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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We spent Saturday doing some shopping, and then I worked on Sunday. I was hoping to have time to sneak in a little nap today…but I was SO busy that it just didn’t happen. I guess this pregnant mama should probably go to bed a little earlier at night. 😆
I have 2 cousins having babies this July – one a baby boy and the other a baby girl. Of course I was going to make baby blankets as a gift! Baby blankets are my go-to baby gift. I’ve been crocheting for about 10 years now, so I’m pretty good at quickly figuring out how many chains to start with for a new blanket project. I’ve only been knitting for about 2 years, so that cast-on number for blankets is still a mystery to me. Unless I’m following a specific pattern, using exactly the same gauge, making exactly the same size blanket as the pattern…and I rarely am.
For baby boy, I knew I wanted to tackle the C2C crochet stitch – corner to corner. It’s been quite popular lately, and the first time I tried it I got all turned around and was most definitely not making the right shape, so I set it aside for months and didn’t try it again. It was time! You can check out my tutorial on the C2C crochet stitch here, along with some photos of the finished blanket. I got that stitch down, and I loved the finished results – I’ll definitely be using it again!
For baby girl, I knew I wanted a knitted blanket. I wanted stripes. I wanted it to be a fairly simple pattern because I didn’t have a lot of time to finish it. I started by choosing my colors, because that was the easy part – KnitPicks Brava Worsted yarn in Cream, Fairy Tale, and Coral. I hadn’t used KnitPicks yarn before, but had heard wonderful things about it, so I thought I’d give it a try. Then I started the great pattern hunt. Ravelry…Etsy…Pinterest. Nothing caught my eye and screamed “Make me!” Meanwhile, I finished baby boy’s blanket, and I was loving the diagonal striping. So I decided to mimic that with chunky stripes of color in simple garter stitch for baby girl’s blanket, and that meant a corner to corner design. BOOM! Blanket cast-on problem solved!
Using my soft KnitPicks Brava Worsted yarn in some be-a-utiful colors along with my Knitters Pride DREAMZ circular needles in size 5 with a 32″ cord length (you will want to adjust your needle size and cord length to the yarn/blanket size you’re making), I cast on a WHOPPING 5 stitches…and I was off to the races! Here’s the SUPER simple pattern for this blanket.
- Yarn of your choice – I used worsted weight and ended up using about 980 yards for a 36″x36″ blanket
- Circular knitting needles in the size to match your yarn’s recommendation with a cord length that’s just a little bit smaller than your finished project size
- Tapestry needle
- Cast on 5 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.
- Knit all stitches.
- Knit 3; yarn over; knit 2.
- Knit 3; yarn over; knit 3.
- Knit 3; yarn over; knit to end.
Repeat row 5 until your blanket measures the size you want. Then you’ll repeat the decrease row until you’re back down to just 5 stitches on the needle.
Decrease row – Knit 3; yarn over; knit 2 together; knit 2 together; knit to end.
Once you have 5 stitches on the needle again, bind off, cut yarn, weave in ends.
And that’s it! No casting on a million stitches, counting and re-counting them, knitting a few rows and realizing that you’ve cast on too many or not enough and starting ALL. OVER. AGAIN. I hope you have as much fun making ALL the blankets with this beautifully easy pattern. Be sure to send me your pictures – I love to see what colors you put together!
And, can we just take a minute to talk about how SQUISHY and SOFT and WONDERFUL garter stitch is? ❤️