I finally made Ronan his baby blanket. I was going to make him one like his brother's but I was struggling to find the perfect fabric. In the time I spent searching, Ronan made it clear that he didn't want a satin edged baby blanket, he wanted a knit one. He fell in love with the chevron throw that was in the living room and has been sleeping with it for months. But now I get to put that back on the couch and he gets to snuggle up with his very own special mama knit blanket. I used the free Colorblock Bias Blanket pattern from Purl Bee and I couldn't be happier with the results. This was a super quick and easy knit and it would be an awesome way to use up leftover bits of yarn, in fact I might need to cast on another soon!
Ronan's middle name is Sky so the colors I chose were inspired by the heavens: the deep navy of the sky at twlight, the blue that appears just as the fog burns off, a golden streak of pure sunshine, inky black speckled with the silver of stars, and a comforting storm-cloud gray.
Here are the knitty gritty details:
Pattern: Colorblock Bias Blanket
Yarn: Red Heart Soft in Navy, Mid Blue, and Light Heather Gray. Lion Brand Heartland in Black Canyon. Vanna's Choice in Mustard.
Needles: US Size 10 (36" circular)
Finished Dimensions: 42" x 42"
Modifications: I skipped the tassels because, it's for a baby. I went with washable yarn because, it's for a baby. I used slightly larger needles for a squisher finish. And my color pattern was as follows: cast on with navy, knit until almost out of yarn, knit 10 rows of gold, knit blue until almost out of yarn, start decrease with black, knit until almost out of yarn, finish with gray.
I love the idea that the intention behind handmade items is big part of what makes them so special. I knit love into every stitch of this blanket and I think Ronan can feel it. It sure does make him happy, which in turn fills me right up to the brim with joy.
Here's to happy handmades!