Basket Weave Baby Blanket / The Curse of the Baby Knitting

I believe that all babies should be knit for. As I told Ben yesterday, “It’s a fact of life.” Maybe it’s because it gives you something to do while you wait, whether you’re the mother or an onlooker. Or maybe because there’s nothing I love better than seeing a wee little one wrapped up in something that I spent so long pouring my love into.
Our neighbor is 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant. She was due yesterday and as far as I know has not given birth yet. I decided a few weeks ago, when I realized she was due soon, that this little one needed a blanket. So I cast on and then knit on it when I could. Her due date drew closer and closer and with it’s approach I knit faster and faster. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it. Now, I am afraid I doomed her and she is suffering from The Curse.
“The Curse” that says no baby will show up until handmade projects created for the wee one are complete. I have been a victim of The Curse. My mom-in-love didn’t finish a blanket for Duder until the day I went into labor.  There has been lots of other documentation from various places proving the existence of this curse as well. So when yesterday came and went, and I still had the blocking to complete, I was afraid it was my fault.
But now, I am done. It finished drying over night and it is ready to give to our neighbor. Now she can have her baby. 😉
Pattern: Basket weave Baby Blanket by Meg (pattern below)
Yarn: Lion Brand Jiffy in “Heather Blue” – 4.75 balls
Needles: US 10.5/6.5mm Susan Bates Circular
YTD Mileage: This project used 639 yards which brings me to 0.84 miles!
Here’s the pattern:
Basket Weave Baby Blanket
CO 120 sts.
Knit 14 rows in garter (knit all rows), ending with a WS row.
Section 1:
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: *k8, p8. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k8.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows total.
Section 2:
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: K8. *K8, p8. Repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k16.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 12 rows.
Keep alternating section 1 and 2 until desired length, ending with section 1 (so that it matches beginning). Work 14 rows garter stitch. Bind off. Weave in ends.

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