New baby; new knitting.

Waffles baby blanket | Wolves in LondonWhen I first started writing this blog, 3.5 years ago, the sproglet was just three months old and none of my siblings had any children.

In the time since, there’s been the arrival of another six babies in our family: my next sister down has had a son and a daughter, my brother a son, and, of course, I’ve had the littlest as well. And last month, my youngest sister had her very first baby, an unbelievably adorable little girl.

This is brilliant for all sorts of reasons. I’ve got lots of lovely nephews and nieces to enjoy, the sprogs have lots of cousins the same age as them for sprogging around with and, on top of all that, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to indulge my love of newborn knitting.

It’s turned into a bit of a tradition that I knit a blanket for the first born in each family (this grey one for my first nephew and this stripy one for my second). So I turned, once again, to that enjoyable pastime of browsing baby blanket patterns on Ravelry.

This time round I went for a solid coloured blanket in a waffle knit pattern. The appropriately named waffles blanket from Tin Can Knits.

Once again, I’m delighted with the finished result. It’s a lovely squishy blanket, that will be really soft and especially good for colder months. And though I do love to knit a lace pattern, I think it’s probably quite good that there are no holes for tiny fingers to get stuck in.

waffles baby blanket: hand knit blanket | Wolves in London

I gave it to my sister a few weeks ago, (erm, yes, quite a bit late, I’m ashamed to say) and she was delighted with it. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s a more pleasing present to give in the world than a hand-knitted item for a newborn.

NB, I’m sorry for the lack of decent photos here. I only finished blocking the blanket the morning of giving it away, so just grabbed a few quick ones while I could…

A few pattern notes for anyone interested in more info…

waffles baby blanket: hand knit blanket | Wolves in London

Pattern: Waffles from Nine months of knitting by Tin Can Knits. Download available for $6.

My Ravelry page is here: new baby blanket.

The pattern was straightforward and simple to follow. No need to re-read the pattern after the first repeat, and an easy, relatively quick knit. I didn’t alter it in any way and just kept going until the blanket looked about the size I was after.

After blocking, it stretched considerably, mostly width-ways, but more lengthways than I had anticipated as well.

Wool: I used a yarn that I’d tried before and knew lasted and washed well. (It’s essential to be able to wash a baby blanket in a washing machine, I think. The chances of it getting fairly frequently covered in either poo or sick are pretty high in those early months.) It’s the cashmerino aran by Debbie Bliss. Not the cheapest, at around £5 for 50g, but a really lovely wool that feels soft and wears well. I used a total of 5.5 skeins, so it cost me just under £30.

The colour is called “peacock” and it’s a lovely rich teal, which I thought was pleasingly gender-neutral when I chose it. Actually, after I’d knitted it up, I thought the blanket looked very blue, but my sister shares my opinions on the ridiculousness of gender stereotyping small babies, so she’s perfectly happy for her baby girl to be encased in a blueish blanket.

Now, what to put on my needles next?

Rainbow chevron baby blanket

Prepare yourself, gentle readers, for some photos of… …my favourite thing I’ve ever knit!

Whipped up in a mere few weeks of late-pregnancy knitting fever, I present to you this rainbow chevron baby blanket, a present for my brand new nephew.

Handknit chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

I dillied and dallied about what to make for him, knowing that he was due to arrive a few short weeks after my own latest baby and that, newborn in arm, I was unlikely to manage to get anything done, so I had to have this finished before my own babe appeared.

Luckily, the knitting haze descended and I was done in good time.

Chevron baby blanket | Wolves in London

The pattern is a free one, available on Ravelry, the chevron baby blanket from Espace Tricot blog. and the wool is Wendy merino DK.

And can I just say, I bloody love the end result! (I even prefer it to the blanket I made for the baby or the one I made for my other nephew…)

chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

I decided to make an abbreviated rainbow of red, yellow, green and blue, with a small line of cream in between each colour and I adore how it has turned out.

Chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

I heartily recommend the pattern. Very straightforward to follow, but definitely more interesting than a non chevron (fully garter stitch) version would have been to knit.

The construction is deeply pleasing to me, the decreases leading to the lovely triangular shape with little effort.

Chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

I didn’t make the ends too pointy with the blocking, but just let them gently curl as they were.

Chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

Now that it’s finished, I am sorely, sorely tempted to make a large version for myself as a bedspread…

Chevron rainbow blanket | Wolves in London

The only downside to the whole project was the tedious sewing in of ends. There were a lot to do.

Full project details, as ever, over on Ravelry: zig zag baby blanket.