My littlest niece just celebrated her first birthday, and I wanted to make her something special. She was born just weeks after my baby, and being in my own little baby/new motherhood world, I never got the chance to make her a blanket like I intended. So, I recently rectified that by knitting up this small, soft blanket for her, since she likes baby-sized things to cuddle.
The pattern is very simple and just something I made up (no doubt influenced by the many washcloths I made while first learning to knit). My self-imposed requirement was that it be easy enough to put down at a moment's notice and be picked up again later without losing my place or having to count rows and such things.
Here's how I made it:
Makes an (approximately) 8 inch X 12 inch blankie
US 9 straight needles
Worsted weight yarn, less than a 50 gram ball, or two balls of different colors
Small crochet hook for weaving in ends
CO 64 stitches
Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat until end of row
Row 2: *P1, K1* repeat until end of row
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until border measures about 1 inch long, ending on a right side row
Next row after border: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, knit until last 6 stitches, then K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, knit until last 6 stitches, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Repeat the above two rows until blanket measures 7 inches.
(If you'd like to make it two-toned like I did, switch yarns after blanket measures 4 inches, and knit with this contrasting yarn for 3 inches)
After blanket measures 7 inches, repeat rows 1 and 2 for another inch to complete the border.
Bind off and weave in ends.