Sunday, March 4, 2012

Looking for a way to get started?    This pattern is from Marge.    Plans are underway for a monthly knit/crochet class.   A way to learn a new skill and to share the blankets group members are making.

Simple Baby Blanket

This blanket is ideal for the beginner as it uses only knit stitches, a simple yarn over increase and a simple knit 2 together decrease.  It has an attractive border and although  written for a 36 inch square blanket, it can be made larger by continuing the pattern for additional rows before beginning the decease.

It can be used with any yarn although sport weight (number 3), worsted weight (number 4) or bulky (number 5) are best.  Simply select your yarn and use the size needle recommended on the yarn wrapper (if you know you are a tight knitter, you may want to go up one size and if you knit loosely go down one size )  You may begin with straight needles but will need to change to a 29 or 30 inch circular needle in order to get all the stitches on the needle. 


Cast on 5 Stitches and knit 1 row

Begin Increase rows:  Knit 3 stitches, yarn over (yo) knit to end; continue each row in this manner until one side of the triangle (measure from point to needle) measures 36 inches.  This is the middle point of your blanket;

then you begin to decrease as follows

Begin Decrease rows:  Knit 2, knit 2 together (k2tog), yarn over (yo) knit 2 together (k2tog) then knit to end of the row.  Repeat this row until you have only 7 stitches on the needle.

Last row, k2, k2tog, k2tog, knit 1.  Bind off last 5 stitches.  Work in the loose ends.

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