Thanks so much for tuning in to my posts thus far. I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my patterns and you’ve gotten better at knitting! In this post, I just wanted to give you a… More
On this post, we’ll be continuing with the middle part of the blanket. As a reminder, this is a basket weave pattern.
- After you’ve knit 5, purled 5 for 8 rows, you’re going to switch the pattern.
- So, the 8th row in this pattern should be knit 5, purl 5, knit 5 purl 5.
- The 9th row should be purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5.
- Continue doing this (8 rows of knitting 5 first, then 8 rows of purling 5 first) for the remainder of the baby blanket. Here are several measurements to help you pick how long to make your blanket:
The pattern I recommend with the 120 stitches casted on is the “receiving” – 40″ x 40. If you need more information on the basket weave, check out this video. Also, here’s a great video on counting stitches and rows if you lose track!
Make sure you check in for our fourth and final post on how to complete the baby blanket! Don’t worry if it feels like you’re not making progress. This is a huge project that takes a long time to complete, especially if you pick it up once a week (or less, like me!) But it’s a great way to return to some constant project that you know and love – and the results are stunning!
“When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about the child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.” – Luke 2:15-20
The birth of Jesus is such a beautiful story of humility. The God of the whole universe came to the earth in the poorest ways. He came through an unwed, poor virgin, in the chill of the night in Bethlehem, to be praised and known by simple shepherds.
Let us aim to be as humble as Jesus. Let our hearts sing always, “Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance now and always.” (Listen to Audrey Assad’s beautiful version of this song here). Merry Christmas!
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Welcome back! Let’s get back to our baby blanket! (If you haven’t started yet, be sure to check out this post)
- After you’ve completed 5 rows of the seed stitch (k, p, k, p, etc.), it’s time to start the body of the blanket.
- Seed stitch the first 5 stitches (you’ll always do this k, p, k, p, k!)
- Knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, until you have 5 stitches left on your left needle
- Seed stitch those last 5 stitches (k, p, k, p, k)
- That’s the first row! repeat that same process for the next four rows. Then check back for part 3 of this series.
“Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. While it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how [strong] the wind was, he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” -Matthew 14: 22-33
How often does the Lord call us out of the boat? How often do we follow His call? How often do we sink? How often does He look at us with nothing but pure love, saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
“I have you. I always have, I always will. Trusting in me is the most secure, safe, sure thing you can do. I know the plans I have for you, and I will never let harm come to you. Do not doubt in my plans. I love you.”
Jesus, we trust in you!
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Hey there! Get ready, this pattern is one of my absolute all-time favorites. It takes a while to complete, especially if you use smaller needles and yarn like I did the first time, but the result is gorgeous. We’ll be making a super sweet basket weave baby blanket!
My favorite sized needles to use for this pattern are size 8 (5.0 mm), but really any needles that fit your yarn will work. Make sure you don’t get too big, though, you want the pattern to show through nicely!
Just so you know, I’m using size US 8 (5.0 mm) needles, and Bernat’s Super Value 4-ply worsted yarn (389 m) in a pretty blue/white.
Basket Weave Baby Blanket
- Begin by casting on 120 stitches (I know it’s a lot, this project will take you a while! I’ve been working on mine on and off for about 2 years… not a quick one!)
- For the first 5 rows, you’ll be alternating purl and knit. So for the first row, k p k p k p k p, and so on.
- For the second row, you want your stitches to appear where they didn’t on the last row, and since you’re on the other side of the needle, you’re going to k p k p k p until you’ve finished that row.
- Continue in this way for 5 rows. This is the same pattern you will use for the entire outer edge of the blanket.
Here’s a link to a more basic baby blanket, if you want to try that. Also, our outer edge pattern is called “knit one purl one ribbing.” Check out this video if you want to watch someone do it real time! Be sure to check back for the rest of these blogs, to see how we’ll complete the baby blanket.
Do you ever feel exhausted? Just so drained that you can’t really explain what you’re feeling or thinking, you’re just done? I so get it, trust me, it’s finals week at my university.
The Lord, though, doesn’t want us to feel overwhelmed or burdened. In fact, He came that we might have life and have it to the full. That doesn’t mean in the next life only, but in this life as well. He came to set us free from stress and exhaustion. He wants to secure a life here, on earth, of joy. I love what he tells us in Matthew:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
He wants to restore! He comes bringing hope, and a future. One that is not of fear or exhaustion, but of rest and repose in His arms. Trust in Him, and lean not on your own understanding. Run to Him!
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Welcome back! In this post, we’ll complete the sweater you’ve been working on. Get ready! It’s going to be so cute.
- Take the knitted rectangle you’ve completed, and fold it like so:
- Sew along the bases of the triangles (where the red stitch is in the picture above).
- DO NOT forget to block your knitting!
That’s it! You did it! a super cozy shrug for the colder days. I love this because it’s such a special gift, and praying while making this can be so meaningful. Imagine getting a sweater from someone you love, saying they prayed for you while they made it! Every time they wear it, it’s like wrapping themselves in the love of the Father (and you!)
I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Here are a few tips and a refresher on blocking. Check back soon, and we’ll be learning how to make a super cute baby blanket!
I absolutely love Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. She is an individual in the Bible that I learned so much from, and as a reflection of her response to Mary’s good news, I have changed the way I encounter my sisters in Christ.
“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed – that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” -Luke 1:39-45
What a gift it is to have someone to rejoice in! When I encounter my sisters, and they have somehting bringing them such deep joy, it is so beautiful to rejoice with them, for their life, and for the things the Lord has given them. There is no room for jealousy or hatred, only joy. I keep this phrase in the back of my mind, greeting all whom I know with the line, “And how does this happen to me, that the daughter/son of my Lord should come to me?“
Hi there! Welcome back. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the rest of the knitting to make the shrug. If you haven’t started it yet, check out this post to begin.
Cozy Shrug (pt. 2)
- Knit one row
- Purl the next
- Continue in this fashion for 40 rows. It will be as long in the back as it is when it’s on your needles, so make sure it’s as long as you want it! If you want a really long, slouchy shrug, continue to knit more, until it’s the length you desire.
- Cast off of your needles (it should be just one long rectangle. In the next blog, we’ll be forming the shrug!)
Just keep knitting, just keep knitting! You’re almost there. Don’t get lazy or bored, remember to meditate and pray while knitting. I love to sit in our chapel on campus and pray for the person I’m knitting for. Being there helps me to focus on them. I hope you are doing well and enjoying the idea of knitting and praying!
If you want to see a more advanced version of a similar knitting pattern, check out this video.
I have looked up to so many women in my life. From family members, to friends from high school and college, to youth group friends, to fellow counselors from camp, I have learned so much about what it means to be a woman of God to those around you.
To be filled with grace is to imitate our Mother Mary. She took everything Christ said or did in His life, and held it in her heart. She desired so deeply to obey Him, to trust Him, and give everything she had to Him.
Let us be more like her.
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” -Luke 2:19 & 2:51
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Hey there! Get ready to get super cozy in our next pattern. We’re making a super warm shrug! Don’t get too worried. This pattern is actually really simple, so quick, and a great gift! I’m adapting a pattern found here.
For this shrug, you’ll need:
- Really thick wool yarn. These look good to me:
- Size 19 circular needles (same technique as regular needles but they’re connected!)
Let’s get started!
- Cast on 60 stitches.
- Knit the first row
- Purl the second row
Check the next post to see how we finish this shrug! And don’t be overwhelmed, especially if this is one of your first projects. It’s much easier to work with big needles and big yarn, and it’s only purling and knitting, I promise! See you soon!
(If you want to see this explained real time, here is a video explaining a similar shrug.)
I absolutely love what the Bible has to say about women. How we are considered the “crown of creation” – once women were created, the earth was finished, and God stated for the final time, “it is very good.” I love how the vessel chosen to bring the God of the Universe into the world was a woman, beautiful mother Mary. I love how Mary and Elizabeth met each other with joy, rather than jealousy, when they both had wonderful things happening to them. I really love Proverbs 31.
“Who can find a woman of worth? Far beyond jewels is her value…
She brings him profit, not loss, all the days of her life.
She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands…
She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.
She is not concerned for her household when it snows – all her charges are doubly clothed…
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom; kindly instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband, too, praises her:
“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Did you catch that little bolded part? “She weaves with skillful hands.”I believe the Lord meant that she is able to do everything (not just weaving), with grace. But, I like to imagine that He smiles down on her as she weaves (or knits) for her loved ones.
I love the confidence that she exhudes. Her heart is abundant with Jesus’s grace to the point of “laughing at the days to come.” She trusts in the Lord so fully, that there is no fear, there is no doubt, there is simply joy. That’s the woman I want to be.
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Welcome back! On this post, we’re going to learn how to finish the super simple headwarmer that we started on the last post. If you haven’t done the first part, head over here!
Something I love to do to add to my headwarmers is to stitch a little cross into them. It’s not difficult, but it adds a sweet little touch that is perfect for your Christian friends! Even better, it’s reversible, so if they don’t want the cross out sometimes, they can just flip it, and it’s a plain headwarmer!
Here’s the instructions for the cross pattern:
- Knit up to the point you want the cross to be. Just like the infinity scarf, you’ll be sewing the two ends together, so that should be on the middle of the back of the head. If you want the cross to be in the middle of the head, knit to about half an inch from halfway around the head (without stretching it), and begin the cross pattern. If you want it to one side, use the same measurements.
- Note that this is for a headwarmer with 12 stitches per row – you may have to mess around with yours to see what looks best for your headwarmer, or simply knit down to the middle 12 stitches, leaving a larger area above and below the cross.
- When you are ready to begin the cross, knit 4 stitches, purl 2 stitches, and knit the remaining 6 stitches.
- The next row are flipped, so knit them all.
- On the next row, knit two, purl 8, and knit 2.
- Again, the next row is flipped, so knit them all.
- On the next row, knit 4, purl 2, knit 6.
- One more time, knit all stitches, as they are flipped.
- That’s it! Continue knitting the rest of your headwarmer.
Finishing your headwarmer:
- In order to make sure there’s stretch to your completed work, so it doesn’t slide off easily, make sure you knit about an inch less than the person’s head measurements.
- Cast off and sew the ends together using a yarn needle.
- Don’t forget to block, especially if you made a cross!
I have been reflecting so much on the story of Christ asking Peter if he loves Him in John’s Gospel. Honestly, I relate to Peter so so so much. Yes, Christ, I love you! You know I love you!! But do I really mean it? Actions speak so much louder than words.
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed than he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” …And when He had said this, He said to him, “Follow me.” –John 21:15-19
The Lord of the Universe desires that I, a little, tiny, sinful, incapable child, serve Him and His kingdom. Christ wants me to love for Him. He so badly desires to feed his lambs, and to tend his sheep through me. That is amazing and beautiful and terrifying, and good. Because all that matters is that I love him. If I love Him, I am capable of allowing His love to flow through me, to feed His lambs, and tend His sheep. In fact, it isn’t me at all. It’s Jesus.
“He must increase. I must decrease.” –John 3:30
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