I didn't knit this blanket--my Nice Sister-In-Law made it for Little Miss--but it's so clever that I would feel I'm doing you a disservice if I didn't share.
It's made in cotton, which makes it perfect for our current will-it-or-won't-it warm-up today May weather.
And, not only that, it's really made to be made in cotton. Unlike many wool patterns that can be made in cotton (but are always kinda lacking thereafter) these sturdy little stitches actually look amazing in cotton yarn.
And and, because even nice cotton yarn is usually inexpensive, it's frugal to boot. Woo-hoo!
Nice Sister-In-Law advises that, if you make it, you should add ten stitches to the sides (in garter) for a border. Otherwise, the pattern looks easy-peasy--mostly just knitting and purling, with only one (very, very) simple lace pattern about every six rows.
I'm itching to make one myself, but I'm not sure when I'm going to have the excuse. Most of my baby-blanket-level friends are reasonably settled with their number of children--funny how fast that happened--so I may have to wait a bit, but I do have a some hope. (Is it bad to hope your friends have a child, just so you can make it a blanket? A little bad? Or a lot bad? Hm. Must ponder.)
Meanwhile, for the rest of you, definitely keep this one in your back pocket!
[And speaking of patterns to keep in your back pocket, this shawl that Ginny posted about today is lovely, too! I think I'm going to have a skien of sock yarn left after my current project and that may well be where it ends up.]