Go to Ravelry.com and in the search box type in Purl Soho blankets. A number of them will pop up that may be of interest to you and your daughter.
Do you want a rectangle, triangle, circle, crescent, asymmetric, or butterfly shape? Once you decide on a shape then check Ravelry for a pattern you like that is easy to follow. By this I mean the design is on the public side and you purl on the back side. This way you only need to worry about the alphabet soup of letters making a pattern on one side of the shawl.
There are any number of books in the library about lace knitting and youtube is our friend when it comes to learning new things. I would really recommend learning how to read charts because this is easier than lots of words on a page where you can get lost trying to knit. A chart is a visual representation of what you are knitting. So much easier to see and understand on a graph.
I am about to tackle Churchmouse classic Diagonal Lace Scarf & Wrap but using their poncho version. My daughter wants a poncho and I already had the pattern. This is a very simple pattern of K, P, K2tog & YO. That's it.
My one major recommendation when doing lace work...find yourself a quiet room or a padded cell because you'll be talking to yourself as you knit. This is why I suggest a very simple pattern that you can almost memorize as you knit and why I recommend learning to read charts.
It's taken at least 4 weeks for the cortisone shots to relieve the pain in my thumbs and I've had arthritic thumbs for decades. Constant use does cause problems which is why doctors recommend hand rest. I wear thumb splints to bed and look like Wonder Woman ready to defend my honor against my husband. The orthopedic surgeon I see recommends a thumb brace by Push, found on Amazon for a somewhat hefty price, which helps to keep the base of the thumb joint supported by preventing over extension of the joint. I've watched the videos with people wearing this type of brace and they seem to be functioning normally, even knitting and cutting tomatoes. I'm thinking about these braces for day time use.
Since you are knitting for charity and babies, items will be washed multiple times. I like the Deborah Norville brand of yarn from JoAnn's and with multiple coupons, all with different bar codes, from JoAnn's, Michaels and Hobby Lobby, the price per skein is very, very good.
Butterfly style, shawlette, poncho style, shoulder cowl, shoulder shawl. Check Ravelry for various styles of shawls.
Charts are just boxes of symbols that represent words. K, P, K2tog, yo, ssk, ktbl. Each has a symbol and these symbols are combined to form a pattern.
I recently converted the following into a chart because there are too many words, so try this
2. *K3, K2tog, yo,*, rpt between**, end with K1
4. *K2, K2tog, yo, K1,* *rpt*, end with K1
6. *K1, K2tog, yo, K2*, *rpt*, end with K1
8. *K2tog, yo, K3*, *rpt*, K1
10. K4, *K2tog, YO, K3,* *rpt*, K2
This is so much easier in chart form because you are seeing a representation of each stitch on a graph and you can follow the pattern as it is taking shape. Google chart reading to see visuals and go to the library and find books that walk you through chart reading. You do need to have a quiet room or a padded cell as you talk to yourself. I too was afraid of charts until I found patterns that had designs on one side and purl on the back side.
I have used the Deborah Norville yarns and find them to be soft, anti-split, anti-pill, show great stitch definition, come in many colors, washes and dries well and with coupons from JoAnn's, Michaels and Hobby Lobby the price per skein is even better. For those who don't know, you can use one coupon per item at JoAnn's so long as the bar codes are different.
And as an add-on, use a lifeline on the last row of your work before you bind-off. Should you not like your bind-off, all your stitches are safe when you rip back.
Also, when using a lifeline and stitch markers, run the line through the stitches and the markers, then add new makers to the next row and carry on.
If you are considering doing afghans with only a US8/5mm needle then get a fixed circular. The ChiaoGoo red lace cables, to me, seem to be the best of the cables. However, the ChiaoGoo tips are more pointed than the Addi lace. More in line with the Signature stiletto tips, HiyaHiya sharps and Nova Platina. If you want more information, contact handsomefibers.com as I did and ask questions. I'm sticking with my Addi lace needles but their Rockets have the turbo slickness and the lace tips which make them ideal for some knitters.
If you are not a member of Ravelry, free to join, type in child's sweater and select an easy one. There will be free and for pay sweaters but you must decide if you want an all-in-one, top down, side-to-side or a sewn together pattern where each piece is made separately. Crazy as it sounds you may want to try Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket which is an all-in-one amoeba shaped design that when folded becomes a sweater. Check out her books from the library and Google and youtube Baby Surprise Jacket to see more information. Ravelry also has information as does this site under search as many of us have made this sweater.
AuntLondy, gauge is an approximation of what is supposed to happen. No two people who knit with the same yarn, the same needles will get the same gauge. A swatch is knit in stockinet and you really want to make a 6"x6" square to get an accurate 4"x4" measurement. Go to youtube, type in swatch and gauge and stitch count, etc and watch the videos to see how all of this is done. If you are making a scarf or blanket, gauge really doesn't matter. A sweater is another story. But different needles work differently with different yarns and unfortunately we don't know what needles are used by the manufacturer of the yarns to get the gauge they recommend.
All your questions can be easily answered on Google with pictures included to make your understanding easier; ie. full/whole stitch vs. half stitch when measuring.
Looks like ones, tens, hundreds and zero to the right of the colon.
After you have removed the bind-off row, run a llifeline through your stitches because you may not like the next bind-off or your next attempt to solve a problem. This way your stitches are safe and secure should you wish to rip out your work and start again.
Deborah Norville acrylic yarns from JoAnn's are exceptional; knit well, soft to the touch, doesn't pill, doesn't split, washes well, dries well, doesn't stretch out of shape and with multiple coupons from JoAnn's, Michaels and Hobby Lobby the price is even mores reasonable.
As for a blanket go to tincanknits on Ravelry and look for the Malt blanket. Also on Ravelry is the Caron basketweave afghan blanket. This is a different version of basketweave which I find more attractive than the standard ones we see. Both blankets are free. With the basket weave blanket I changed the stitch count of the squares to make them bigger and in this case size does matter. Instead of K10, P10, K20, I changed the count to K15, P15, K30. Worked like a charm.
Awww shucks! Now what do I do?