Our brand new special edition magazine shows you how to make a precious baby blanket for the little bundle of joy in your life.

The designer and maker of the blanket, Melanie Porter, explains the thinking behind this timeless gift.

What made you decide on the motifs for the blanket like the car, the heart and the letters?

I love the graphic images in children’s book. Particularly the ‘a’ is for apple and ‘b’ is for boat letter books. The idea of translating some of these simple motifs into knit patterns really excited me. I firmly believe that cars and boats are as much for girls as boys.

Which wool did you use and why?

I absolutely love the Grisaille yarn for children’s items. As a mum, I know that when you have a new born one of the most important features of something like a baby blanket is the ability to wash it easily.

Why did you choose the colours that you did for the motifs?

I made the motifs for the blanket in simple unisex colours. The new-born days pass so quickly and this blanket will be a heirloom piece to pass on.

What do you think people love so much about a knitted baby blanket?

I think everyone who loves to knit is desperate to create something precious for a newborn. There is a sense of nostalgia connected to knitting in general, a sense of what we imagine was a simpler time when we were deeply connected to family. The hand-knitted cardigan or bonnet are also classic projects, but really we all dream about wrapping our tiny babies in a lovingly handmade blanket.

How long did it take you to make the blanket?

Ah I have to admit that it took me a lot longer than it should have done. Even people who knit for a living make mistakes and I made one right at the beginning and had to un-pick the whole thing. I would always advise allowing plenty of time for projects.

How did you come up with the idea for the design and how long did it take?

When I was about 13-years-old I made a sewn patchwork quilt with stencilled motifs and letters within each square. My daughter found it at my parents’ house and was using it for her dolls on the day I was asked to design an heirloom blanket. I had designed the blanket based on that quilt by the end of the day.

We hope you enjoy making the baby blanket as much as Melanie did and that it becomes an heirloom in your family that you can treasure.