Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Soft as Velvet Baby Blankie
I adore this blankie. its knitted in Sirdar Snowflake, alternative yarns suggest Peter Pan Darling, or other velvety chenille type dk yarn.
I used 1 50g ball of a rainbow mix, and 3 lilac. 1 set 4mm circular needles and 1 set spare straight needles. I am posting the original pattern. This will make a small car seat size blankie. I am donating my first one, the prototype pictured here to the local SCBU, as think it will go down well there, being so incredibly soft and snuggly. To make the larger cot size ... simply double all instructions! Simples :D
Cast on 100 stitches in rainbow colour.
Working garter stitch throughout, knit 40 rows.
Next row, knit 10, break yarn, leave these 10 stitches on a stitch holder. Continue in lilac yarn til last 10 stitches, slip last 10 stitches onto stitch holder (tip here, I use nappy/diaper or large safety pins rather than stitch holders, as they are smaller)
Working on centre 80 stitches, continue in garter stitch until this centre panel measures roughly as long as wide (approx 45cm square)
With spare set of 4mm needles, pick up 10 rainbow stitches on left side and knit up to match length of centre panel, joining into centre panel, by picking up stitch on panel and knitting that stitch and first stitch on side border together
When left border matches centre panel in length, slip 10 stitches onto stitch holder. Pick up 10 rainbow stitches on right side, and work as for left side. When complete, slip all stitches on to needle and knit 40 rows .
Cast off LOOSELY, beware of casting off to tightly as this will cause deformation of your finished piece.
Sew in any loose ends, wash according to yarn ball band instructions, dry and present to the new baby :D
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