I'm going to be an Auntie! YAY! For my little nephew (due in September), I have made this adorable blanket. I am so happy with how it turned out.
The pattern is a checkerboard of seed stitch and cabled "owls" in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease Cherry yarn. I really enjoy the yarn (even though I had to go get more yarn twice because I ran out), and I think it will be great for a baby. It's soft and machine-washable (double bonus).
Note to self: seed stitch + cables makes for a really, really intensive and time-consuming blanket. But totally worth it, in my opinion.
Here is the whole blanket (measures 35 inches x 36 inches). Sorry it's kind of hard to see!
And here is a little detail of the Owl cable pattern.
The baby shower is in a week, and I'm so excited to give this to my brother and SIL for their little guy on the way. I really think they are going to love it.