———-> English versio

Although crochet is my most favorite craft by far, I did learn to appreciate knitting as well a while ago.

I confess that knitting was not my cup of tea for a long time… until someone gave me the advice to switch to circular needles and to hold the yarn in my left hand (just like it is in crochet).  These two small changes made a whole lot of difference to me.

To practice knitting, I made a lovely, chunky baby blanket in a very thick and soft yarn.  I chose to work with an icord for the border, because I think it complements the look.

If you don’t know how to make an icord, I’ve posted some video-tutorials below my blog.

This pattern is suitable for a beginning knitter, because (obviously) I’m a beginner too.  So if I can do it, you can too!  I used a very thick yarn that knits up fast!  So before you know it, you will have made a beautiful, soft and chuncky baby blanket.

Skill level: beginner

Techniques you should know to make this blanket:

  • icord cast on
  • knit an icord
  • knit onto an icord
  • garther stitch
  • start a new color
  • icord bind off

Materials needed:

  • 780 – 1000 meter chunky yarn (850 – 1100 yrds)
    For example: Schachenmayr Bravo Big (+- 7 skeins)
  • tapestry needle
  • knitting needles size 10 mm (US 15)

How to make it:


Always knit garther stitch, unless mentioned otherwise.


ICORD

  1. Cast on 3 stitches and knit them.
  2. Slip stitches to your left needle.
  3. Knit 3 stitches.
Repeat 2 and 3 until you have an icord of approx. 1 meter long.
BLANKET
  1. Pick up stitches along the icord edge until the end of your icord. (See video below.)
  2. Pick up the 3 cast on stitches from the beginning of your chain.  This doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you pick up 3 stitches in the beginning of your chain, you should be fine.
  3. Turn. Knit 3, change color, knit to the last 3 stitches.  Slip 3 stitches to your right needle. Keer je werk.  Brei de eerste 3 steken in de kleur van je icord, zet een nieuwe kleur aan.
Repeat 3 until your blanket has the desired lenght.  Be aware that you have enough yarn left for you icord cast off.
Icord cast off
 
  1. *Knit 2, knit 2 together through the back loop, slip 3 stitches from your right to your left needle* Repeat until you have 6 stitches left (3 on your right and 3 on your left needle).
  2. Cut your yarn with a long tail. Do an icord cast off.
Weave in all ends.  And your done!
Have fun with your cuddly’n’cute baby blanket!
crafty greetings,
Wendy
 
———-> Video’s

Icord cast on

In deze video maken ze een icord met 4 steken.  Voor mijn patroon moet je maar 3 steken opzetten, maar indien je wenst mag je uiteraard ook 4 steken opzetten.  Hou er dan wel rekening mee dat je ietsje meer garen zal verbruiken voor de rand.
This video uses 4 stitches for the icord.  My pattern only needs 3 stitches for the icord, but feel free to work with 3 or 4 stitches for your icord.  Do take in mind that you will be using a bit more yarn, if you choose to work with 4 stitches.

Picking up stitches along an icord edge

copyrights video: Berroco yarn

Icord bind off

copyrights video: knit purl hunter

2 comments on “Free pattern: stripes’n’cuddles baby blanket”

  1. That turned out great. I've been thinking of attempting a knitted baby afghan. Like you, I usually just crochet them, but I bought some yarn that I think would like nice in garter.

    • Thank you Tammy. I'm also very pleased with the result. And although it supposed to be a baby blanket, my cat is in love with it too. 😀

      I really came to enjoy garter stitch, it's pretty easy and after a while you can almost blindly make the stitches and I also like the fabric it creates. Can't wait to see your blanket when it's finished.

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