Craft: Knitting & Embroidery
Materials: Cotton yarns, knitting needles, darning needle, thread, sewing needle
Pattern: Super Easy Baby Blanket by Purl Soho
I started this blanket what seems like ages ago. In reality it was no more than 1 and a half or 2 years. But it’s been sitting around for so long and my baby boy is already 1 now! Time, time. Where does it go? It seems so small for him now but it will still help keep him cozy.
It was quite an experience embroidering for the first time and in such a free styled way. Sometimes it’s fun to approach a project from the position of someone who has no formal education on the craft. It can be challenging to figure things out but it also creates an authentic, rustic and very individualized style that shows through in the finished piece. I think it can be difficult to find that unique sense of self-expression when you’re taught the “right” or traditional established ways of doing things. It can be more restraining than if you started a project out with only your creative ideas, energy and enthusiasm to guide you. I’m glad I had the opportunity to practice this type of free form crafting with this blanket.
In order to make it, I knitted the Super Easy Baby Blanket (a simple garter stitch colorblock blanket) in cotton yarns, embroidered as I pleased onto the blanket, then sewed quilt batting and cotton fabric backing to the knitted blanket using the whip stitch/overcast stitch. It’s thick and soft and squishy and it has very amateur embroidery and sewing, but I like it! And most importantly, it will help keep my son warm!