My friend Aimee is due in November. She and her husband are one of the few couples I know who haven't found out if they are having a boy or a girl. I love the idea of not knowing as the parent, but it sure does make it harder to choose colors when you are the gift giver! I wanted to make something colorful and cheerful that would suit either a boy or a girl, but not too bright because Aimee prefers softer colors. I also wanted the finished product to be washable, of course. When I started thinking about this blanket, we had just received a new shipment of Koigu KPPPM (their multi-color 4 ply merino). I chose a bright color that caught my eye and decided to knit it together with a strand of natural white Koigu KPM (their single-color 4 ply merino) to soften the overall color of the blanket. This blanket has so many possibilities since you use two strands held together to work the blanket. For instance, a solid other than natural white could be used to emphasize one of the colors from the multi, or you could use eight skeins of the same multi to achieve a more saturated look. Enjoy! --Jen
- 4 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, I used color 119
- 4 skeins of Koigu KPM, I used color 0000
- US size 7, 24-inch circular needle (or size needed to get the correct gauge)
- Tapestry needle
- 18 stitches = 4 inches in basket weave stitch (please note: yarn is doubled throughout)
- Approximately 29-inches square
With one strand of each color held together, cast on 132 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
Rows 1 - 20: K18, p16, *k16, p16; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2.
Rows 21 - 40: K2, *p16, k16; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2.
Repeat these 40 rows four more times.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off loosely.
Use tapestry needle to sew in ends.