Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 3)

Welcome back! If you haven’t seen the first two posts in this series, be sure to catch up first here, then here.

On this post, we’ll be continuing with the middle part of the blanket. As a reminder, this is a basket weave pattern.

  1. After you’ve knit 5, purled 5 for 8 rows, you’re going to switch the pattern.
  2. So, the 8th row in this pattern should be knit 5, purl 5, knit 5 purl 5.
  3. The 9th row should be purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5.
  4. 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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