Ever since Melissa mentioned that the Women’s Shelter was using Army blankets to wrap babies in, I’ve had knitted and crocheted blankets on my mind. Here are some ideas if you’d like to make some for these children in need.
Use your stash and books you probably have already
(What? A yarn store blog is telling you to use what you have? Absolutely. We love stash busting. Besides, if you use what you have, you can allow yourself to buy more. See how this works?)
For example, I have a toddler sweater quantity of a washable wool/acrylic blend I’d earmarked for an aran sweater for my son. Let’s face it, I don’t knit fast enough to finish an aran sweater before he’s going to outgrow it. I know you have stash yarn like this too! So this yarn deserves to be a blanket for someone who needs it. I’m going either look in my Barbara Walkers for a new stitch pattern to try, or turn to a tried and true pattern I’ve made before, the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch and Bitch.
If you don’t have a large enough quantity of one color, get out your copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting (or come in this weekend and buy a copy because books are 25% off then and you need this book, trust me) and start Log Cabin-ing or cranking out mitered squares. Look at the Mason-Dixon blog (and click on the Mason-Dixon KAL blog link while you’re there) for ideas on how to vary the patterns. Do you have a ton of sock yarn scraps? Again, start Log Cabin-ing! This is also a great excuse to get “just a few more skeins” of sock yarn to unify the color scheme.
Are you a member of a knitting group? Get each person to knit or crochet a square and then get the weirdo who enjoys finishing work kindest, most talented and generous member of the group to sew them together.
Find a Free Pattern
Bunny Blanket Buddy: I can see myself going to town on this one in Berroco Comfort Chunky; this one is available for both knitters and crocheters.
OpArt from Knitty: how cool is this one?
Organic Baby Wrapper: and it doesn’t have to be organic, of course.
Hoover Blanket: a good one to try if you are curious about double knitting and/or into historical reproductions.
Pinwheel Blanket: the knitlist classic lives on.
Coming soon: more ideas for crochet patterns.