With a month to go before the arrival of my newest nephew/niece, I bought a pair of 4mm knitting needles and hunted down just the right baby blanket pattern. The Purl Bee provided the most perfect of designs, complete with instructions, while I selected a range of soft, machine washable wools, inspired by Sydney's autumn ocean sunset.

Palm Beach, Sydney

This was as straightforward a knitting project as they come; garter stitch from start to finish. All you have to do is change colour every 20 ribs (every 40 rows). 40 rows, each with 130 stitches, is the maximum number of rows possible from a single 50g ball of 8ply wool with 4mm needles. Just so you know, and don't run out half a row before you finish a section, like I did.

When focused (frenzied knitting in an attempt to get it finished in time), I managed a colour a night; this gives you an idea of timescale if you want to have a go yourself.


Background artwork by Angela Keoghan for Frankie Magazine.