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I really enjoy working in a yarn shop again. It’s hard to call it work. My role is really to just teach and chat about knitting. Not a bad gig if you can get it.
I drive from Tahoe down to Reno a few days a week for walk-in help and scheduled classes. Since about half the customers to Jimmy Beans are visitors to Reno, I’m always meeting new knitters. I’ve even met a few of you and it makes my day when someone comes in saying they read the blog.
One of the things I’ve noticed is there seems to be a never ending need to knit baby blankets. That’s a good thing, what better occasion to knit a thoughtful gift?
Thank goodness there are so many new washable yarns in lovely colors these days. It ups the odds that all your hard work won’t end up as a mangy blob useful only as a cat bed.
Customers are generally looking for blankets that are easy to knit but not boring. I like smaller blankets for this reason, they work up quickly and are easy to tuck into car seats and strollers.
One of my favorite ways to use the Showy Decrease is with garter stitch. As I have mentioned before, this is a big change for me. I was no fan of garter previously, but the dramatic contrast of the strong Showy Decrease vertical and horizontal lines of garter really appeal to me.
This contrast especially apparent with stripes. Here are two examples of how I’ve used this idea before. The Zephyr Cove scarf, on the right, really plays up the concept with variable width stripes and strongly contrasting colors.
The Cassini Shawl (named for the orbiter circling Saturn) may very well be my very favorite design to date. Here the perpendicular lines are bent into a curve – it’s a very dramatic look.
The Smart-Baby Blanket
I am always explaining to non-knitters that knitting is all about math. This is especially true when you’re a designer and playing with proportions, yardage, stitch pattern repeats and sizing.
And so it should come as no surprise that this blanket is based on numbers … the Fibonacci sequence to be specific.
You know, the series of numbers that’s created when you add 2 consecutive numbers to get the third; 1 plus 2 is 3, 2 plus 3 is 5, 3 plus 5 is 8 and so on and so forth.
It’s the basis for the Golden Ratio and often seen in nature. Flower petals and shells are two common examples. There’s also anatomy, art and architecture but think bigger, hurricanes and spiral galaxies are two more examples.
If listening to music makes you baby smarter before it’s born, then wrapping your little bundle up in this blanket will have them absorbing math concepts before they even head off to school. It’s a theory anyway.
The Smart-Baby Blanket is versatile.
Play a little, pick bold bright colors or classic neutrals, consider different contrasting colors for every stripe. You can also be flexible on gauge for different size blankets.
I wish I had time to knit another one. I have plenty of yarn and color ideas bouncing around in my brain, but it’s off to new projects.
I’ve got more techniques and patterns to announce and it might just be that the Showy Garter concept highlighted in this project will make another appearance (soon) in an even more interesting way!
What’s up with the Smart-Baby vs. Smart Baby blanket Laura?
Well, this might be a smart blanket to knit but this is all about the baby so it’s a Smart-Baby blanket! Sorry, it’s the grammar nerd in me
Download the Free Smart-Baby Blanket pattern on Ravelry now.
The pattern is free on Ravelry so go ahead and add it to your stack of ‘go to’ projects. You’ll be able to quickly knit up fabulous well-appreciated gifts for every new parent on your list.