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Nursery Blanket



A new arrival in the world is an exciting event. This cosy, super-soft blanket uses a simple two-row pattern in contrasting colours to create a stunning chevron design. Make it as a special gift to celebrate a new beginning. It will keep baby snug and make you smile, too.

Project taken from: Knit Yourself Calm

Knitting

3-4 hours

Beginner

Materials:

  • YARN
    3 balls of yarn in cream (A), 1 ball each in mustard (B), coral (C) and blue (D)
  • KNITTING NEEDLES
    5mm (UK 6, US 8) circular needle (100cm (39in) length)

Instructions:

TENSION (GAUGE)
1 pattern repeat of B, C or D
(20 rows) using 5mm (UK 6, US 8) needles measures approx.
8.5cm wide x 7.75cm deep
(3½in wide x 3in deep)

NOTE
Circular needles are used to work the blanket in rows because regular knitting needles are too short for the number of stitches used

Nursery Blanket pattern
Using yarn A, cast on 118 sts.
Row 1: K5, (Kfb, K6, skpo, K2tog, K6, Kfb) six times, K5.
Row 2: K.
Rows 3–6: rep rows 1 and 2 twice more.
Row 7: rep row 1.
Row 8: K5, P to last 5 sts, K5.
Rows 9–20: rep rows 7 and 8 another six times.
Change to yarn B.
Rows 21–40: rep rows 7 and 8 ten times.
Change to yarn A.
Rows 41–54: rep rows 7 and 8 seven times.
Change to yarn C.

Rows 55–74: rep rows 7 and 8 ten times.
Change to yarn A.
Rows 75–88: rep rows 7 and 8 seven times.
Change to yarn D.
Rows 89–108: rep rows 7 and 8 ten times.
Change to yarn A.
Rows 109–122: rep rows 7 and 8 seven times.
Change to yarn C.
Rows 123–142: rep rows 7 and 8 ten times.
Change to yarn A.
Rows 143–156: rep rows 7 and 8 seven times.
Change to yarn B.
Rows 157–176: rep rows 7 and 8 ten times.
Change to yarn A.
Rows 177–190: rep rows 7 and 8 seven times.
Rows 191–196: rep rows 1 and 2 three times.

Cast off, maintaining row 1 pattern as follows:
Cast off first 4 sts (1 st now on right needle), *Kfb (3 sts on right needle), slip first st on right needle back to left needle (2 sts now on right needle), lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off, slip first st on left needle back to right needle, lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off (1 st on right needle), cast off next 6 sts (1 st on right needle), skpo, (2 sts now on right needle), lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off, K2tog, lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off, cast off next 6 sts, Kfb (3 sts on right needle), slip first st on right needle back to left needle (2 sts now on right needle), lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off, slip first st on left needle back to right needle, lift the second stitch on right needle over first st to cast off (1 st on right needle); rep from * another five times, cast off remaining sts.

To finish
Weave all ends into WS and trim. Spray with cold water and pin flat to finished dimensions above. Leave to dry completely. Add small pompoms (see Techniques, page 105) to each corner of the blanket.

    Making a Pompom

    Pompoms can be made using the traditional cardboard technique, using a plastic pompom maker, or using the method below, all of which work equally well.

  1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers (four fingers make a large pompom, three fingers make a medium pompom and two fingers make a small pompom). The more you wrap, the fuller the pompom will be. Nursery Blanket

  2. Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers. Take a long piece of matching yarn and wrap it around the centre. Tie a knot in the yarn tightly, taking care not to snap the yarn. If the yarn isn’t strong enough, or is too thick, use strong yarn of a similar shade. Leave the ends of the knot long and use this to attach the pompom to your project later. Nursery Blanket

  3. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut through the folded loops on each side of the pompom. Nursery Blanket

  4. Give your pompom a good shake to fluff it up, then trim the ends to make a neat, rounded shape. Nursery Blanket

  5. Credit: Knit Yourself Calm by Lynne Rowe & Betsan Corkhill Published by Search Press

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