6/14/13

Pattern Release: Forever Diamonds Baby Blanket


A story of this blanket is a simple one: my friend is about to have a baby. 

It is her first baby, and the path to get here (to 7th month of pregnancy) was difficult for my friend. Without details - it was at least 5+ year-process, filled with lots of hope and several disappointments. But... all is behind and she is counting down days now :).

In the design of this blanket I wanted to capture how precious this baby is for my friend and her family, so I used pattern with moss-stitch bordered diamonds. 

Simple but timeless, this blanket has a very elegant feel to it. No fancy techniques - if you can knit and purl - you can do it! The bonus feature: it is reversible.

Introducing:

 Forever Diamonds Baby Blanket

 

Materials
Yarn: DK weight yarn, 250 g
The sample was done in Ketzer Angel Baby (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50 g/185 yards, 5 skeins).
Tools: needles, US 3 (3.25 mm)
Finished size: Approx. 34”x 34” (85 x 85 cm)
Gauge: 24 st x 32 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


Notes
  • The blanket has moss stitch borders that flank the diamond pattern used for the main body of the blanket.
  • Choose yarn with a good stitch definition to show off the elegant diamond pattern. Fuzzy or boucle yarns will not be appropriate for this design.
  • Blanket can be made bigger or smaller by adjusting the number of diamond pattern repeats. Same pattern can be used for afghans, scarves, stoles or bedspreads.
Pattern is Charted and Written in words
I am offering this pattern as an instant PDF download through Raverly (PayPal)  for $4.00 (US).




You don't need to have a PayPal or Ravelry account to purchase the pattern - you can use your credit/debit card. 


Happy Knitting! 
Natalia


6/10/13

A year of Babies (and baby blankets)

It seem like people around me are having babies this year: I have been to 2 baby showers already and anticipating  to be invited to 2 or 3 more before the year end.
And I am loving it! Would you like to know why?
It gives me an excuse to make those teeny-tiny baby items that are OH SO CUTE!
It also gives me a chance to design a present that would reflect baby mother's personality and likes.
So, let me share with you:

Darlene's Baby Blanket.
Darlene is passionate dancer and aerobics instructor and she is about to have a baby girl.
Her baby present had a blanket with an elegant and reversible moss-stitch diamond pattern and baby ballet slippers:


If you are interested in blanket pattern - stay tuned, I will be releasing it next week as a "Forever Diamonds Baby Blanket Pattern", the pattern for slippers is free here, courtesy of Saartje.


Amy's Baby Blanket.
Amy is a very intellectual and sophisticated Long Islander who was re-planted in VT. She appreciates finer things.  
The blanket for her baby boy  was done in a mint-green color and has a very intricate pattern all over. I made a matching hat to go with the present.


The next one is Gina and her second baby - oh! I am already planning for that one!

Happy Knitting everyone!
Natalia