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My First Baby Blanket
By: Karla Umland
I am a prodigal knitter. My mother tried desperately to teach me when I was a child. She was a very accomplished knitter in her heyday. I barely grasped a basic knit and purl. I just never took to it and I cast my knitting aside until something made me want to knit again.

I decided to take a risk and knit a baby blanket. My local store had Lion Brand Homespun yarn in light pink and light yellow on sale. Soon after I discovered that a friend from college just adopted a baby girl. Now I know who will get the blanket.

I searched for an extremely easy pattern. Almost all were too hard for me. Then I found it. The pattern was billed as great for beginners. It used only one color and the one stitch that I know. I even read that this baby blanket is better than others because it “sticks” to the baby. It is knit on the diagonal (on the bias) and therefore interacts like a flannelgraph with the baby’s clothing. This is important for new parents. It is hard enough to get up during the night for feedings. This way they do not have to get up because the baby’s blanket slipped off and she is cold! The afghan was the Bias Baby Blanket located through the Pattern Finder.

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Diagonal Baby Blanket to knit or crochet

" YO" was the only obstacle. The translator key at the bottom of the pattern told me YO stands for " yarn over." I looked on Lion Brand’s FAQ and found an illustration and explanation of the symbol. I printed out the explanation and stared at the picture for a while. Then I picked up the knitting needles and stared at them for a while. Then I got it! I finished the project today. I don’t understand how or why, but it looks and feels like a baby blanket.

The cost of the blanket was very reasonable but it is made with love, and that is worth a lot. I can’t wait to start my next project. Good friends of ours are expecting a baby boy. Guess what he will be getting – in yellow!

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Authored by Karla Umland

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