Finding the perfect gift for new parents can often be a challenge. Many times new parents have either already shopped for their babies, or they have other children and have many of the things they will need already in their homes. One perfect gift option in this case is the gift of a handmade knit baby blanket. By presenting the new parents with a handmade blanket you can show that you took the time to make something special with their baby in mind. The blanket will be appreciated and likely treasured for years to come.
With the recent popularity resurgence in knitting and crocheting, there are limitless options available for yarns and fibers which you can quickly and easily knit into an heirloom baby blanket. And, the best thing is that many of today’s yarns and fibers are dyed colors which lend themselves well to making a baby blanket. With the soft pinks, light blues, and mellow yellow yarns, you can be sure to match any nursery decorations the new parents may have done. Or you can create a wonderful unisex design appropriate for any baby regardless of their gender.
A handcrafted gift is one which can be passed down through generations and appreciated by everyone. It shows the receiver that you spent a lot of time and effort to make just the right gift for them. And, because of the time you have invested in the gift, it will be one of the best received.
When you are going to knit a blanket for a baby, there are a few important things which you need to keep in consideration as you find your pattern and buy your supplies. A few of them are:
Pattern Selection – You should choose a knit pattern which is tightly woven if the blanket will be used by a very young baby. Often designs with any open-work allow for the baby’s fingers or toes to get caught up in the blanket and cause discomfort. This is both a health and a safety risk.
Yarn Selection – When you are knitting an item for a baby you want to find a yarn or fiber which is both soft and machine washable. New parents are often too tired and over-extended to spend time hand washing items. And, because babies can be very messy, it is essential that anything they come into contact with can be successfully washed.
Blanket Color – If you know the color scheme of the nursery, or even the sex of the baby, you can better match your blanket colors to them. If not, use your imagination and create a wonderful unisex blanket.
Blanket Size – When you are knitting for a baby, your first inclination might be to make a very small blanket. However, babies grow very quickly into toddlers. And, babies move around a lot and require decently sized blankets to keep them covered up and warm. Your blanket will get much more use if you make it a bit larger than your first inclination to allow it to be used as baby grows.
No Beadwork – While beadwork is popular in today’s knitting and crocheting patterns, beads are never appropriate for a baby item. A baby can loosen them and they can become a choking hazard.
By keeping these simple considerations in mind, you can be well on your way to knitting a keepsake baby blanket which will be cherished for years to come. As with any baby gift, you want to insure that your blanket is safe and secure for the baby who will be using it. However, by using your imagination and creativity you can come up with the perfect and safe design for the new bundle of joy.