Cue excitement! I am done with the baby blanket! It's my largest knitting project to date. YAY!
I taught myself how to knit about a year ago, and I absolutely love it. It's a relatively easy skill to learn on your own, thanks to the numerous YouTube video tutorials out there.
I have been working on knitting a baby blanket for my future niece/nephew since the beginning of May.... although really, more like the beginning of June. To be totally honest, I had to restart a few times due to lost stitches that simply weren't recovered in time or just because I messed up the pattern.
My sister and her husband decided to be surprised and didn't find out the sex of the baby beforehand. And while I wouldn't really mind if a boy had a pink blanket or if a girl had a blue one, I decided to go with a soft cream color. This was also my first time ever doing a cable knit pattern. It was surprisingly a lot easier than I thought it would be - as with most things, it just came down to having the right tools. In this case, having a stitch holder (and yes, an actual stitch holder with a hook, not just using another needle) made a huge difference.
I am now happy to share that I have finally completed the baby blanket. Just in time too, as my sister is due pretty much any day now. I love the way it turned out and will definitely be using this pattern again. Here is the free pattern that I used for this baby blanket.