I've had this blanket on my mind for years. Ever since I saw the Super Easy Baby Blanket from the Purl Bee, I knew I'd be making my own for our little one. And once I knew she was a she it was fun to pick colors.
I ended up making mine bigger than the Purl Bee pattern. I struggled a bit to find the right size, but I knew that more than a swaddling blanket, I wanted something that I could lay on the ground and then stick her on top of when she can play but not move around too much. I also knew wanted something that will eventually be big enough for snuggling under and can be used for fort building. :)
In the end, mine turned out to be about 39x54 inches. I got to this size through a bit of trial and error (the finished blanket was the result of my third cast on).
I used Plymouth Yarn Encore worsted weight. I had purchased seven skeins, but ended up using just six. My yarn called for size 8 needles so that is what I went with. In order to be able to cast on 100 stitches (what I found to be the right size) I used circular needles (they hold a lot more stiches) but of course, did not knit in the round.
I knit the whole thing with the knit stitch (or garter stitch) and just keep going until I had about nine inches of each color. Once I knew the size was going to be right, this blanket was so easy. Knitting is by far my favorite television watching activity. The blanket is soft and cushion-y and I can't wait to see it with the baby girl on top.
Between this one and the gray and white striped, she's pretty set in the knit blanket department, but next up, I'll be making her a quilt. (Or two.)