The good thing about having a baby in June? You still have time to design and knit a new blanket for her before the weather turns chilly!
Luckily, my newest design, named after my sweet girl, is finally ready. Meet Nina’s Blanket:
The central inspiration for this design was the classic herringbone, one of my all-time favorite patterns. I just love that graphic punch. In fact, the particular pattern that you see here was inspired by a pair of herringbone sweatpants that I bought for Jackson last winter. (I’m serious!)
In designing Nina’s Blanket, I wanted to create something eye-catching but timeless; always on trend without being trendy. Of course, it needed to be enjoyable and relaxing to knit. In addition, it was important to me to offer a design that could be knit for boys or girls. This striking blanket is the answer. Plush ribbed borders provide the perfect backdrop for the graphic herringbone pattern that is worked in a simple slip-stitch pattern using only one color at a time.
The bottom border, body, and top border of the blanket are worked flat in one piece. Then each of the side borders are picked up and knit in turn. The blanket is shown here in the carriage blanket size and the pattern also includes a larger lap throw size. To make an even larger blanket, simply add additional repeats of the herringbone pattern to the width and then work until the blanket is your desired length, but be sure to increase your yarn requirements accordingly.
And now a word about the fantastic yarn that you see here: it’s the Special DK yarn from Stylecraft Yarns in the UK. This is a 100% acrylic yarn, which is so helpful when designing and knitting for babies (and their parents!) who need soft, easy-to-care-for items. And with a HUGE color palette, it was a lot of fun selecting two colors that highlighted the modern feel of this blanket and that coordinated with Nina’s nursery. No matter who you are knitting for, there are countless color combinations that will work beautifully! As just one example, I made a black and white copy of the first photo to show how well the design works in a neutral palette like charcoal and white:
Finally, let’s talk finishing. The back of the blanket will be seen frequently, and the side borders are picked up separately from the body of the blanket, so the design includes instructions to achieve this tidy finished edge of slipped stitches:
(You can also see how the back of the herringbone pattern has a neat, almost shadow-like effect with the slipped stitches.)
So that’s it! A cozy new design that I’m so glad to send out into the world and to wrap around my growing girl. Autumn is upon us and I hope that you enjoy knitting up this project on a cool evening.