This Spring I started designing two new baby blanket designs. I should know better than to buy yarn and start two projects at once. I was making great progress on the first blanket until the yarn came for the second one. At that point the new yarn distracted me and I couldn't resist starting the second blanket.
It didn't help that both babies were due in the same month. Which one should I prioritize? Turns out it didn't matter since I didn't finish either before the babies came. But it's summer. So we'll call these 'winter' blankets and not 'protect-you-from-too-much-air-conditioning' blankets.
Starting a new job, working on two side projects, biking a century and various other day-to-day life excitement left me with notes scribbled on papers with hash marks that I was finally able to translate into a readable pattern.
I present to you (blanket #2) the English Rose Tweed Baby Blanket.
The pattern is fairly easy once you get used to the K1B (knit into the stitch below). It feels like you're doing something wrong by knitting into the bottom and letting the stitch fall off. But once you master the K1B (check out this video), it's just simple knit and purl stitches.
Using bulky yarn means that you can make this blanket fairly quickly. This was my first time knitting with the Knit Picks Billow yarn. Sometimes the Knit Picks colors are a little too bright and bold, but Billow has a lovely color selection with softer colors that pair well together. I also love how incredibly soft this yarn is. It sheds a little while you knit with it, but I would definitely use this yarn again. It would work really well for hats and cowls.
As always, I'm happy to answer questions in the comments. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and happy knitting!