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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this project, you will knit or crochet a baby blanket! You get to chose the pattern. It must be at least 30 inches square and made of natural fibres. No plastic or toxic chemicals for the baby! Try to select a yarn that is easy to care for and can at least be machined washed. Prewashed merino and silk blends help keep the baby cozy. This one (Cascade Heritage Yarn) is extremely soft and machine washable. It is best to lay flat to dry, though. Cotton is also soft and easy to care for--it can go in the washer and drier--though it is not as warm. Babies poop and barf and spit up, so it's really helpful for the baby's caregiver to be able to easily wash the blanket!

Minimum requirements:
 - Blanket must be at least 30 inches by 30 inches
 - Blanket must include colorwork, cables, or other fancy stitches - not simply garter or stockinette stitch
 - Blanket must be made from natural fibers, such as wool, alpaca, silk, cotton, linen

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (<2 minutes):
-  Your ball or skein of yarn (if it is store-bought, show or link to the label)
-  Your blanket in progress with needle(s)
-  Your blanket next to a tape measure

Here's some free knit baby blanket patterns: All Free Knitting, over 100 patterns, Ideal Me, 25 patterns

Here's some free crochet baby blanket patterns: All Free Crochet, 50+ patterns, The Spruce Crafts, 15 patterns, Daisy Farm Crafts, 25 patterns
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This blanket was a work in progress over the course of approximately 15 months. Somewhere in there, my phone was smashed to smitherines and I lost the early progress pictures i had. I do have on of it at about halfway, and you can see I added about six inches to the size after that. Hopefully this is sufficient.

I used Cotton King yarn by Hobbii (probably my favorite yarn, I use it a lot) in the lovely colorway Imperial purple. Took 2 full rolls, worked opposite directions, using a 3.25 mm hook. Finished size is 36x36 in

Pattern is "Phoenix" by Hooked on Sunshine, designer Vanessa Smith. Pattern is free and very easy to follow even though it produces a complex and beautiful finish.

Blanket will be wrapped around new baby this coming March
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! What a gorgeous baby blanket. I LOVE the colors and design!

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