Matariki is Maori New Year, a time when the seven stars of Matariki (known as the Seven Sisters) can be seen clearly in the night sky. I knew right away that the aptly named ‘star stitch’ needed to become a soft warm baby blanket and I am so pleased with the result. The star stitch is not difficult to work and it creates a dense and warm fabric that has a lovely textured surface.
This blanket is knitted in two parts. First the center of the blanket is worked flat (back and forth on 2 needles) then the border is worked by picking up stitches all the way around the the blanket and working in the round. Increases are worked at the corners of the blanket border to stop the edges from pulling in. The blanket created is a small bassinet sized blanket that measures 25 inches x 30 inches once blocked.
One of my favourite things about working on The New Zealand Collection is that the models are my friends, colleagues, and family. They are people that are special to me and mine, and to spend time with them in this way was particularly rewarding. This delightful baby is Heidi, and her smile is just gorgeous! She giggled and clapped throughout the shoot and then, like the model-baby that she is, she went down for a nap without a fuss!
To make Matariki Blanket for a special baby of your own, or for someone else’s lucky little one, you can find the pattern here.
Fionadp on Ravelry made an absolutely gorgeous blanket with rainbow edging which can be seen here if you want some inspiration!