This is my first completed "real" project since I joined the group in February of this year. During all this time, I haven't done much of anything but knit and crochet (other than the necessary stuff like laundry and dishes), and oh my, my house and yard looks it! I hadn't picked up needle or hook in 30 years, so I began slowly with little projects and worked my way up to finally something that I'm happy with. Thankfully, I'm still in time for my friends' first baby.
I am amazed at how much I've learned this time around. Everything from needles, hooks, and yarn has changed in 30 years. And now there is the internet to access this group, where I have found kind and supportive words, along with invaluable suggestions for tools, techniques, and patterns. And there is YouTube, where I can actually watch the process in action! I also now have a binder full of patterns and a 'Yarn Stash' to call my very own!
This baby blanket is called Wave of Light and it is the perfect project that will provide a beginner with a beautiful result. I found the free pattern at https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com
. She also provides patterns for matching hat/bonnet and a cute little sweater. I have found that all pattern instructions are not created equal, and I am quite impressed with this woman's instructions. I found them to be well-written and easy to understand. She has even incorporated the stitches that will give you a beautiful smooth finished edge; a technique I was having difficulty following in the video instructions. It is actually so simple to do.
The hat is not from her pattern, and is something I kind of improvised from a baby bear bonnet I found on www.handylittleme.com
. It's a simple pattern, but because I wanted something a bit sturdier (and not scratchy for a newborn), I tried using different yarn. It came out okay, but no reason why ears can't be made and attached to just about any hat.
I like to watch TV while working, and found that I couldn't keep track of where I was in the pattern repeat (I guess at 70, it's no longer a simple task to walk and chew gum), so decided to make up an excel template that I could use to check off the rows as I finished. I am now doing this for most of my projects. I'm happy to share the template if anyone thinks it might be useful for them. Just send me a PM with your e-mail if you want it.