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HeartStrings #A97 Elegantly Simple Baby Blanket »
InstructionsWith so much movement and design interest to this pattern stitch, its complex-looking structure is much easier to do than it looks. The pattern stitch is derived from the feather and fan family of Shetland lace patterns.
Type of item: Functional
Style: Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Classic, Traditional
I used Phildar Tweed d'Ete sport weight cotton/acrylic blend yarn for the pictured blanket. Your choice of any sport weight yarn appropriate for baby is encouraged; e.g. Caron Simply Soft Baby or Bernat Baby Coordinates.
What was your inspiration?
I love the pretty scalloped edges all around the blanket that this stitch pattern creates without any extra effort on my part.
What are you most proud of?
Of all the gifts given at a baby shower for my niece (and some of them were quite high-priced), this is the one that was oohed and aahed over the most. It really feels good when something made with my hands is appreciated so much.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Practice on just 30 or 45 stitches. There is just one yarn over pattern row, and the other 3 rows are just plain knit and purl. But on the pattern row, there are 2 stitch sequences that are a bit uncommon (they are the ones that give the stitch pattern it's distinctive texture and lovely sculpted lines. By practicing on the smaller sample, you can let you hands get into the rhythm and build your confidence before committing to a lot of stitches for a full-size baby blanket.