I knitted this almost exactly as the instructions told me to. Modifications are my second nature, but I followed this almost to the very letter of the law. I changed the colors, but everyone changes the colors (right? Right?!!). And I skipped a pattern repeat because this seemed big enough for a little car seat blanket. Other than that, I stayed faithful to the instructions. Worsted weight yarn. Four colors. #8 needles. Weaving in all those ends.
The basket weave patterning is lovely. I think it might have been just as lovely in only one color, but it's a little late for that now. It's fine. I wove in my ends on a car trip, and now it's done and I survived. It's a lovely little lovey and I hope it's well-received and well-loved.
I had a great time making it. Car seat blankets are smaller than your standard baby blanket. You could wrap one around a small baby if you really needed to, but they're really made to cover up a little person in a car seat. You can't buckle a bundled up baby into a car seat, but throwing a blanket over some little legs to keep away cold or rain is still safe and wholesome and cozy. And since it's a smaller blanket, it knits up pretty quickly! It's a simple stitch pattern that's pretty easy to memorize and the finished product is delightful.
I love this little blanket. I love the look of the basket weave. I love the stripes. I love the garter stitch border. It's a great baby blanket, and a great pattern, and I know I'm going to make it again.