Sunday, July 8, 2012

a knitted baby cuddle blanket

My littlest niece just celebrated her first birthday, and I wanted to make her something special. She was born just weeks after my baby, and being in my own little baby/new motherhood world, I never got the chance to make her a blanket like I intended. So, I recently rectified that by knitting up this small, soft blanket for her, since she likes baby-sized things to cuddle.


The pattern is very simple and just something I made up (no doubt influenced by the many washcloths I made while first learning to knit). My self-imposed requirement was that it be easy enough to put down at a moment's notice and be picked up again later without losing my place or having to count rows and such things.


Here's how I made it:

Makes an (approximately) 8 inch X 12 inch blankie

Supplies:
US 9 straight needles
Worsted weight yarn, less than a 50 gram ball, or two balls of different colors 
Small crochet hook for weaving in ends

Pattern:

CO 64 stitches

Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat until end of row
Row 2: *P1, K1* repeat until end of row
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until border measures about 1 inch long, ending on a right side row

Next row after border: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, knit until last 6 stitches, then K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Next row: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, knit until last 6 stitches, then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Repeat the above two rows until blanket measures 7 inches.

(If you'd like to make it two-toned like I did, switch yarns after blanket measures 4 inches, and knit with this contrasting yarn for 3 inches)

After blanket measures 7 inches, repeat rows 1 and 2 for another inch to complete the border.

Bind off and weave in ends.

5 comments:

  1. What a lovely little project and gift Jaime! I bet it gets lots of cuddles!!

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  2. What a great idea for a comfort rug :)
    My sister is due to have a little boy next month and I am hoping to knit him a simple blanket too.
    x

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  3. So soft and sweet looking. Bet that babe'll love it.

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  4. Very sweet, love the colors! :)

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