Monday, July 17, 2017

hank's blankie

When I gift a handmade item, I hope that it is loved to pieces, literally. The ultimate compliment is, "I used it so often that it wore out." Achieving this is pretty difficult with baby items. They outgrow clothes so quickly, and they get lots of blankets which all compete to become The Blankie. (A child's selection of The Blankie seems random, but is actually based on a sophisticated ranking system taking into account: ease of throwing out the car seat/stroller/window, chewiness, drool saturation capacity, and imperviousness to stain remover. Number of hours spent lovingly handknitting said blanket is not considered.)

So, when my cousin Courtney mentioned that her daughter Kate still uses the blanket I made, and that she'd like one for her son Henry, I was thrilled! I ordered the same yarn I used for Mae's blanket, Garnstudio Drops Cotton Merino in the Denim colorway. I like the cotton/wool blend for warmth, softeness, and drape.

I used the Pine Forest Baby Blanket pattern, same as Kate's blanket, but added 2 pattern repeats to accommodate the thinner yarn and smaller needles while keeping approximately the same finished blanket dimensions. I completed 54 repeats and made far fewer mistakes than the last time I knit this pattern, thank goodness!

Happy belated first birthday, Hank! I hope you enjoy cuddling your new blanket!

Details on my Ravelry page.


  1. Awesome job! I love Hanky's blanky...
    Also, I totally relate to the frustration of handmade baby knits. Unless I want a quick knit for someone I am not super close to I now knit cardis or other items in the 2 yo size. They don't outgrow them too fast AND they've usually stopped drooling by then. Buttery fingers are still an issue though...
    This is tough.
    Happy summer!

    1. Knitting a 2 year old size is a great idea! The nice thing about baby knits is that they hardly take any yarn and knit up quickly... very budget friendly :)

  2. Very true... although when you're surrounded with pregnant women (I am a school teacher...) this can eat up all your knitting time! I am almost done with the last sleeve of my Same same but different (Ankestrick) which I started a year and a half ago! but in the meantime I've knit 7 LCR cuties, 5 baby sweaters or cardigans.And that's not counting accessories for my (4) brothers and sister.
    Oh well, I'm an old spinster anyway, so it would be depressing to knit only for myself!
    Wishing you a good day. I'm heading out for daily mass, I will keep your family in my prayers.