When I saw this blanket that Sarah made on the Bella Knitting Blog, I knew I had to make this. I was intrigued that the Muench Touch Me Yarn will shrink/felt to a velvety fabric and really wanted to try it. And besides, what baby wouldn't want a soft velvety blanket to snuggle up against? Yes, I am already spoiling my baby before it's born! This is going to be the blanket that I bring with me to the hospital when the times comes.It was very difficult to choose a color online and I couldn't locate any yarn stores in NYC that carried it. I love this green that Sarah used for her baby. Isn't it gorgeous? I ended up choosing a light silvery grey (I did not know the gender yet). I was not disappointed when it arrived in my mailbox. It's a very light silver and it was so soft. It was a bit difficult to knit with because it kept slipping off my fingers. The knitting turned out very loose because it's a chenille yarn. I don't have a before felting photo, but trust me, it wasn't very impressive looking.I threw it into the washing machine and ran it under a normal cycle in hot water. The Muench Touch Me Yarn is suppose to felt about 10%, but when I pulled it out, I got a dense piece of fabric the size of a place mat! I thought that I screwed up somehow, but threw it into the dryer and hoped for the best. Yes, drying it completely changed it. All the knitting tightened up so that you can see the basket weave pattern and the blanket was soft, velvety and drapey. Even after 1 hour in the dryer, it wasn't completely dry, so I let it air dry overnight.It's a very quick knit and took me about 1 week, spending a few hours on it each day.The scallop crochet edge is a cute touch and finishes off the blanket nicely. This blanket is small, it measures only 18" by 23" with the edging. I think that it would be good for a newborn. Sarah said that she likes to drape it over her baby's legs when he's in the stroller on a cool day or in the evening. It would be also useful in a car seat, too.I did notice that the color darkens after felting. The above photo shows the original color. After felting, you see the fabric is light and dark, depending on the lighting, just like real velvet.
Pattern: Simple Baby Blankie by Sarah of Bella Knitting
Yarn: 4 balls of Muench Touch Me Yarn in color #3625 Pearl White/Grey, 1 ball of Cascade Pima Tencel Yarn in color #0030 Natural. I bought all the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool.
Needles: KnitPicks Options US 9/5.50mm
Crochet Hook (for edging): US H8/5.00mm