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Saturday
May242008

Whit's Knits: Super Easy Baby Blanket

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Every day at Purl at least one customer comes in looking for a really easy baby blanket pattern. It's such a basic request, and, yet, my co-workers and I have a hard time offering a basic solution. The reason is that not many knit designers bother to make patterns for simple rectangles or squares, assuming that, because it would be so easy for them to figure out, it must be easy for everyone else to figure out too!

I designed this blanket using Alchemy's new yarn, Temple a super-wash, super-soft and super-beautiful hand dyed merino wool. HERE is a baby blanket that anyone who knows how to cast on, knit and cast off can make. No picking up stitches; no counting stitches; not even any purling! It's everything people ask for, machine washable, soft, fast, and easy. You don't need to be an expert knitter to make a beautiful heirloom blanket!

I love garter stitch for a baby blanket because, besides being the same on both sides and lying flat, it is also very cushiony and cozy. My friend Roy really appreciated the cuddliness of garter stitch this weekend when the weather suddenly turned a bit chilly!- Whitney 

P.S. Happy first birthday to my model and buddy, Roy! 

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The Materials

  • 7 skeins of Alchemy Yarns' Temple, 100% superfine superwash merino wool. These colors from the top are Lantern, Citrine, Silver, Moonstone, Platinum, Topaz, and Kai's Goldfish
  • A US #7 circular needle, 24 or 32 inches long.
  • A tapestry needle.

The Pattern

Gauge

20 stitches and 20 ridges = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished Size

Approximately 26 inches x 28 inches

Begin

With a US #7 needle (or size required by you to acheive the correct gauge) and the first color, loosely cast on 130 stitches.

Knit every row until there are 20 garter stitch "ridges" (1 ridge = 2 rows).

Switch to the second color at the beginning of the next row, and knit every row until there are 20 ridges.

Repeat with each color, making sure to always switch colors on the same side.

After knitting 20 ridges with the seventh color, loosely bind off.

Weave in the ends. 

This yarn is superwash which means you can safely put it in the washer and dryer. However, if you've used any bright saturated colors (especially reds), you may want to add white distilled vinegar to your first wash in order to "set" the dyes. I read somewhere to add 3 cups; that seems like a lot, but it can't hurt!

Reader Comments (59)

Hi!
I just had a few questions for you. Im new to knitting and i would love to make this blanket in an adult size, something around 50x70 inches. Are the round needles still the best way to do this project on a bigger scale? And my other question is Can you recommend another maybe more generic yarn that is still soft and washable that is at a lower price?

Thanks lots!

Alli
November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlli
Hi Alli,

Yes, circular needles become even more crucial the bigger your knitting is! Circular needles are able to hold the number of stitches you'll need, and they also help to distribute the weight of the fabric you're knitting. For a 50-inch blanket, you'll be fine with 32 or 40-inch needles.

And for less expensive, but still beautiful, machine washable yarns, check out:

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8066-Cascade-Yarns-Cascade-220-Superwash-Sport

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/6355-Cascade-Yarns-Superwash-128

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/817-Lornas-Laces-Shepherd-Worsted

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5886-Spud-Chloe-Sweater

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/721-Blue-Sky-Worsted-Cotton


Some of these options may appear to be the same price as the Temple, but be sure to take into account the yardage! Also, these are not all sportweight options because this blanket is also nice in worsted weight yarn (especially when you're increasing the size). You can see a worsted weight version here with our Super Easy Lap Blanket: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/1/6/whits-knits-super-easy-lap-blanket.html

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

Whitney
November 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
does any one have areal easy baby blacket pattern to make that would not take so long
November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Valerio
This blanket is beautiful! I would love to make it and use some of these colors. I am having trouble locating the Lantern, Platinum, and Silver. Do you still sells those colors in the merino wool? many thanks!
December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEleni
Hi Eleni-

Please email customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and they can answer this question for you.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
December 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! I've just finished my baby blanket but the Koigu Kersti version. It's more a square than a rectangle and (newbie question) I wondered whether blocking would help me 'mould' it into a rectangle? Cold water blocking? Steam blocking? Thanks! (I should've checked my gauge but I've made the blanket before on the same needles, same yarn, diff colours and ended up with a rectangle). Not quite sure what that's all about given it's so simple in design...maybe my knitting's whack! Ha!
February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
Hi Kristen-

That is curious! Blocking won't help because you don't want to pull your stitches too much, and blocking is always temporary. So you can either just keep it a square or you can pull out the bind off and add another block of color to make it a rectangle.

Thanks for getting in touch and good luck with it!

Molly
February 11, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was wondering how you would suggest adapting this into an adult size blanket?? It's so cute I want to make it for myself!
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Hi Megan,

We have a Super Easy Lap Blanket pattern, sized for adults, right here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/1/6/whits-knits-super-easy-lap-blanket.html

Thanks so much for your question and please let us know if you have any others!

Whitney
February 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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