As the 2012 was going out I decided to give a small gift to all my knitting friends. A free pattern for a Baby Checks baby blanket.
It is a very fast and easy blanket to knit. As the matter of fact I started knitting it a few hours after I had a baby.
You will get a different size depending on the size of yarn and needles you will use. Of course, you can make it as large as you want by increasing the number of stitches you cast on in ten stitches increments. And, of course, you can make it as long as you want, or until you run out of yarn, or until you are overcome by an overwhelming urge to bind off.
Since my youngest is a Summer baby I used a sport weight cotton-acrylic yarn. Knit on larger than usual size needles it was cool enough to use in the Summer and makes a nice additional layer now, in the Winter.
Length 45.5″ (115.5 cm)
Width 31″ (79 cm)
6 balls of yarn – cotton-acrylic sport weight yarn, Jeans, by YarnArt. in main color
1 ball of yarn – cotton-acrylic sport weight yarn, Jeans, by YarnArt. in accent color
2 knitting stitch markers
1 Circular needle size US 5 (3.75mm)
1 DPN needle size US 7 (4.5mm)
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
Baby Checks blanket pattern
Using Long Tail Cast On cast on 196 stitches.
Slip the first stitch and knit all the stitches to the last one. Purl the last stitch.
Repeat this row 35 more times.
When you have 18 ridges (each ridge equals 2 rows) start checkerboard pattern.
Repeat these 12 rows 16 times.
Repeat 36 rows to match the first 36 rows.
Cut the yarn leaving a tail long enough to weave in.
Edge the blanket with an attached 4 stitch I-Cord, first using the live 196 stitches, than picking up the stitches at the edges of the blanket. You will knit the stitches onto the larger DPN needle.
Pick up the stitches of the I-Cord and knit an attached 5 stitch I-Cord with an accent color.
Weave in the ends and use the blanket in good health.
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