Usually, I'm not someone who likes repeating knitting patterns. I like trying new ones, learning new skills and seeing the end results. But occasionally, I like a pattern so much that I make it again.
A little over 4 years ago, I made the modal-ly baby blanket from a Jared Flood pattern. I loved how it turned out, especially with the soft modal yarn (though it doesn't drape quite as nicely as it would with wool). While I like the pattern, what prompted me to remake this one was seeing the blanket in action, 4 years after I made it.
In May, I went to NYC for a work trip and had time to catch up with some friends for dinner. Their little guy, now 4 years old, still uses the blanket I made for him before he was born. And after 4 years, it still looks remarkably good! It's been through the wash many times, dragged around the house, on international plane trips, etc. The yarn help up well and the pattern is still in tact. It's also especially gratifying to see your knitted creation turn into a beloved "blankie".
I decided to repeat the pattern, same yarn, same color, same everything. Hopefully, it will last just as long for my co-worker's son who was born in September.