Big Bad Baby Blanket

I just finished The Big Bad Baby Blanket after working on it for several years. Yes, I said years. It was worth the wait. It is a beautiful, warm blanket that we all fight over. My little guy, though, knows it’s his and protests loudly if someone else has his blanket.

The pattern is by Lisa Shobhana and it comes from this book by Deb Stoller. I knitted it with two strands of Patons Classic Wool Merino in Denim Marl held together. I didn’t worry about gauge since it’s a blanket.

Big Bad Baby Blanket, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Deb Stoller, Lisa Shobhana, BBBB
It starts out with a wide seed stitch border. I know a lot of knitters hate switching back and forth between knit and purl, but I’m a Continental knitter, and apparently it’s easier to do for us. (I don’t know how to knit English style, so I’m just going on what I’ve heard!) The center of the blanket is four squares made up of a knit-purl pattern.

Big Bad Baby Blanket, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Deb Stoller, Lisa Shobhana
Here it is about half-finished. See how the knit stitches in the right block go up and down and the purl stitches in the left block go side to side?

Big Bad Baby Blanket, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Deb Stoller, Lisa Shobhana, BBBB
After knitting half the blanket, you switch the knit-purl pattern to a purl-knit on. It makes this really neat center. This is my favorite part of the blanket.

Big Bad Baby Blanket, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Deb Stoller, Lisa Shobhana, BBBB
This blanket is about impossible to photograph well. It’s big and the stitches create a funky illusion that confuses the camera. Anyway, this is as close as I can get to a full picture. At least you can get a sense of the interior pattern and size.

The boys and I attempted to block it while MacGyver was on a trip, but I quickly discovered that it was a two person grownup job. I got it blocked enough to make the interior look great, but the border needs some work. Hopefully we can get to that soon.

Big Bad Baby Blanket, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Deb Stoller, Lisa Shobhana, BBBB
And here’s the wee recipient of the BBBB. He’s pretending to be asleep. He loves it.

Do you have any recent projects (knitting or otherwise) to share? I’d love to hear about them!