My first experience knitting "lace" was challenging. Some of those instructions were complex and it was too easy to make a mistake ... but I eventually completed (after a few months) Marisa's Baby Blanket. The blanket is a bit "heavy" because I did not choose a baby or sport yarn. I used 11 balls of Filatura di Crosa 501 DK weight yarn in Dusky Rose with US7 (4.5mm) needles. I love this yarn, it became softer after I washed it. It is a superwash wool which means it can be thrown into the washer & dryer. Great stuff! I haven't measured the blanket; I'm guessing it is about 45" square.
Here is the lower edge of the blanket:
It was with this blanket that I realized how knitting is not very cost effective. I think most people assume that it is cheaper to knit stuff. The retail cost for this yarn would have been over $70. I managed to get it for $43. But anyone can get a store bought baby blanket for much less than this! However I would not have had the pleasure of knitting this blanket if I went that route. I have fond memories of knitting this blanket during a "mini vacation" in Carmel, CA in January. Marisa won't be able to use the blanket until she is 12 months old; I hope she will cherish it.
BTW, Grumperina was the one who suggested (on the Knitting Forum) that I check out the Filatura di Crosa 501 yarn that was sold on Elann. She has a great blog, Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot.
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 501 superwash wool, Dusky Rose color. 11 balls
Needles: 4.5 mm (US7)