I’m a knitter. One of the things that I most enjoy knitting are baby hats. Hand knit baby hats are a staple of my baby shower gift giving. In fact, I enjoy making them so much that I have a bit of a stash built up. One of the reasons that I enjoy making those little hats is that they are fairly quick, and fairly easy to customize with different colors, stripes, patters, etc. Yes, I have made a hat (or five) for Baby Nigl, but I wanted to make something that would take a little more time and energy, too. Baby blankets are one of those things that I feel like either seem like a boring, simple, pattern, or they seem super complicated. I searched Ravelry for patterns, and didn’t really find much that I really liked. Then, I looked through the Vintage Knits for Modern Babies book, and found a potential project: Wavy Cashmere Blanket. I still wasn’t sure it was easy enough for me to get done in time (note to self: next time maybe start knitting more than two months before baby is due) but I had some yarn that fit the project, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
The yarn that I used was Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Whisker and Lilac Mist, and Knit Picks Cotlin in Surf. I already had some of all of those yarns on hand, so even if the project didn’t end up working out, I hadn’t just gone out and bought a bunch of new expensive yarn for it. (Side note: I am a huge fan of Knit Picks yarn. Knit Picks Comfy Sport is what I use for baby hats pretty much all the time, and I really like how soft it is and the color variety – not to mention it is fairly inexpensive. The downside of course is that you have to order it online.)
Once I had gone through the pattern a few times, I knew it was a winner. The pattern is only 4 rows long, and really only one of those rows needs attention paid to. It was just the intensity of a project that I wanted.
For the first 3/4 of the blanket, I really enjoyed it and it seemed to go by pretty quickly. The last few rows though, seemed to last forever! I swear I measured the length of the blanket 5 times before it was actually close to what it was supposed to be.
I really like how it turned out though!