I thought I was making this blanket for my sister.
But the more time I spent with it, the more I realized it wasn't for my sister and her little boy.
I'm not sure why, but this just isn't for my sister. Which means I can talk about it!
I cast on the Blue and White Striped Blanket from Knit in a Day for Baby one Saturday morning and was nearly halfway through with it by the end of the day. The pattern calls for just blue and white yarn, but I didn't have enough quantities of both. What I did have, however, were several odds and ends of partial skeins.
So I added some warm, speckled brown yarn and some bright green yarn and this is turning into a nice little blanket for a nice little boy.
I used navy yarn instead of the light blue because that's what I had on hand, and I liked the idea of a blanket with navy stripes. This little boy is due in February, and that seems like a Serious Winter Month to me. So I wanted a Serious Winter Blanket instead of the original's spring-timey feel with the pastels.
There is one disadvantage to all these stripes, though.
Ends! I'm going to be weaving in so many ends! If you stick with the two-color version, you can just carry your yarn a bit and you'll be fine. And that's what I did with the navy yarn. But the rest of it...well, I'm going to need some good television to get me through weaving in these ends. It's just not something I enjoy. But I'm going to need to finish it soon because I'm looking forward to the next phase of knitting this chunky and cheerful blanket.
After knitting your first few rows, you place 4 stitches on either side of your work on holders. Then you pick them back up and......
You start knitting a little garter stitch border for the sides! I don't know how much I'm looking forward to sewing this border on (I am vehemently anti-sewing of any kind these days. I don't know why!), but I like this solid border.
I had considered leaving those border stitches on my needles and just knitting in garter stitch with whatever color the stripe was using, but then I changed my mind. I really like that there will be a solidly garter-stitchy border all the way around the blanket. I really like how it looks so far.
And I can't wait to see it all finished, with a loved little baby all wrapped up in it.