The minute we hit mid-August, my brain immediately switches into fall knitting mode. I think this is true for most knitters--as summer begins to wind down, we start to get excited about the cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the transition from linen and cotton fibers to all things warm and woolen.
My goal this season is to knit entirely from my stash, so when I decided to cast on my first fall project, I went straight for the gigantic pile of Knit Picks Brava Bulky, which has been patiently nestled into a wicker basket for almost a year now. Immediately, I knew that these moody shades of gray would become big, squishy baby blanket--perfect for keeping a little one warm during fall activities.
With as stressful as life has seemed lately, I decided to go back to basics and knit the entire blanket in row after row of meditative garter stitch. Not only did this amplify the squish-factor of the yarn, but the repetition of this classic stitch provided me with a few hours of much-needed therapy at the end of each day.
Normally, I'm not a knit-with-acrylic kind of girl, but when it comes to baby blankets, practicality is key. I tossed this right into the washing machine on a gentle cycle, then tumble dried it on low. Fresh out of the dryer, it was perfectly soft and toasty. The final knit is perfect for keeping your little one cozy and warm during afternoons filled with apple picking, pumpkin patch visits, hayrides, and nap time snuggles.
In the spirit of the season, I've gussied-up my notes into a complimentary knitting pattern for my fellow knitters. You can find it here, on Ravelry. While simple in nature, the result is a completely satisfying pile of bouncy goodness. Meet your new, dependable go-to:
- Pattern :: Fall Baby Blanket
- Yarn :: Knit Picks Brava Bulky | Main color: Cobblestone Heather (5 balls); Contrast color: Dove Heather (2 balls)
- Needles :: Size US 11 (24" circulars)
- Finished dimensions :: approximately 32.5" x 42.5"
Enjoy, and happy fall!