Kashti - My Rainbow
A little over a year ago I had a baby boy! This is the blanket I designed for him while I was pregnant - I was waiting for him to arrive to take photos and publish the pattern, but life happened and he's now a very active and noisy toddler! At the time I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl, so I designed this blanket to be unisex and brightly coloured as pastel baby colours aren't my thing. It can be easily customised for any baby by changing the colour of the stripes, you can even increase (or reduce) the width, and/or number of stripes for a whole new look. As it's knit from the center it's really easy to increase the size of the blanket - just knit the center bigger before adding the stripes.
Kashti is a great size for a baby blanket - it folds up nicely for the changing bag, fits nicely over a car seat for pram, and as your baby grows it makes a great play mat - it's even perfect for playing peek-a-boo!
I used Eden Cottage Yarns for this blanket because I love the bright colours that Victoria produces - perfect for my bright rainbow blanket - and the natural undyed Bowland yarn is a gorgeous cream colour. The Bowland DK is perfect as the Bluefaced Leicester wool is lovely and soft for a baby, but stands up well to wear.
The pattern is already up on Ravelry, Craftsy, Loveknitting, and it’s waiting for approval on Patternfish so it should be up within a couple of days. We're having (hopefully very) temporary issues with the pattern pages here on my website, but my husband (tame web designer) is working on fixing them asap! For the first few days (until 11.59 pm UK time on the 5th) you can get 50% off if you buy it from Ravelry or my website, so don’t wait too long!
Thanks to my awesome husband, the pattern pages are back up and working! Here's the link: http://www.lizcorke.com/pattern/280411/