exactly two years ago and it was the very first post I wrote for this blog! That first blog post still receives some of the most traffic both here and on Ravelry. (This is the 4th blanket I made to fulfill my promise...you can find the 3rd here. Fortunately for me, I don't think either of my friends will actually have 10 kids each.)
Quirk has the most difficult pregnancies of anyone I know. They are "so-sick-I-lose-weight-and-can't-get-out-of-bed" bad. So by the time Quirk gets to the end of her pregnancy, she has definitely earned a jar of Nutella.
I sent Quirk a jumbo jar of Nutella with this blanket. You see, Quirk is getting ready to move to Papua New Guinea with her family. And Nutella will be hard to come by there. Quirk has been busy over the last few months preparing to move to a new country, raising support money for the work she and her husband will do there, and taking care of an almost-two-year-old little boy. All while feeling really sick. So the jumbo jar of Nutella is her reward.
About the pattern: This blanket is an adaptation of the Reveresable Basketweave Blanket. I used Cotton Ease to knit it because I wanted to make something durable and easy to wash. This blanket is going to travel all over with Quirk and her family, so it needed to be made of something that would last.
Stay tuned for another custom pattern I designed that will be available soon. I'm in the process of knitting it right now. If you're signed up for my newsletter, you'll be the first to find out when the pattern is available and will have the chance to buy it at an absurdly low price! Sign up now and you'll receive the free Twin Leaf Baby Blanket Pattern (if you haven't already!)
Also stay tuned for some exciting changes on the blog. I mentioned earlier that I'm quickly approaching the 2 year anniversary of PaintingLilies and as a birthday present, the site is getting a re-designed look! When I launch the new look, we'll have some give-aways and contests to celebrate the 2 year birthday.
There has been some confusion about how to access the pattern. If you're a member of Ravelry, you can access my project and notes (Basketweave Blanket on Ravelry) or the original pattern (Reveresable Basketweave Blanket) .
I didn't make a formal PDF write-up for this pattern since I didn't create it, but the basic instructions are below.
Using size 7 circular needles and CottonEase yarn, CO 180 Seed stitch for 6 rows (The blanket has a border of seed stitch) Rows 1-6: 6 seed stitch (knit 6, purl 6)* to last six stitches, 6 seed stitch Rows 7-12: 6 seed stitch (purl 6, knit 6)* to last six stitches, 6 seed stitch Repeat 22 times Six rows of seed stitch Bind off