A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. – By Frank A. Clark
This is a simple, beginner's level baby blanket. It falls in the category of tv knitting, you know, that project you can do while watching tv and not get too lost with what you are knitting. This blanket was designed as a newborn receiving blanket, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes.
Newborn Receiving blanket: 30" x 30"
Basic crib size: 30 x 40 inches
Stroller Blanket: 30 x 35"
To make this Newborn Receiving blanket, you will need:
700 yards of worsted cotton (I used 4 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton which is buttery soft!)
#8 needles (I used circulars with a 29" cable and treated them like straights as this kept the weight of the blanket off of my wrists and held it in my lap. In other words I didn't knit in the round with the circulars, I simply turned my work as if I were working on straights.)
Guage: 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch
(Always check your gauge! If your stitches are too loose, go down a needle size and if they are too tight go up a needle size.)
Stitch: 9x9 Garter rib
Row 1: (knit 9, purl 9) repeat this sequence across the stitches ending with knit 9.
Row2: Knit across all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for the entire blanket.
Cast on 135 stitches (for a wider blanket cast on another 18 stitches which is 4.5 inches).
Knit 9, add a stitch marker, purl 9 add a stitch marker, keep knitting and purling and adding a stitch marker after every 9 stitches. This may seem tedious but it will guide you and keep you making nice neat ribs that don't lose count. I didn't add the stitch markers at first and I would lose track and eventually had to rip out inches of work. Set it up right the first time to save yourself time and aggravation.
Proceed with repeating Rows 1 and 2 for 30" . Bind off in pattern.
I told you this was a simple baby blanket. It would make a great afghan if you double the number of stitches cast on and knit for 80 inches. Of course you will need more yarn, about 1400 yards (though always wise to get an extra ball or two just in case).
And just in case you were curious, that is my very old and sad looking Raggedy Anne made for me when I was just a baby. Many years later, I still have it, plus the baby blanket my gandmother knit for me. My daughter used them and eventually my grand daughters will too.