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Preparing for a new baby is very exciting. So many things to consider for this new little person, especially if this bundle is a first child. The baby layette is boundless, but many items can be made by your own hand, or by knitters in your family or among your friends.
If you don't knit but know others who will, hopefully they will coordinate their efforts as to color and design, whether for girl or boy, or unisex. This article provides an easy baby blanket knitting pattern.
If you don't know the sex of the expected baby, neutral colors, greens, yellows, multi-colors are a safe choice. Ask the new mom what the color theme for the nursery is and mix in the colors and design scheme for your project. Many modern moms are choosing earth tones, dark, bright, non-traditional colors for baby sweaters and blankets these days, some still prefer traditional pastels. So your color choice can be as varied as the colors of the rainbow.
A carriage size blanket is a great choice to knit. Many can be knit with bulky yarn and take no time to finish. Here's an easy pattern with finished measurement, 26" by 30". This blanket can also be used as a crib blanket.
Bulky weight, 2-3 skeins, depending on yardage, wool blend or cotton
Size 10.5 or 11 needle
Gauge doesn't really matter here.
This blanket has a base color of light blue, which was combined with navy for one row of blocks and a darker sea blue for a 2 rows of blocks, with the solid light blue blocks in between.
1. Cast on 81 st, knit 6 rows in garter stitch. Next row: right side, K3 *K15, P15* twice, ending K18. Next row: Wrong side, K3, *P15, K15* twice, ending P15, K3. Continue with these two rows to form square blocks for 18 rows TOTAL block.
2. Second block section, you will reverse the block pattern, keeping 3st garter stitch edge. First row: K3, *P15, K15* twice, ending P15, K3. Row 2: K3 *K15, P15* twice, ending K18. After knitting the 18 rows of this block, continue blanket with first block instructions, then second block again, until you have 7 sections of blocked pattern.
3. Right side: Work 6 rows of garter stitch edging to complete. Bind off with stretchy cast off: purl two together, then place the stitch back on the lefthand needle and continue purling together, placing stitch back on the lefthand needle.