I seem to have a lot of babies to knit for lately! Another friend had her boy about 10 weeks ago and I finally finished a blanket for him. For this blanket I used 3 skeins of Lion's Brand "Nature's Choice" and a little bit of Noro Taiyo for the crocheted border. I was coveting this particular brown in Nature's Choice and was glad to have something to use it for and for some reason Joann's Fabric Store had it on clearance... I hope they're not going to discontinue this yarn. It's such a nice soft cotton that holds up really well to both washing & drying.
For the stitch pattern I picked one that was reversible and only had a 2 row repeat.
Row 1 will look like the image on the left and Row 2 the image on the right.
Always slip as if to purl.
If altering the pattern always use an odd number of stitches.
On Row 1 slip the first stitch with the yarn in back then bring the yarn between the needles to the front to work the first purl stitch like you would when working a regular rib.
Row 1: Sl 1, * P1, K1 *
Row 2: With yarn in front Sl 1, * Sl 1 wyif, P1 *
Repeat rows 1 & 2.
3 skeins Lion Brand's "Nature's Choice" organic cotton 103yds each. I used the color Espresso.
Scrap yarn for the border maybe between 10-20yds
#10.5 needle. I used a 24" circular
J crochet hook for border
Darning needle for finishing or use your hook.
Gauge: 3.5sts = 1" of above stitch pattern. I took the measurement on the Row 1 side
Finished measurements unblocked: 22.5" x 25.5"
I blocked it out to @23"x26"
Cast on 75sts and work the above stitch pattern until piece measures @25". Bind off.
I had a small ball of yarn left but I didn't want the blanket to look oblong.
With the J hook and the scrap yarn single crochet twice around blanket.
Weave in the ends and enjoy!