I've had some trouble settling on a knitting project lately. Temperatures have been a lot hotter than usual around here, and I find that it really saps my motivation to do anything that has to sit on my lap. But, I can't sit there without anything to do, either! I decided on a baby blanket, since they're pretty quick and don't take up much lap space. I've had the Undercover pattern from Beata Jezek in my Ravelry library for a long time now, and I had a stash of Cherub Aran in Denim Blues that turned out to be perfect:
As I've mentioned before, I struggle a bit with variegated yarns. I often love the colors but hate how they look on certain projects, so I generally end up using them in blankets with a lot of stockinette, which can get boring to knit. Not so with this pattern! It has a really pretty lacy repeat that looks a little like leaves, but still shows off the yarn colors beautifully. It also knit up in only a few days, which satisfied my need for instant gratification.
And it's finished with a seed stitch border, also known as my favorite way to end a blanket, particularly a baby sized one - I'm pretty sure I can point to the influence of Debbie Bliss for that one :).
I did find the instructions to be slightly confusing at first, so I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner knitter. You'll need some experience to get started, but once you get the pattern established it's pretty easy sailing, and it's looks really gorgeous when it's done.
I'm not the only one who loves it, either...I took it outside for a photo shoot, and in the minute my back was turned, Zoey managed to steal it for a cuddle (excuse my shadow, it was too cute of a picture to pass up).
I definitely recommend this one, and Beata has a bunch of other really pretty patterns, so check them out if you're looking for a new project (or even if you're not!).