Striped baby blanket

September 2, 2010 § 2 Comments

I originally designed this blanket because I fell in love with the colors at the local big-box craft store. They are so cheerful and fun, and I really enjoyed working with this yarn, even though I generally prefer wool. However, many parents find wool to be intimidating to care for in addition to the baby’s care, so machine-washable and -dryable acrylic-cotton mixes are usually greatly appreciated.

To add more color to the blanket, I used two strands held together, alternating one color at a time, for variegated stripes. This is a really quick knit, and I hope you have as much fun making it as I did designing it!

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease 4-ply worsted-weight 50% cotton, 50% acrylic – 3.53 ounces/100grams – 207 yards/189 meters per skein

Colors: Pick any combination you like, here’s what I used. I only switched one color at a time (either an MC or an AC, never both at the same time).

Main colors:

  • 149 Stone (3 skeins)
  • 110 Lake (4 skeins)

Accent colors:

  • 195 Azalea (two skeins)
  • 194 Lime (two skeins)
  • 191 Violet (two skeins)
  • 152 Charcoal (one skein)

Needle: US 10.5 (6.5mm). I recommend using a circular needle (32″ or larger) to support the blanket, but do not join as you work.

Gauge: 6 rows and 3.5 stitches = 1″ in garter stitch (knit on both sides)

Size: approximately 32″ by 32″

Striped baby blanket

For this pattern, hold two strands of yarn throughout, following color patterning instructions below.

Cast on 4.
Row 1: k4
Row 2: k2, yo, k across row
Repeat Row 2 until the blanket’s edges are 32″ and the length from corner to corner (i.e. across the needle) is about 41″ across
Row 3: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k across row
Repeat Row 3 until 4 stitches remain on needle. Cast off. Work in yarn ends.

For the color patterning (as always, feel free to switch colors whenever you like!):

Row 1:  Cast on and knit with MC Stone and AC Lime.

Row 17: Continue knitting with MC stone, switch to AC Azalea.

Row 22: Switch MC to Lake, continue with AC Azalea.

Row 28: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 36: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Charcoal.

Row 39: Switch to MC Stone, continue with AC Charcoal.

Row 41: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Azalea.

Row 47: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Lime.

Row 55: Switch to MC Lake, continue with AC Lime.

Row 61: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 72: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Charcoal.

Row 75: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 80: Switch to MC Stone, continue with AC Azalea.

Row 88: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Violet.

Row 96: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Lime.

Row 102: Switch to MC Lake, continue with AC Lime.

Row 108: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 118: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Charcoal.

Row 123: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 132: Switch to MC Stone, continue with AC Violet.

Row 137: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Lime.

Row 149: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Azalea.

Row 157: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Charcoal.

Row 162: Switch to MC Lake, continue with AC Charcoal.

Row 166: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 175: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Lime.

Row 185: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Azalea.

Row 195: Switch to MC Stone, continue with AC Azalea.

Row 200: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Violet.

Row 211: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Charcoal.

Row 218: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Azalea.

Row 230: Continue with MC Stone, switch to AC Lime.

Row 238: Switch to MC Lake, continue with AC Lime.

Row 248: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Violet.

Row 257: Continue with MC Lake, switch to AC Azalea. Cast off using MC Lake and AC Azalea until 4 stitches remain on needle, cast off. Weave in all ends.

PS: If you like the elephant shown in the second picture, he’s Elmer the Elephant from the book Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

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