Why is Lion Brand’s Bright Stripes Baby Afghan my favorite baby shower gift? Because it’s so quick and easy to make, and everyone loves the rainbow colors. I’ve made it four times and plan to make it again soon.
This photo is a detail of my completed “Rainbow Stripes Baby Blanket.” The pattern uses Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn, which is soft to the touch but a heavier weight than most baby yarn. You can substitute similar 4-weight yarns.
This blanket requires a size I-9 hook, so it doesn’t take anywhere near as long as most baby blankets I’ve made. The shell pattern is easy to memorize, which makes it a convenient project for travel, movie watching, or whenever you want to vary your rows but not have to concentrate too hard. I’ve made this blanket on car trips, an 8-day Catholic women’s retreat, and sitting outside in the sun during summer days off.
The pattern is free on the Lion Brand website, but you need to set up a log-in with an email address to have access to the pattern galleries. Once you’ve logged in, you can download and print patterns, and you can bookmark your favorites in your account for later.
This month I gave my fourth Bright Stripes blanket to one of my oldest friends for her baby girl. I’m going to start making another right away, because this is the perfect blanket to keep on hand for the next baby announcement!
(I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post, and the opinions and writing are my own.)