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Amirah Baby Blanket

Knitting
October 2010
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
500 - 1000 yards (457 - 914 m)
Half blanket is approximately 22in wide by 30in long (56cm by 76cm); Full blanket is approximately 31in wide by 40in long (79 by 101.5cm).
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Sometimes inspiration for baby blankets strikes in the oddest places. For me, the bus to the university offers a wealth of colors, textures, and patterns to choose from in design. The Amirah blanket started from two very different images: a stop sign, and a Persian carpet that I saw on the cover of a book. Both of these images had strong octagonal lines, a deep red color, and a connotation of pausing to be aware of the world.
This, paired with the impending birth of a friend’s daughter—Amirah, which means “princess” in Arabic—plus the addition of some Wild Cherry yarn, and this blanket was born.

The octagonal motif on one side becomes a trellis pattern on the other; this large scale image is repeated in a somewhat surprising way in miniature for the border. This blanket may look complex, but the repeats are simple and predictable; a fun knit and a fit treasure for the new royalty in your family.