I've recently been asked by a great friend to crochet a baby blanket for them. They would be paying the yarn, so I asked them to find a pattern and buy the yarn. She's sent me a few patterns to check if they're all within my skills, and that's where the trouble starts: All the patterns she found had holes in it. I forgot to warn her about that.
Now, I've always heard that if you make anything for babies, it shouldn't have holes in it that they can tangle their tiny fingers or toes in, to avoid injuries similar to those of a hair tourniquet. I told my friend and so far she's been very understanding, and she's wanting to go with a 'no-holes' blanket if needed. But she's very in love with this pattern. The description I've found says it is to be a 'decorative blanket', but she really wants something similar for daily use and asked me if there isn't any way to make that safe for the future baby.
All I can come up with is putting fabric on one side of the blanket, I've done that a few times to make blankets with holes like that warmer. But I don't think it will make the blanket any safer: A baby can still get their fingers or toes tangled into the holes and get injured.
Has anyone here ever baby-proofed a blanket with holes like that? If so, how did you do it?