I wanted to knit something for my little man before he graduates to a big boy bed. Hopefully we are still a ways away from that, he shares a room with his brother who has a very tall bunk bed, and I’m not ready for the safety hazards coming with a toddler able to get out of bed by himself.
Freddie’s Blanket is an adorable pattern by Joanna Johnson in her children’s book, Freddie’s Blanket. The book has an adorable story about a young platypus who is learning to stay in bed. The illustrations are so full of character and life, and surprises hidden everywhere for children. The knitting patterns in the back are equally as charming; my favorites are Freddie’s Blanket, a toy Freddie and his sister May, and a baby envelope for swaddling. I have knit Freddie’s Blanket for a cousin before so I was excited to knit it again for my little man.
I used Knit Picks Comfy (a cotton-acrylic blend) in the colorways Ivory, Marlin, and Peapod. I ordered 12 balls of the ivory and 4 each of the other 2 colors. I ended up knitting 37 repeats of the beautiful plaid slipped-stitch pattern, though I had plenty of yarn left to probably do another 5 or 6. I love how the plaid pattern plays out in the knitting, it makes it go so much more quickly than a regular knit blanket for me and I didn’t get hot at all because of the cotton in the yarn. It did take an entire day to weave in all of the ends, but I have read of others simply encasing their ends in picking up the stitches for the border.
Charlie has loved his blankie since it was still on the needles. It was a common occurrence for him to see me working on it and crawl over to me, and snuggle right up to his blankie. It was almost as if he knew it was for him! He was so excited to be wrapped in it when it was finished and he has used it every night for bedtime since then. Sometimes we use it to play peekaboo or just snuggle on the couch, and I think he’s going to love it for a very long time.
Pattern: Freddie’s Blanket by Joanna Johnson
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Yarn: KnitPicks Comfy Worsted in ivory, marlin, and peapod
Needles: Knit Picks 5 and 7 interchangeables
Yardage used: 1,989 yards