What to make when your not expecting

I have officially entered into the point of life where others have decided to procreate. This is a good and bad thing. Good for my pile of knitting scraps, bad for my social life. No longer are the days when we can go straight from work to happy hour without having to think about whose turn it  is watching the little ones. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy children very much. They are cute and cuddly and when they get old enough they say some awfully funny things.

As for knitting scraps, baby items are the best! They are small, quick, and require just minimal yardage. If you are anything like me after about 2 major projects you are left with balls of yarn that are too little for a hat and not enough for something hilarious like a dog sweater for your labrador. So combine those leftover and get creative. Enter the Baby Burrito Blanket:

blanket                                   basket

This blanket is a simple crochet pattern of double crochet and triple crochet. The inside is a basic lilac and the outer edge is a variegated pattern with lilac, hunter green, light green and deep purple. Let me add a disclaimer that  I am by no means a “crocheter”. The evolution of this blanket came from the fact that I can not crochet in a square shape. So TADA! No longer do blankets have to be square!

I love this design for 2 major reasons.

1) It is so simple to make.

2) It is super unique and can be used for a multitude of functions (e.g., breast-feeding coverage, play mat, decor for the crib or rocking chair)

burrito

Here is how you fold to “burrito” your baby. It is just like at Chipotle! Fold both edges inward and then flip the bottom toward the top.

gift

Wrap it up and deliver. Expect a happy mommy and baby. Mission Accomplished!

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