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Jul242009

Whit's Knits: 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!

Reader Comments (97)

HI Kim,


Yes, you do put the loop on your left needle and then knit it together with the next stitch. After doing that two times you will start to also bind off. So, you will put the purl bump on the left needle, knit it together with the next stitch, then pass the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch (just like a normal bind off). This secures the edge to the blanket, which I think is what you mean by "lying down".

I hope this helps to clarify. Please let me know if you need any more help!

You're almost there - good luck!

Whitney
April 16, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I have been looking for a border pattern for my seed stitch blanket I already made and here you are! Thank you so much! The yarn I have is bulky, Lion Brand Baby's First Yarn, its the same as the main just a different color. I have to make some adjustments but I'm excited to finish it! Thank you for the border tutorial!
April 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree
This is kind of a silly beginner question, but does it matter where you join in each new skein of the main yarn (the Outer yarn)? Is it better not to join at the beginning of a row since you'll later be adding a border? Thanks!
June 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne
Hi Leanne,

Not silly at all! Yes, you're absolutely right; it would be better to join the new yarn somewhere other than the beginning of a row for exactly the reason you state. Good thinking!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
June 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this blanket and want to make one for our expected arrival but I was hoping to make mine a bit bigger.I'm pretty new to knitting so this maybe obvious question but what is the best way to figure out how much yarn I will need to increase the size of the blanket? Can I simply double yarn amount to double the size? Thanks for your help!
July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShaunte
Hi Shaunte,

The trick to figuring out how much of the main yarn you'll need is to first calculate the square inches of this blanket (about 400 before adding the border), which means about 1 skein per hundred square inches. Then calculate the square inches of your dream blanket and divide by 100. Round up and that's how many skeins of the main yarn you'll need.

(To double the size of this blanket in both directions [ie 52 x 52], you would actually need to quadruple the main yarn.)

If you have a specific dimension in mind, I'd be happy to help you figure out a safe amount of yarn to buy!

Thanks for your question and congratulations on your baby!

Whitney
August 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just finished this blanket for my fiances first nephew and we loved it. I especially loved this technique for a border, which I've never used before.

I'd love to use this border technique on another blanket I'm making, but I want the border to be wider. Can I accomplish that by simply 'repeating' rounds 1 and 2 multiple times as long as I repeat rounds 7 and 8 the same number, or are there more variables I need to also adjust?

Thanks for any advice!
September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Hi Julie,

You have the right idea! I'm glad you like the border!

Whitney
September 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am in love with this border! Such a simple idea but brilliant results!

I ended up making this for my nephew-to-be. Due to potential and parental allergies, I chose a chunky acrylic... I still like the look and feel of the blanket, but I'd definitely not do that again. Supreme pain to work with. Or at least I found so.

I am so glad I stumbled on your website! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :D I'm off to try another one of your projects!
September 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaroMac
Hi Julie,

Love this gorgeous blanket but would like to make the finished product roughly 36 x 36. Could you help me work out how much yarn would be needed as well as stitches etc?

Really appreciate your help - I will be using same yarn as in pattern. :)
October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel
If I wanted the border to be longer, do I do the entire border pattern twice? or just extend the portion in the middle (knit a row, purl a row, until I like the length of the border)?

Thanks!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
Thanks for posting the formula! I'm making a blanket about 1/3 larger than yours, to meet the requirements for a particular charity. I picked up a lovely fuschia colored yarn, am about 1/4 the way done with the body. Now the trick is to decide on a contrast color.

Is there are reason you doubled a thinner yarn for the contrast edge? Thanks!
October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
Hi Hilary,

Great question! The only reason I remember or can think of for using a thinner yarn was that I liked the colors that that yarn came in!

You'd be fine if you used the same yarn for the border as you did for the main body. Just remember for the cast on and bind off edges to pick up the same number of stitches as you cast on and bound off, and for the sides pick up about 3 out of every 4 rows.

Thanks for asking and for knitting for charity!
Whitney
October 11, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Mel,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you! I seem to have had a clerical error!

To make the blanket 36 x 36 inches, I would make the inside square 32 x 32 inches. You'll need 6 skeins of the Outer for that. And I would make the border 4 inches wide, which will require maybe 3 skeins (to be on the safe side).

(Remember, if you buy too many skeins, you can exchange them for store credit, as long as they're still in skeins, you have the receipt and it's within six months.)

Thanks for your question and good luck!
Whitney
October 16, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Suzanne,

I think you'll find that repeating rounds 1 and 2 (with the same number of corresponding rounds 7 and 8) will work out better than just extending the border with plain stockinette. When you're done increasing, knit rounds 5 and 6.

I hope this helps. Thanks for asking!
Whitney
October 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks for your response, Whitney! I find it motivates me to finish projects if I am doing it for a good charity. There is one where you can make blankets for children who enter foster care - I can't think of a time where a little one would need more comfort and hope. Another charity gives your blankets to Veterans, old and young, also a very worth cause.
October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
I'm starting to pick up the stitches for the border, and I was wondering: should I have the public side of the blanket facing me, or the private side? And does it even matter?
November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Hi Kathy,

If you feel you have a right (or "public") side to your blanket, then it should be facing you when you pick up for the border. I didn't specify in the pattern because both garter and seed stitch are two sided and so either side could be the right side!

Thanks for your question and for knitting the blanket!
Whitney
November 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi again!
I'm starting on the purl bump row. I understand the instruction to pick up the purl bump from the base of the border, knit two together twice and then slip the stitch to start binding off. But after I do this; I still have stitches remaining on my right needle...what am I missing?
November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
Hi Kathy,

Hmmm... Are you sure the stitches on your right needle aren't really the last stitches on your left needle? Because you're binding off in the round, some of the last stitches that you'll bind off may still be on your right needle but will work themselves over to the left needle as you move along. Do you know what I mean?

Otherwise, if you're passing the second stitch on your right needle over the first stitch just like you do in a normal bind off, I can't really imagine where you could be going wrong. Please, please let me know if you're still having trouble and we will work it out!

Whitney
November 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Beautiful blanket, and I am almost done knitting my own version. However, I need some advice. I am on the very last round. I have just completed the 'pick up the purl from the cast-on stich' round and don't understand how to move forward. The instructions tell me to do that round again, but I no longer have a purl bump to pick up and stich together with the active stitch. Do I simply complete a regular knit stitch and start the bind off? Right now, the edge is folded over and secured nicely, but it's like a hinge the active round that's on the needle is flipping up.
Thanks so much for your time!
Regards- Aaron
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron
Hi Aaron,

It sounds like you maybe didn't bind off AS you picked up the purl bumps. Picking up the purl bumps, knitting them together with the live stitches on your needle and binding off all happens in the same final round.

I hope I'm understanding your question correctly, because I'm a little confused by your saying that "The instructions tell me to do that round again." I'm not sure where that is in the pattern, so if my answer is totally unhelpful, please write again and we'll work it out!

Whitney
December 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I too want to make this blanket 36" X 36". I bought 6 skeins of the Outer that you suggested to Mel, but how many stitches should I cast on?
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
Hi Joan,

To make the inside square 32 x 32 inches (plus 2-inch borders) you should cast on 72 stitches, provided you're getting the correct gauge of 2 1/4 stitches to the inch.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions and good luck!

Whitney
December 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm a little confused on the border, I feel like such a goof. I know I casted on 73 stitches and 2stitches is one inch-some bulky yarn, I don't know how many stitches I have on the length and its not a square, but it measured 30 inches..,so I would assume 60 stitches. But them how many do I need to pick up on each side??
I hope you still check these messages :) trying to complete this blanket before my baby comes :/
Katelen.
January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
HI Kate,

It's an issue in this pattern that garter stitch, for example, usually knits up at a slightly different gauge than stockinette. So if you used the same stitch patterns as this pattern and you want to be precise, then you should knit a stockinette gauge swatch and multiply the number of stitches per inch by the length of each side and pick up that number of stitches.

If you want to wing it and aren't too concerned if the results are perfect, perfect, then yes, you can pick up 60 stitches along the sides and 73 along the ends.

Please let me know if you need any more help and good luck!
Whitney
January 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I read through all the comments and didn't find that anybody else had the problem I'm having so I must have done something wrong. I'm knitting the border now and I'm doing round 4 where I repeat round 2 and I'm noticing that the border looks like its going to be in garder stitch not stockinette. I re-read the pattern and noticed its an awful lot of knit stitches in a row, rows 1-5 are all knit stitches so how can it end up being stockinette?
Thanks so much.
April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
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
May 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
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
July 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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 :-)
July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris
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 :)
July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManuela
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
July 31, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenteriQueen
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!!
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertracydacey
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
September 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Well i'm looking for an easy pattern with size 10 1/2 needles with just plain old knitting. Do you have any suggestions?
November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy Ritchie
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!
November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
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
December 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
December 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just finished my blanket - what an excellent pattern! Love that there is no sewing involved, the border is so neat and easy.
Thank you
February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmyNat
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
February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara
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
March 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
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
March 17, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I don't' understand how to "pick up 60 stitches" if you only start with 51. I haven't done too much that's very "involved," so if these are dumb questions, I'm sorry.
March 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Hamilton
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
March 31, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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