After spending a bit of time with a couple of good friends and their adorable 3 month old, blue eyed baby, I was inspired to cast on for a baby blanket that I'd been thinking about designing for a while now. I could picture baby Shane's mother spreading this blanket out on the hard wood floor and laying him on it and then watching him giggle and wiggle with his little toys. I knew that I wanted to use my Yellow Label DK weight yarn, I knew that I wanted to incorporate stripes in an interesting way, and I knew that I wanted a garter stitch border. I also knew that I wanted to use a very "Tanis" palette.
A little bit of planning, a little bit of sketching, a week's worth of knitting, and I had this:
The Baby Shane Blanket! This blanket pattern is knit almost entirely in 1 piece with only 1 seem to sew at the end. It is now available as a free download, and there are also Baby Shane Blanket kits available in 8 fun colour palettes in the TFA shop. Happy knitting!
There are a couple of things about the Baby Shane Blanket that I am particularly fond of/proud of. I love that it's all knit in one piece. I love the garter stitch border and neat mitered corners. I love how the row of decreases creates a really neat diagonal line where the center panel meets the border.
And I love that the wrong side of the blanket looks almost just as neat as the right side because, when done carefully, the seams are all very tidy.
The Baby Shane Blanket Ravelry pattern page can be found here.