I had visions of knitting a blanket for quite some time, but was overwhelmed by the thought of such a large project (given my short attention span and lack of knitting expertise). I searched high and low for a pattern that I thought would be manageable. I finally found one for a Rib Check Baby Blanket. It seemed pretty easy and was the only one I could find that didn't involve "knitting in the round." I bought 4 balls of Patons Beehive Baby Chunky Yarn in quicker clover and used US size 9 needles. My project was underway!
Despite the simplicity of this pattern, I soon realized that I was not going to be anywhere close to finishing the blanket before my friend's due date. In the mean time, however, I had found out that I was pregnant (and due 6 months later than said friend)... I decided to keep it for myself (well, for my future baby). Sorry Bridget!
As my due date approached, I began to fear that this blanket wouldn't even be completed in time for Jackson's arrival (and I knew no progress would be made once he was born). I needed to get serious! I dedicated a little time each night (while watching my favorite mindless TV shows, such as The Real Housewives and The Bachelor) to knitting away...and wouldn't you know it, after almost a year, I finished it!! It measures 22 inches by 29 inches. I can't wait to wrap my little baby boy in it!
Here is a close up of the pattern...