I finished the Valentine’s Day Heart Blanket this weekend. Baby blankets with a heart in the middle are so popular right now. I am have seen them on Pinterest, Etsy, and at local craft markets. They seem to be a hit everywhere.
Thick knits in a wool blend are always fun to block aren’t they? I am constantly amazed at how much water wool can absorb. I soaked the blanket in some wool wash, and then taking it out of the water was like wrestling with a clever amoeba. When I finally had enough water gently squeezed out I had to sandwich the amoeba between two gargantuan towels and stand on it for awhile to get it dry enough to lay flat.
If I were to knit this again I think I would go 100% merino. The yarn I chose has a bit too much lift for my liking for a baby blanket. Also, if attempting this pattern yourself I might take the width down a tad and use that yardage to make it longer. I am glad I attempted the pattern as written instead of using intarsia as others opted to as the technique was easy to learn and hopefully I will be able to attempt some fair isle in the future.
I do notice some white coming through the heart from the back, but not so much that it ruins the affect. I think you can see it a bit in the photo below (top right of the heart).
It would make a great floor blanket as it provides some serious cushion. I hope the baby enjoys it. 🙂