If you've read this blog at all in the past few months you know how much I've loved diving back into knitting. I've made a lot of scarves, a baby hat, and even kid leg warmers.
But since mid-December, I've been working on my biggest project yet. I have a cousin who is pregnant (and one who recently had her baby - more on that later!) and she is due at the end of March. She is one of the sweetest people I know - she's always had a friendly ear to listen to my fertility-related rants, she will randomly send me packages or a little Starbucks gift card to let me know she's thinking about me, and she shares my love for the handmade.
I knew I wanted to knit something for her daughter-to-be, and since I've become a little more comfortable with a few types of stitches I decided I would try to make a baby blanket. I didn't say anything to her about it, because at first I wasn't convinced I could actually pull it off. It was quite the learning experience.
The pattern I chose was pretty simple - only two kinds of stitches - knit and purl - and I chose grey for the blanket. (I love neutrals and let's be real, grey will hide things better so my cousin and her husband aren't constantly washing it!) I usually share pictures of what I'm knitting on instagram but my cousin follows me there so I couldn't share any of my progress without giving away the secret.
So below, how to make a baby blanket, Becky-style, in ten steps.
1. Cast on 148 stitches (one row), and be unimpressed by how tiny this looks.
visit your friend for some much needed no-knitting time.
7. Come back refreshed and consider your options: un-knit ten rows of stitches (which, at 148 stitches per row would mean un-doing over 1400 stitches), or leave it and know the end with the bigger border can be the bottom. Decide to leave it, finish the last row and step back to admire your hard work.
9. Brag to all your friends and show them pictures, before flying out for your cousin's baby shower to present it to her.
This is by far the coolest thing I've knitted - and it helped me get past my fear of making something other than just scarves and the occasional hat. Will I be picking up another labor intensive project again soon? Probably not. But do I have ideas in mind for things to do later? Absolutely.
Have you ever worked on a project where you could see the progress and felt accomplished at the end? How did you handle little setbacks along the way?