FO: A Baby Girl Blanket

Happy Wednesday! How about a sweet finished object to get your day going?
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
My girlfriend is having her second baby, a little girl in March and her baby shower was last weekend. Her favorite color is purple and she told me a while ago that she loved the combination of lavender and mint so I knew that would be the color palette for this blanket. So I ordered up some Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky in Wisteria and Mint and I used the white I had in my stash from my striped Bermondsey cardigan and decided to make a chevron striped baby blanket from the free Purl Soho pattern.
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I knit her son a blanket a few years ago. For him her color palette was navy and green BUT she and her husband are from Baltimore and are Ravens season ticket holders so I asked her if she wanted his color scheme or if she wanted a Ravens blanket for him…she chose the Ravens color palette. Whey they brought him home from the hospital he had on a Ravens onesie, this blanket and a hat I knit to match. I love getting pics of babies wrapped up in my knits. It’s the absolute best.
Ryan's Ravens sweater
I also made him a Ravens inspired varsity sweater when he was one. So I already ordered the worsted weight of the same colors in baby sister’s blanket to make sure she gets a cardigan in the fall in her colors. Although I’m sure I’ll do some matching big brother baby sister sweaters again. I love those. Now back to her blanket.
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
I never measure my blankets, I always just knit until I think they’re a good length and can at least be folded over or draped over a shoulder. I knew I wanted this to be a quick knit so I purposefully picked bulky weight yarn and a pattern that I didn’t have to do any purling. I really hate purling. The Purl Soho pattern has some variations in how they do their chevrons but for me it’s more about how I lay out the pattern and the color. I wanted alternating blocks of mint and lavender.
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
And the best thing about a garter stitch blanket is that it’s super squishy and this yarn is super soft so it’s like wrapping a baby in a cloud. My girlfriend was so excited when she was opening her bag and she knew it was mine I thought she was going to toss out all the other stuff just to get to the bottom of the bag. LOL She was dying to see what pattern I chose and in the end, she was super happy with the finished blanket. I don’t have time to make baby blankets for everyone but for those that I do I always know they’re cherished.

Sweater Knitting: Swatching

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I only ever wrote one post in my sweater knitting series and decided it was time to bring that back and hopefully do more regularly scheduled posts about it since sweater knitting is my favorite and I still has so much more to learn. But today for this Friday I really have more of a question…
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How often do you swatch?

I will be the first to admit that I feel like swatching is such a pain, when I’m ready to go I want to get started but it’s a necessary evil. I don’t want to spend all my time knitting a sweater that ultimately doesn’t fit and I’ve had a couple of mishaps early on with ill fitting sweaters becaus¬†I just didn’t pay enough attention to knitting a gauge swatch or two to find the right needle for the project. And creating gauge swatches also lead me to consider using different weights of yarn and needle sizes to achieve gauge but get a different fabric. A perfect example is my Colorblocked Boyfriend Cardigan.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
The original pattern had a gauge of 16 x 22 stitches for a 4×4 inch gauge on size 8 needles. I got the same results using dk weight yarn and size 10 needles. It created a lighter fabric with a bit more drape to it which is exactly what I wanted. So do you always make a swatch before you get started on a large project? I’m curious to hear what you all do.

FO: A Sweet Little Sweater & Socks

My friends are having a baby boy in about a week or so and I missed their baby shower so I decided to whip up a little sweater for spring and some socks for baby Greyson.
For Greyson
Even though his name is Greyson I didn’t want to do all grey because that’s boring to me. So I went with pumpkin orange and charcoal grey trim for another Wee Sherlock sweater. Also I don’t like to cable that much so I omitted the cable down the middle with a simple garter stitch panel. It’s clean and simple and I like the look of it.
For Greyson
I really like this pattern for a different looking cardigan. I love the buttons going down the side inside of the middle. Although my pics make it look brown it’s more or a charcoal grey for the trim and the buttons. I was hoping that would give it a slightly masculine vibe but it’s pretty gender neutral no matter what. I also decided since Greyson will be born in late February/early March by the time he truly starts to fill this out it’ll be warm so I didn’t go with long sleeves. It’s a nice soft layer to add over any onesie he might be wearing that day or he can wear it as a shirt as it gets warmer. And I didn’t feel like making a hat so instead, I made socks!
For Greyson
I went with the Little Squirrel socks from TinCan Knits and each one took me an hour and a half to whip up for the newborn size. I was working with size 5 needles and worsted weight yarn (my favorite baby yarn, Caron Simply Soft. I will admit I was too lazy to do a kitchener stitch to close off the toe so I just did a 3 needle bind off and called it a day.
For Greyson
I had to stuff a little tissue paper inside of them to get them to fill out so you could actually see the shape of them. They’re so tiny! I can’t believe little baby feet will eventually be filling these. So there you have it, two super simple and quick knits to whip up over a weekend when you want to make something for a baby.