Baby Blankets Galore

This week I finished my 11th baby blanket since I started knitting 2 years ago – 2 years ago! And I’m about to cast on my 13th blanket in a few days. I wanted to learn how to knit for years and finally took the plunge 2 years ago and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I love it and how easily I taken to it.
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I started an Etsy shop and let the listings expire because I actually get better business via personal referrals. This last blanket was commissioned by a friend for her sister-in-law. Typically when someone wants a blanket, or if I’m making one as a baby shower gift I just ask the colors and then do my thing.
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My girlfriend told me pink and grey were the colors, I added a bit of white and decided since the pink was such a wonderfully saturated color (Hello, Caron Simply Soft in Neon Pink) I could do a simple garter stitch striped blanket. No fancy techniques, no crazy stitch patterns, just simple knit stitches but in alternating colors and widths for stripes. I even did a little color blocking and mixed up stripes between pink and white. I was also surprised at home much positive feedback the simply stitched blanket received on Instagram.
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I also recently completed this honeycomb stitch blanket as a gift for my girlfriend who is having a baby boy. She told me her nursery colors would be mossy green, light blue and a light yellow. I tried to figure out a way to capture her colors and still make the blanket interesting.
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That’s when I stumbled upon the honeycomb stitch and decided a multicolored polka dot blanket was going to be my next task. I thought it would be daunting but it turned out to be so easy! So much so that I want a version for myself in full size – although that would take so much more time than a baby blanket!
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I know because it took me two months to finish this simple double seed stitch blanket for a coworker who was moving across country. All in all I think that baby blankets are my favorite things to knit. The recipients are so worthy of something soft and snuggly infused with a bit of my love while I knit – how could I not love making baby blankets? So as I get more pregnant girlfriends and more private orders/requests I’ll keep on knitting them. If you’re interested, you can take a look at almost everything I’ve knitted in the past 2 years via Flickr and if you’re interested in me making something for you, send me an email at knitting at iamdwj.com.

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