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Bulky Baby Blankets

I love thick and squishy baby blankets. They keep babies cozy in cold weather, of course, and they're fast to knit, which is always a welcome bonus; but, best of all, they are perfect floor mats for young babies who haven't yet discovered their locomotive skills. I'm always reaching for the plushest blankets I have so I can set Bear down wherever I need to be. I get to keep an eye on him, and he gets to experience new vantage points from his luxurious travelling rugs.

Spud & Chloe's Outer is the ultimate yarn for this purpose. A blend of superwash wool and organic cotton, it is honestly soft enough for sensitive baby skin. It makes a bulky blanket with wonderful loft and padding, as well as rustic beauty.

The borders are made out of Spud & Chloe's Sweater yarn doubled. Also a superwash wool/cotton blend, I used it because it comes in lots of great, kicky colors and gives a nice neat finish to the edges.

 

Materials

 

Garter Stitch Version

  • 4 skeins of Spud & Chloe's Outer, 65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton (This color is "Flannel".)
  • 2 skeins of Spud & Chloe's Sweater, 55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton (This is "Watermelon".)

Seed Stitch Version

  • 4 skeins of Spud & Chloe's Outer, 65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton (This color is "Soapstone".)
  • 2 skeins of Spud & Chloe's Sweater, 55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton (This is "Pollen".)

Both Versions

 

The Pattern

 

Gauge

2 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch or seed stitch, using the Main Yarn

2 3/4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using the Contrast Yarn DOUBLED

Finished Size

26 inches x 26 inches

Seed Stitch Version

Using the Main Color and US #15 needles, cast on 51 stitches.

*K1, p1, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat this row until you have used all 4 skeins of yarn, leaving enough to bind off.

Bind off in k1, p1 pattern, and weave in the ends.

Garter Stitch Version

Using the Main Color and US #15 needles, cast on 53 stitches.

Knit every row until you have used all 4 skeins of yarn, leaving enough to bind off.

Bind off  and weave in the ends.

The Border (for Both Versions)

Note: For the Border, use the Contrast Yarn DOUBLED. You can either pull from the inside and the outside of one ball of yarn, or pull one strand from each of two balls.

With the Contrast Yarn and a 40 inch, US #13 needles, begin the border at any corner:

*Pick up 60 stitches to the next corner, place a marker, repeat from * until you have returned to the beginning corner. For the last marker, use a different color in order to indicate the beginning of the round. (240 stitches)

The border is knit in the round. Join the round by knitting into the first stitch you picked up.

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: *K1, make 1 right, knit to the next marker, make 1 left, slip the marker, repeat from * to the end of the round. (8 stitches increased)

Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2. (256 stitches)

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: Purl.

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K1, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before the next marker, ssk, slip the marker, repeat from * to end of round. (8 stitches decreased)

Rounds 9 and 10: Repeat Rounds 7 and 8. (240 stitches)

Now is a good time to weave in any ends.

To finish the border, fold it over so the purl sides are facing each other and:

1. Pick up the purl bump (from the pick up round) that is directly in line with the first stitch on the left needle.

2. Slip the purl bump onto the left needle.

3. Knit two together (the purl bump and the first "regular" stitch).

(At the beginning of the round, repeat these three steps one more time so that you are able to do the next step.)

4. Slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first (just like binding off).

Repeat these 4 steps all the way around the border. (Tip: Check frequently that the stitch you're picking up is still in line with the first stitch on the left needle, otherwise the border will start to skew.)

Weave in the ends and you're done!

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81 Responses to Bulky Baby Blankets


  1. purl bee says:

    Hi Sharon,

    To answer your first question, here is a variation of the answer I gave earlier to Julie and Becky:

    To pick up 60 stitches across the 51 cast on stitches you have to pick up two stitches in almost the same spot 9 times. So you will pick up a a stitch and then insert your needle one strand over, in almost the same place you just picked up the stitch, and pick up another stitch. Distribute these 9 “extra” stitches evenly across the side.

    And for your second question about picking up along the sides, usually along a selvedge you pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows, or sometimes 2 for every 3, or even sometimes 4 for every 5. A technique I often use to make sure I'm picking up evenly is to mark (with scrap yarn) every quarter length of the edge (first fold in half, then divide each half in half). Figuring out how to evenly pick up 15 stitches is a lot easier than 60!

    I hope this all makes sense! Thanks for your questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  2. Kim says:

    Hi! I am knitting the blanket now. I am to the purl bump pick up. I am confused as to how to do this. Do I put the loop on my left needle then go back and knit it? And how do I get the edge to lay down? I hope my questions make sense.
    Thanks!
    Kim

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Anna,

    It sounds like you're maybe not knitting the border in the round as you should be. After you've picked up the stitches for the border, you should continue to knit with the same side facing you by knitting into the first stitch you picked up (rather than turning the work and knitting into the last stitch you picked up). When you knit in the round, you create stockinette stitch with all knit stitches.

    Please let us know if you're still confused. If this is your first time knitting in the round, it can definitely be puzzling, but once you get the concept, it's easy!

    Thanks for your question!
    Whitney

  4. Helen says:

    Hi,

    Loving the blanket. I'm on the border and a little bit confused with precisely where the increases and decreases go. The Initial K1 I guess is the stitch after the first marker, then the M1R the stitch directly after that. Then after knitting to the first marker, I M1L between the marker and the stitch I've just knitted, then slip the marker, then the K1 is the one after the marker.

    Then for the decreasing, again the initial K1 would be the stitch after the first marker?

    Sorry – I'm fairly new to knitting and double knitting, in the round, with increasing and decreasing is confusing me a bit – just hoping for a straight border!

    Thanks.

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Helen,

    Yes, the initial k1 is the stitch after the beginning-of-the-round marker, and the m1R is into the strand between the first and second stitch. Then yes again, you knit to the next marker (so there are no stitches left before the marker) and yes, M1L between the marker and the last stitch you knit.

    And you've got the decreases correct too! The first k1 is the stitch right after the first marker.

    Keep in mind that what you're actually doing is knitting 1 stitch at each corner with a pair of either increases or decreases on each side of it.

    I hope this helps and good luck with the rest of your blanket!

    Whitney

  6. Chris says:

    Oh I love this border!! I am a Great Aunt with another little one joining the family soon and so naturally I am thinking of knitting a baby blanket…and I will definitely use this border. It puts the finishing touch on and also completely seals in any evidence of the ends woven in! Perfect! Thanks so much…
    Great Aunt Chris :-)

  7. Manuela says:

    Hi there,

    I am knitting using the #15 US needle and using the seed stitch option with the spud and choe, therefore casting on 51 stitches. My gauge seems to be 3 stitches per inch and so far the measured width is only 20-21 inches for the main colour. Is the border going to make up the extra 5-6 inches? It doesn't look that big in the picture so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. Thanks for any advice :)

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Manuela,

    The main body of the blanket should measure 22 1/2 inches, so if yours is a little smaller that's because your gauge is a bit tight (it sounds like you're getting 2 1/2 instead of 2 1/4 stitches to the inch).

    If you'd like to extend your border a bit to make up for lost inches, repeat Rounds 3 and 4 of the border one or two more times (be sure to also repeat Rounds 9 and 10 the same number of times).

    I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  9. iQueen says:

    Thank you SO much for the edging instructions!

    I knitted a giant (32in x32in) diagonal 'dishcloth' blanket for my first Grandbaby – the garter st version, with 2 st and eyelet border. I did it in acrylic UK chunky in Claret, Emerald, Camel amd Mid Blue blocks, with random width stripes in Black and Silver Grey dividing the colours, and all colour changes on one side.

    I ended up with LOTS of ends to weave in and doubted that I could make them secure and neat, so I was delighted to stumble upon your edging.

    I had 80 eyelets per side, and picked up and knitted 1 st in each eyelet, with Cream Aran weight yarn, doubled. This meant that the 2 st borders on the blanket were to be trapped (along with all the secured ends!) inside the hem.

    It worked out wickedly BEAUTIFUL! The 'padded' edging looks so professional, with that lovely chained finish on the reverse.

  10. tracydacey says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern for this beautiful baby blanket! I'm in the very beginning stages of knitting and I am using size
    10 circular needles with size 10 yarn— we cast on 53 stitches but I just measured my blanket and realized that its only 16" wide? I already have about three inches done. Can I just make the borders bigger? And/or do three colors for the border?
    Thank you so much in advance!!

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Tracydacey,

    It sounds like you're using a much thinner yarn than I did, and so instead of getting 2 1/4 stitches to the inch, you're getting 3 1/3. But as you suggest, you can remedy this situation by making a bigger border. As I recommended to Manuela (a few questions above yours), you should repeat Rounds 3 and 4 of the border one or two more times (be sure to also repeat Rounds 9 and 10 the same number of times).

    Thanks so much for your question. Please let us know if you have more and good luck!

    Whitney

  12. Darcy Ritchie says:

    Well i'm looking for an easy pattern with size 10 1/2 needles with just plain old knitting. Do you have any suggestions?

  13. Andrea says:

    Do you recommend a particular cast on for this pattern? If I use the long tail and it counts as the first row will this be a problem to continue in seed stitch? Thank you so much, I am looking forward to completing 2 of these, they are adorable!

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Andrea-

    A long tail cast on will work fine. Unless specifically noted you can almost always use a long tail cast on to start any project. Your cast on row is not your first row.

    Thank you for your question!

    Molly

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Darcy,

    You might like our Super Easy Lap Blanket which uses a US #10 needle (although #10.5 would probably be fine too) and is knit entirely in garter stitch: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/1/6/whits-knits-super-easy-lap-blanket.html

    And you also might enjoy checking out our entire gallery of knit blankets. Maybe you'll find just what you're looking for! http://www.purlbee.com/blankets-knitting/

    Thanks for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

  16. AmyNat says:

    Just finished my blanket – what an excellent pattern! Love that there is no sewing involved, the border is so neat and easy.
    Thank you

  17. Sara says:

    Hi there Whitney,

    I'm knitting the very last row and have come upon an issue. You suggest to check frequently to make sure that the purl bump I'm picking up is in line with the stitch on the left needle. For some reason there seem to be way more stitches on the left needle, than purl bumps – so in other words, they are quickly getting "out of line."

    If this happens, how should I get them back in line? For example, should I knit 3 together instead of 2? Or just do a regular knit/bind off until they are back in line?

    Any advice would be great, thank you! (Baby is due in a month!) :)

    Sara

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Sara,

    Your question has made me realize that I didn't include stitch counts after the border's increases and decreases (I've rectified the problem!). Anyway, you really shouldn't have more stitches on the needle than purl bumps at the pick up, since both counts should be 240 stitches. Is it possible that you didn't do the border's increases and decreases quite right?

    Or if you'd prefer to just move forward rather than figure out what could have gone wrong (understandable!), then either of your suggestions are good (i.e. k3tog or do a bind off without picking up). I'd try both and see which looks better!

    Good luck finishing in time! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks so much for this one!

    Whitney

  19. Donna says:

    I am curious how you weave in the ends (starting a new skein) within the body of the blanket without showing-since you really don't have a wrong side. I have knit with Outer and know the thickness of this yarn really shows every detail.

    Love this pattern and can't wait to get started.

    Thanks Donna

  20. purl bee says:

    Hi Donna,

    A great solution is to weave the ends into the selvedges, since the very edges will get encased in the border at the end. Otherwise we have a great tutorial with lots of tips on how to most effectively weave in your ends right here: http://purlbee.squarespace.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html

    I hope this helps you get the kind of finish you want! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks so much for this one!

    Whitney

  21. purl bee says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Not a dumb question at all! To pick up 60 stitches across the 51 cast on stitches you have to pick up two stitches in almost the same spot 9 times. So you will pick up a a stitch and then insert your needle one strand over, in almost the same place you just picked up the stitch, and pick up another stitch. Distribute these 9 "extra" stitches evenly across the side.

    I hope this makes sense, thanks for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

  22. Janet says:

    I made this in Bernat SuperBulky yarn, using double strands so it was super thick. I did the border in the same yarn, contrasting color, but single strand. Once you get the idea on the border and the folding over of the border and binding it off, it's really quite easy. I made it for my baby grandson, and it was a huge hit with his parents, so much so that they asked me to make a 2nd one.

  23. purlbee says:

    Hi Molly,

    The gauge you should be factoring is your border gauge, not the gauge of the main body. I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear!

    So, for you, you would determine your border gauge (stitches per inch) and multiply that number by 28. That's how many stitches to pick up!

    Thank you for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

  24. Heather says:

    You might already have this somewhere and I’m just not seeing it but I just wondered if you have this pattern in a PDF somewhere. I’m trying to do some computer cleaning and put all my patterns that I’ve made and love in a folder so I will have them for years to come and I want to save this in there. Can you either tell me where to find it or can you email it to me? Is that asking a lot or being rude? I hope not, I just love this blanket so much! ;)

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Heather-

      Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to convert all of our free patterns into PDFs but it’s fairly simple to save this as a PDF yourself! First, copy and paste all of the text and photos that you want into a Word or Text doc. From there you can save it as a PDF! If you don’t see the save as pdf option within your editing program you can usually convert it in the print dialog box.

      Thanks so much for getting in touch and I hope this helps!

      Best-

      Molly

  25. Heather says:

    Nevermind!! Apple is awesome and I figured out how to do it on my own, duh. lol

  26. Teresa says:

    I would like to use this border on a larger blanket size, 60×40, but being a newbie to knitting I don’t know how many stitches I need. Can you help me with that?

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Teresa,

      To determine how many stitches you need for your border you need to first figure out the gauge of your border, which means the number of stitches per inch you knit with the border yarn and needle. Once you know the gauge, you multiply that number by the length of the side where you are picking up and that is the number of stitches you should pick up for that side. For example, let’s say your border knits up to 5 stitches per inch. You would then pick up 5 x 60 inches = 300 stitches along the long sides of your blanket and 5 x 40 inches = 200 stitches along the short sides.

      I hope this makes sense. Please let us know if you need more help and thank you so much for asking!

      Whitney

  27. Taylor says:

    How many rows exactly should I be knitting on the main part of the blanket? I’m using a different kind of yarn than the one in the pattern and 4 skeins seems to be too much

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Taylor,

      It is certainly possible that four skeins is too much if the yarn you are using has more yardage per skein than the yarn we used. So rather than concerning yourself with how much of the yarn you use, you should just keep working until your blanket is square. If, in the end, your finished body dimensions are different than ours, you may need to pick up a different number of stitches for the border. I just explained to another reader named Teresa how to determine the number of stitches you may need for the border. Check out my response to her!

      Thanks for your questions and please let us know if you have any more!

      Whitney

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