If you would rather not know how the magic happens, then skip the next paragraph
I began this blanket with a crocheted chain-stitch loop, then used straight needles to knit around the center, incorporating eleven yarn-overs to obtain the lace effect. As the project grew I switched to flexible circular needles, ending at last with special-ordered 60 long circular needles.
What a breathtaking shower gift this would make for your godchild, niece or nephew. Knit with TLC from 3 delicate strands of white, machine-washable boucle.