Babies tend to inspire soft and gentle designs with petal pinks and cloudy blues, big-eyed bunnies and fuzzy elephants. Babies are, after all, pretty soft and gentle. But for this Four Corners Baby Blanket, I decided to throw convention to the wind, opting instead for something a little different, something for the kind of baby (and parents!) who might have an eye for quirky colors and spare, modern design.

The beautiful hand dyed colors of Madeline Tosh Merino DK are the perfect paints for your palette. Complex yellows, unusual neutrals and a whole fascinating spectrum in between, you'll love choosing the pops for your own version of the Four Corners Baby Blanket!

 

The Materials

  • 6 total skeins of Madeline Tosh DK, 100% machine washable merino wool. 
    • 4 skeins of the Main Color. I used Antler (right).
    • 2 skeins of Contrast Colors. I used Candlewick (left) for the corners and Butter (center) for the stripes. (One skein would be enough to make both the corners and the stripes. And two skeins is enough for two blankets.)

The Pattern

Gauge

22 1/2 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished Size

28 inches by 31 inches. Keep in mind that garter stitch tends to stretch vertically, so with use, the length will grow a bit.

Intarsia Tips (Changing Colors)

Changing Colors on the Right Side

When switching from one color to the next on the right side of the work, bring the first color in front of the second so that it is "trapped" between the new working yarn and the knitted piece. Knit the first stitch of the new color normally.

The right side "seam" will look like this:

Changing Colors on the Wrong Side

When changing colors on the wrong side of the work (between purl stitches), "trap" the first color by bringing it behind the new working yarn. Purl the first stitch of the new color normally.

Here's what the wrong side "seam" looks like:

 

Begin

NOTE: When you're winding your skeins into balls, be sure to wind the yarn you will use for the corners ("Yarn A") into two relatively equal balls.

Corners 1 and 2

With Yarn A (Candlewick), cast on 32 stitches. Then use Yarn B (Antler) to cast on 94 stitches. With a second ball of Yarn A, cast on 32 stitches. 158 stitches total

(At this point, the three sections are not attached to each other, but as you work the intarsia they will be!)

Row 1 (right side): With Yarn A, k32; with Yarn B, k94, with second ball of Yarn A, k32. (See Intarsia Tips above for how to properly switch colors.)

Row 2 (wrong side): With Yarn A, k31, p1; with Yarn B, p1, k92, p1; with second ball of Yarn A, p1, k31. (Again, the above Tips will help you change colors correctly.)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4 inches from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row.

Cut all three yarns.

Joining Yarn B, knit every row until piece measures 10 inches from the cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row. Cut the yarn.

Here's what the right side looks like:

And here's the wrong side:

Stripes 1 and 2

Row 1 (right side): Joining Yarn C (Butter), k100; joining Yarn B, k58.

Row 2 (wrong side): With Yarn B, k57, p1; with Yarn C, p1, k99.

Row 3: With Yarn C, k100; with Yarn B, k58.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until stripe measures 1 1/8 inch (or for 6 garter stitch ridges / 12 rows), ending with a wrong side row. Cut both yarns. **

Joining Yarn B, knit every row for 1 1/4 inches (or for 7 ridges / 14 rows), ending with a wrong side row. Cut the yarn.

Repeat from Row 1 to **.

Joining Yarn B, knit every row until piece measures 27 inches from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row. Cut the yarn.

Corners 3 and 4

Row 1 (right side): Joining Yarn A, k32, joining Yarn B, k94, joining second ball of Yarn A, k32.

Row 2 (wrong side): With Yarn A, k31, p1; with Yarn B, p1, k92, p1; with second ball of Yarn A, p1, k31.

Row 3: With Yarn A, k32; with Yarn B, k94, with second ball of Yarn A, k32.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until corner squares measure 4 inches, ending with a wrong side row.

Bind Off

Bind Off Row (right side): With Yarn A, bind off to the end of color A (1 stitch of Yarn A remains on the right needle). Cut Yarn A and pull it through the remaining stitch. With Yarn B, bind off to the end of color B (1 stitch of Yarn B remains on the right needle). Cut Yarn B and pull it through the remaining stitch. With Yarn A, bind off to end. Cut yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.

Finish

Weave in all the ends. Use the cast on and bind off tails to sew closed the gaps between colors. Gently block or machine wash (and lay flat to dry) if you'd like!