Changing a baby blanket knitting pattern
(Richmond, B C Canada)
I have started making the squares for this pattern and would like to make the squares only as the edge all the way around, and knitting a simple pattern in the middle.
I would like to know how to do this as making all the squares for the entire blanket will take forever and I'm afraid little toes and fingers might get caught in the pattern.
I love this pattern!
I am assuming that you are talking about the blanket with the leaf pattern? Each one of the leaf blocks is made up of 4 smaller blocks sewn together.
From memory (don't have my copy of the pattern handy) the large blanket is five of the larger blocks square, so to use the blocks as a border you would need to create 16 of the larger blocks which is 64 smaller blocks instead of 100.
All you would need to do is to make sure that the centre piece was the right size (the width and length of three of the larger blocks) and then sew the blocks together to form a border and attach it to the centre block.
Little toes and fingers getting caught in the pattern is always something care givers need to be mindful of, but providing you are careful with and around your bub, the risk is usually minimal.
And let's face it the value of this blanket is that is is a beautiful and decorative knitted blanket.
Most would use it at a bed or cot cover or a floor blanket for the baby to lay on rather than a wrap for a young baby. And as the child gets older this blanket offers an interesting tactile experience for them.