Baby blanket with tumbling blocks

 For Christmas this year, we knew we wouldn't be seeing a lot of people with the pandemic and all, so despite not seeing much extended family on the plus side we didn't have too many presents to worry about ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ✔️๐Ÿ˜‰. We knew for sure we would visit Illinois to see my in-laws, get a chance to meet our new niece, and introduce Violet to her cousins. I had made our nephew a baby blanket for his 1-year birthday using a reversible knit and purl basket weave, see Teddy's Baby Blanket for the free pattern. So I figured I had to make a blanket for our niece with a goal of having it done by Christmas when we would see them. (Full disclosure, I didn't get it finished in time).

I have had my mind on these tumbling blocks for a long time, ever since I did a challenge square with the pattern. I love the three dimensional look and the fact that it is reversible. It's simple enough that it should knit very quickly and only knit and purl stitches make for relaxed knitting done while multitasking.

Yes, we've been watching a lot of Friends lately. I'm relating to episodes differently now that I'm older and we've had a baby. It's a great show to knit to honestly, and with this blanket I don't have to pay a whole lot of attention to what I'm doing and enjoy the show in the background. It's made for some feel-good evenings during these strange times we are going through.

I purchased yarn from KnitPicks during their fall sale and I deliberately bought this yarn for the blanket. I wanted a gender neutral yellow for baby, washable yarn, sport weight so I landed upon the Brava in custard (100% acrylic). Because I wanted some drape with the blanket, I'm using size US6 needles (the recommended needle size for this yarn is 3-5 so I'm sizing up) which I'm hoping also helps with knit time since this is a lighter weight yarn. What's most important though is the look, and it's perfect for baby! Smaller stitches, lighter weight blanket yet still very warm, lovely texture and soft squishy feel.

So as for these tumbling blocks, the original dimensions use a width of 10 stitches, five purls and five knits for the two sides of the block that repeats to make the pattern. I wanted to make the blocks bigger so I used a chart to draw up what the blocks would look like if they were a width of 14 stitches, seven purls and seven knits. It requires 28 rows to get the entire repeat of the pattern and overall it looks really nice. Decided upon a garder stitch boarder of about an inch, although my estimations were off so the bottom is not equal to the side, but it's a blanket so it doesn't really matter ๐Ÿ˜‚! I'll make those adjustments when I write up the pattern though because I'm a perfectionist... just too lazy to frog work for minor details in knits.

As you can see, I'm about a third of the way done and have used a little over one skein of yarn. Well I bought 8 because at the time I wasn't sure how many I needed and it was on sale... Looks like someone will have lots of matching knitwear in her future. Any ideas for other baby items to knit in sport weight? A hat, maybe some bloomers, a dress... one thing at a time.

While I don't have the pressure of Christmas any more, I'll continue to work on this blanket, along with other projects of course because I need variety (and I'm a knit-a-holic). I'll be working on the pattern for this while I make more progress on it. Other than minor adjustments with the border, I'm very happy with how it's shaping up! Stay tuned. Let me know what you think in the comments below!


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