News of a new arrival brings about a flurry of activity. In reality there is very little a newborn needs other than warmth and love and what better way to show that you care than to hand-knit a beautiful baby blanket.
From the first car journey to an outing in a buggy, a knitted blanket will accompany baby wherever they go. Laura Strutt has designed a teddy bear travel blanket that cleverly folds away into a pillow and a hooded wrap for keeping cozy in a sling. For the nursery there is a soft cot cover and a dungaree-style sleeping bag in breathable merino wool - perfect for a peaceful night's rest. For playtime, there's a cotton-backed blanket that can double up as a rug to take out and about and a tiny comforter blanket guaranteed to become baby's closest companion.
With stunning yarns, simple techniques and gorgeous designs there's sure to be a blanket here that will be treasured for years to come.
Laura Strutt is a former editor of Craft Business magazine, and launched Sew magazine, which she edited until 2012. She is interested in all kinds of crafts, and shares her expertise and her latest finds on her website, www.madepeachy.com. She is also the author of Arm and Finger Knitting, Modern Granny Square Crochet and More and Modern Crocheted Shawls & Wraps all published by CICO Books. Laura lives in Essex, with her husband.