This is the perfect baby blanket for swaddling a newborn baby because the gathered bands give stretch to the knitting making it wrap and mold to your little one . The technique used is called ruching created by increasing and decreasing the amount of stitches. Increasing the number of stitches widens the fabric, whereas decreasing the number of stitches narrows it. The overall width of the piece stays the same, but in the areas where there are more stitches the fabric is wider, causing it to form rippled or gathered bands.
The yarn used to knit the blanket pictured was Rowan’s Purelife Organic Cotton. Rowan has developed a 100% organic, environmentally responsible yarn for the environmentally conscious consumer. Spun from cotton organically grown in India, the fiber is then naturally dyed in Italy without the use of chemicals. Natural dyeing allows the inherent softness & beauty of the cotton to shine through, giving the yarn a superb texture & marvelous stitch definition. The yarn and blanket have held up beautifully after many uses and washes it still looks like I just completed the project. It is a wonderful heirloom that my son will be able to pass down for generations. If you are interested in the pattern it can be found in Caroline Birkett’s book Hand Knits for the Home: 20+ designs for stylish interiors. Visit our online shop for special discounts.-B