Free Baby Blanket Pattern – Completed!

Feathered Baby Blanket

Anyone remember when I started knitting a baby blanket back at the start of April? I finally finished it! How slow am I? I missed handing this over when Zach was born in mid-April, so let’s call this blanket a present to celebrate his, um, 11th week of life!

Handing the blanket over involved last-minute knitting in the back of a car speeding us to meet the family. I really must sort out my time management.

photo (4)Knitting in the back of a car

I was worried at times that this blanket looked a bit old fashioned, but now I love its ripply springiness. This blanket is really easy to knit and it’s FREE here. Mummy had given me a hint about the nursery’s colour scheme, and these stripes suit the room perfectly. I used six balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the shades Primrose, White and Light Blue. You want a nice, soft wool – nothing too scratchy against tender skin. I ordered the wool from Deramores – I find this a very good site and competitively priced.

Very important tip – make sure you use machine washable wool when knitting baby blankets! No parent wants to add hand washing to their list of tasks around a newborn.

Full Blanket

It was lovely meeting Zach and handing this blanket over. I felt very proud to watch him going for an afternoon walk in his pram, his new blanket tucked in. (Confession – I was so pooped after a busy week that I stayed behind and napped on the sofa. Does this make me a bad friend?!)

One last detail around this blanket. I hope Zach’s mum doesn’t mind me mentioning that she was a little anxious around the huge changes about to happen when her baby was born. Whilst knitting this blanket, I would often send a mantra circling around my brain as stitches slipped down the needles. Everything’s going to be okay. You’re going to be fine

Everything is more than okay and fine. It’s ruddy marvellous.

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25 Responses to Free Baby Blanket Pattern – Completed!

  1. The blanket looks fantastic and the baby is super cute!

  2. Bold Sewist says:

    Gorgeous baby, lovely blanket! I love the deadline knitting, a lady after my own heart! And the beautiful mantra knitted in, may it help her in those slightly more fraught moments x

  3. What a great blanket (and gorgeous baby!) There’s nothing like the panic-inducing realisation that a baby/birthday/christening is due and the knitted gift you’re making is nowhere near finished!

    Congrats on finishing it 🙂

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  4. What a lovely, and dare I say it ritualistic in a kind of pagan witchy style, way of knitting – to imbue it with your positive thoughts for the baby and his mother. My daughter’s blanket is still very much under construction and I wonder if I will get it finished it time for her 1st birthday in September! But now I’m inspired by your process and as I carry on knitting I will fill it with as many happy thoughts for her little person as possible. Ooh, it’s all a bit too sentimental for me this time of the morning, I’m getting quite teary!

  5. Beautifully done, as always, and such a gift, entwined with love!

  6. Kat H says:

    Oooh so CUTE!! (The blanket is rather cute, too. 😉

    I love the mantra you put in it, that’s just so lovely.

  7. Ginny says:

    Beautiful! You did better than me to get it finished when he’s only 11 weeks. I started a quilt for my daughter when I was pregnant and finished when she was at least a year old! My best friend is currently expecting her first though, and I’m frantically making things with the September deadline looming ever closer. I currently have about 6″ of blanket done.

  8. I’d have been overjoyed if someone had knitted either of my children a blanket – your friend is very lucky and I’m sure hasn’t noticed the delay 🙂 I guess knitting in the car didn’t make you travel sick.
    And you really can’t go wrong with DB Baby Cashmerino – it’s a lovely yarn.

  9. Philipppa says:

    Ahhh! Lovely baby and blanket!!

  10. Marie says:

    Aaaaaw Karen, what a beautifully made and snuggle-worthy blanket! Zack looks totally adorable and in love with his blanket ;o)

  11. Béa says:

    Awww! I love how you wove all that positivity vibe into your gift. It looks really snuggly and babysome.

  12. lisa g says:

    beautiful blanket! it cracks me up that you were finishing it on the way over!

  13. Becky says:

    Lovely blanket! And lovely thoughts to go with it. Cute, cute baby!

  14. Jenny says:

    Gorgeous blanket and the baby is so adorable! I wish I could hold him!

  15. Zach and I are loving the blanket and the positive mantra. Thank you Karen!!! xxx

  16. Stephanie says:

    Nice job! I also love your mantra – very thoughtful! I recently knitted a baby sweater for the four-month-old baby of friends in Italy, which I finished at the very end of my five-week stay in Florence (most memorable was tearing it out to make it longer, after I saw the baby, which I did while watching the Giro d’Italia on tv), so I understand delays…My boyfriend and I rushed over to their apartment on my second-last evening there to deliver the goods! 🙂 I like the blanket idea and might copy you the next time. The colours are especially pretty.

  17. Sabs says:

    Adorable! And the baby is not too bad looking either! I’ve just learnt to knit (yay!) so I think I might try your pattern at some point, so thanks!

  18. LinB says:

    Not ritualistic and pagan at all to “say a prayer with every stitch!” The blanket is loverly. Is it “feather and fan” or “Old Shale”? I always get those two mixed up … whichever one, it has made Baby Zach something to treasure to pieces once he gets a little older. Also, naps are to be caught whenever and wherever one can. True friends would rather visit with you when you are rested and refreshed.

  19. Feather and fan stitch is classic, perfect for a baby blanket! I love that you didn’t just use traditional colors, too. How adorable does he look wrapped up in it, too? It’s something he will love as long as that blanket exists. 🙂

  20. gingermakes says:

    Lovely! Zach looks perfectly cozy wrapped up in it (and how CUTE is he?!?!)! Better late than never, I say!

  21. redsilvia says:

    A handsome fellow is Mr. Zach! (I adore that hair he has – squeal!)

    That colorway is very elegant and boy appropriate so you’ve chosen well. Good work!

  22. Lovely. And that colour way will be fine if he ever has a little sister……

  23. I love the springyness too! Well done.

  24. What a gorgeous bubba!! The blanket looks great, Karen, and hey, if it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done!

  25. katlane12 says:

    What a gorgeous little bubba! I’ve done that many a time knitting down to the wire. The main hing is it got finished. I think the zig zags look awesome and I love the colour combo. Nice work!

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