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Still liking the simple blanket look, this one I made for my niece or nephew arriving next month... the nursery is done in giraffe print so I thought a simple cream seed stitch with a crocheted chain border would be cute. I forgot to take a picture with my regular camera before I gave it as a gift, so I only have one picture I took on my camera.This one takes a little longer than the "dishcloth" blanket since you have to go back and forth, knit and purl.

To make a blanket, simply use any type yarn or needles you want, depending on how big or little of a stitch you want and cast on however many stitches you want your blanket to be. Again, here I used Lily Sugar & Cream cotton yarn.

Works on multiples of two stitches, however wide you want your blanket to be.
Row one: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.
Row two: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
Repeat these two rows for pattern until you reach your desired length

Can leave the blanket as is, or chain crochet around the edge with a contrasting color.

Sometimes I think simple is better. One instance is this simple knitted baby blanket that I made for my niece. I love the Ecru color, just makes it look soft and classic. I like to use Lily Cream & Sugar 100% cotton yarns (and I'm sure others think there are way better options out there) but I really like it and it's affordable. I love looking at patterns & ideas at The Purl Bee but wow, they use yarn that is like $35 a skein, making projects over $200 to do.  Doesn't this look comfy & sweet?

This pattern is super easy too. It's like the dishcloth pattern that I learned as my first knitting project. Except it takes a little longer LOL. I love to get to the part where you peak at increasing, then you get to start decreasing and it's all downhill from there....... goes really fast and then you're done!

To make your own, get together these items:

Size 7 circular needles, 24" long
Approx 4 skeins of Lily Cream & Sugar cotton yarn (2.5 oz each) If you use a "patterned" blend of yarn, they are only 2 oz and you may need an additional skein.
Blunt needle for weaving in ends.

Cast on 5 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, knit to end of row.
Repeat row 4 until you have 160 stitches on your needle.
Next row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end of row.
Repeat until you have 5 stitches left, bind off and weave in ends.

I'm on a blanket making craze (how to very easily make one yourself is on my Tutorial page of the blog!)  and this is one I tried using cotton on one side and minky fabric for the other side & binding. I LOVE how it turned out! At first I thought I had messed up not using the minky for the inner fabric and the cotton for the outside fabric (so that my corners would be nice & crisp when ironed) but the corners lay just fine and I could actually iron them as long as I had a piece of light towel over the top of the minky when I ironed. But I may try it the opposite next time I make one too just to see which I prefer.


Anonymous said...

That elephant cotton is adorable! Nice blanket!

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