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Hugs and Kisses Blanket

Knitting
June 2007
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
14" x 20"

This blanket is designed to be a comfort to your little one from birth through toddlerhood and beyond. Babies have a sensitive sense of smell. It is one of the ways they are able to recognize their parents from birth. A mother’s amniotic fluid has the same scent as her skin, so a baby recognizes his mother right away. So, when a baby smells a parent nearby, they are comforted! Cotton yarn is known for its scent holding properties. This blanket uses a cotton/acrylic blend to keep the shape and to hold a parents’ scent.

The parent sleeps with the blanket for 3 nights so that it can absorb their unique scent. It’s important to not have the blanket positioned so that it would absorb perspiration, saliva, or other fluids. The blanket will hold the parents’ scent for up to a week. It can be placed in the baby’s crib or bassinet
to comfort the little ones as they sleep. I love using it for those nights when my son is restless. It keeps me from having to wake up so often to comfort him!

These blankets are especially helpful for when parents must be away. When a newborn is in the ICU or when a parent is away, this blanket can be used to bring the feeling of home a little closer for our babies.

A portion of the proceeds from this pattern will go to make blankets to be donated to deployed troops overseas so that their newborns will have the scent of their daddies and sense those “hugs and kisses” from far away.

The design uses mirrored cables on the edges. Each cable is an alternating “x” and “o” to symbolize the hugs and kisses. The center panel is an eyelet design. This pattern is rated intermediate because of the cables.

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