For my swatches, instead of obsessing over gauge (although that is always a priority!), I focused on playing with the color palette. Lucy's room is painted a pale greenish-blue, her rug is mutli-colored, and all of her furniture is white, so I had a lot of wiggle room in terms of color possibilities.
The first swatch I knit was in Breton and Ciel. I really love the bright, springy colors together and how neither are traditionally "baby".
For the second swatch, I wanted to continue with the idea of two colors in the same family, but on opposite ends of the spectrum, so I worked it up in Sangria and Flamingo. While I really like how festive the colors are, I don't think they work in the same way as the Breton and Ciel swatch does.
Finally, I went in a totally opposite direction, and turned to my true love: neutrals. The Natural and Flax here are so pretty and sophisticated, but possibly not as practical for a baby blanket as darker colors would be.
Pattern: Luma Baby Blanket by Antonia Shankland
Needles: US 6 (4 mm)
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" (10 cm).
My gauge is a little looser than that of the pattern, and while I like the feel and drape of the fabric, I do think it would benefit structurally if it was a bit tighter. For the actual blanket, I'll go down a needle size. I'm also not sure if I will be able to match the row gauge exactly, so I will block the blanket after knitting a few inches to check the row gauge and adjust the number of repeats worked if need be.
Now all I need to do is settle on my final colors! Decisions, decisions.....