Heirloom baby blanket

Anzula baby blanket 1

I love how this project came out, but I have to admit it’s one of those where I was saying to myself, what were you thinking?! I saw the pattern on Purl Bee, and I love this particular yarn – Anzula Hand-Dyed For Better or Worsted (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon). However, when used alone, I thought it might not come out as soft and squishy as I’d like for a blanket, so I double-stranded it with Shibui Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk). I used 5 skeins of the Anzula in color Denim, and 3 skeins of the Shibui in color Storm – in the end, the cost was a whopping $220!

Anzula baby blanket 2

To add insult to injury, it felt like it took a really long time to knit – 1000 yards of Anzula overall, knit on US 10s (24” or 32” circular, to handle all of the stitches). I was able to get through only about half a skein a night, so it was at least a ten-day project. The blanket I ended up with is absolutely beautiful, but not even that big – the perfect size for a baby blanket, but I’m thinking it’s way too nice for a baby! Not exactly machine wash friendly, either. I think it’s going to be a lap blanket – and one that’s off-limits to the cats.

So, I love the yarn, the pattern, and the end result, but I’m not sure I can recommend this project given the time and money commitment that it represents.

Here’s the free pattern (in case you can’t find it on Purl Bee):

C/O 179 sts

Row 1: K3, *sl 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to end

Row 2: K1, *sl 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl wyif, K1

Repeats rows 1 and 2 – end w/ row 2

Bind off in K3, P1 rib: K2, slip first stitch over, k1, slip first stitch over, *p1, slip first stitch over, k1, slip first stitch over, k1, slip first stitch over, k1, slip first stitch over – repeat from * to end

Anzula baby blanket 3

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