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Saturday
Aug182012

New Super Easy Baby Blanket

One of our most popular projects over the years has been the Super Easy Baby Blanket. When I made it over four years ago, I was newly pregnant and full of dreams for the tiny baby who would be wrapped up inside. Now, that that baby is old enough to write his name, we thought it was time for an update to this wonderfully straightforward pattern!

Faye, whom you may know (and love!) from shopping at our store, suggested this time trying the Super Easy Baby Blanket with Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe. Since in the last few years Faye, too, has become a mother, she thought Kersti's ultra springy loftiness would be perfect not just for a soft and cozy blanket, but also for a comfy play mat.

Plus, since Faye is one of Purl Soho's very first employees, she has spent nearly a decade with Koigu, contemplating its vast array of colors, playing with combinations and developing favorites. So she already had up her sleeve a beautiful summertime palette that starts with the blues of the cool ocean, passes into the bright light of the horizon and then rises to the hot flames of the sun. Spectacular!

If you know how to cast on, knit and bind off, you're ready to start your own Super Easy Baby Blanket! And if you're curious about the original, you can check it out right here. Enjoy both!

The Materials

  • 7 skeins of Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe, 100% Merino Wool. These colors, from the top are: 2200, 1240, 2180, 2100, 0, 2171.5, and 1043.

To buy all of this yarn together, just click here for our New Super Easy Baby Blanket Kit! (Needles not included) 

The Pattern

Gauge

5 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

10 rows = 1 inch

Finished Size

26 inches x 30 inches

Pattern Note

To get the same nice, neat edge as Faye, just slip the first stitch of every row knitwise with the yarn in back. (When you're changing colors, knit the first stitch instead of slipping it.)

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 you have knit the entire skein (which should be 18-22 garter stitch "ridges" [1 ridge = 2 rows]).

Switch to the second color at the beginning of the next row, and knit every row until you have knit the entire skein.

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

After knitting the seventh color, loosely bind off.

Weave in the ends and you're done! Super easy!

Reader Comments (69)

HI Sarah,


The second part of your question is correct! When the thing you're knitting is going to be a lot of fabric, it's often much more comfortable to use circular needles. You use the circular needles like you would two straight needles, just turning the work around at the end of each row and putting the right needle into your left hand and the left needle into your right hand.

Slipping the stitch actually has nothing to do with the fact that this is a flat piece of knitting. It is just a detail to give you a neater selvedge.

I hope this sets you on the right path! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for these!

Whitney
April 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
How many skeins would I need if I just wanted to alternate two different colors?
August 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaley
Hi Haley-

You will need 3 of one color and 4 of the other. There is one skein per stripe.
Thank you!
Faye
August 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Question about slipping the first stitch of each row and switching colors-- how do you slip the first stitch when you're changing colors? I understand how to slip the stitch and I know how to switch colors, but I'm confused about how to do both at once.

Thanks!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdele
HI Adele,

Good question! When you switch colors, you should knit the first stitch of the new color instead of slipping it.

Thanks for asking!

Whitney
August 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,
I just bought the kit from you guys to make this blanket. I cast on 130 stitches and completed 31 rows which is 15.5 garter stitches and the first color of wool is over! i have read the pattern over and over and cannot understand why this would have happened. Im trying to have this completed soon for my friends baby shower. Please help!
Thanks!
Averyl
October 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraveryl
Hi Averyl-

I'm so sorry to hear you're having this issue. Can you check your gauge? If you are getting less than 5 stitches per inch your yarn will not go far enough.

Can you measure how many stitches you are getting per inch and let me know?

Thank you!

Molly
October 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to do this in girl colors with dark, medium and light pink. Could you suggest 3 colors that would look nice together. I have been to the colors and I cant figure out colors that would look nice like that. Thanks.
November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
Hello!

I hope to get a reply because I'm really confused.
I understand how to slip the first stitch and change yarn but doing both at the same time kinda confused me. I know you have already answered Adele's post on this question.
I can understand the instruction but my question is
How about the last stitch? Your instruction is to knit the first stitch with the new yarn but you didn't mention bout the last stitch? Should I knit it?

Hope to hear from you soon! I'm stuck at switching to the second color.
Thank you so much!
December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne
Hi Yvonne,

You knit the last stitch, just as you do for every other row.

Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
December 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there- I appreciate reading the the questions and answers here in the comments! I didn't see my issue addressed. My gauge seems to be right on, but I'm only getting 18 or 19 ridges per color/skein. Would you recommend adding an eighth skein to get the correct length? Thanks!
January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElana
Hi Elana-

Yes, that would solve the problem. Would you mind checking your gauge? If you are getting the appropriate gauge and this is still happening to you could you let us know. We want to make sure you got the proper amount of yarn to begin with. Please let us know!

Thank you!

Molly
January 17, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished my first attempt at the blanket (only my second knitting project ever!). Anyway, my finished blanket is only 23 x 25.5 inches. It is a bit small for a baby blanket. I look forward to making another blanket. It was a fun beginner project and the yarn is beautiful! Should I just add stitches and another ball of yarn next time or should I move up to a size 8 needle? Thanks for the help!
January 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiannina
Hi Giannina-

Thanks for writing in. You need to do a gauge swatch before you start the next blanket to make sure that you're getting the correct gauge, which in this pattern is 5 stitches per inch. It sounds like you are getting more stitches per inch (which results in a smaller blanket.) I would recommend that you go up a needle size or two until you are comfortably geting 5 stitcher per inch. Once you are getting the correct gauge the blanket will end up the right size.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
January 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm a knitting newbie; this is my very first knitting project and I have a question about changing colors. The edge where I changed to my second color looks kind of messy in that a few of the color#1 stitches spill into the color#2 area. I switched colors by knitting the first 3 stitches with both yarns together. Is there a better way to switch colors that results in a cleaner switch? Thanks for your help. I'm loving this project so far!
January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTamar
Hi :),

New knitter here. I just made my first hat with circulars - first time using them too, so I'm not understanding how just knitting won't create knit stitch, instead of garter.

Any help would be much appreciated!
January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTara
Hi Tara-

When you are knitting back and forth, and not in a circle as you did with your hat, and you knit every row the result is garter stitch. Give it a try and you'll see!

Please let me know if you have any more questions!

Molly
January 29, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Help!
I just ran out of my second color of yarn after only 19 garter rows and I don't understand why. For my first color, I had enough yarn for all 22 rows with a few yards of yarn left over. I'm using the Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe with a size 7 needle. I'm getting 5.5 stiches per inch. I understand that the extra 1/2 stitch per inch will make my blanket smaller than intended but why would I be short on yarn? Any suggestions on what could have gone wrong?
January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTamar
Hi Tamar,

Instead of knitting the first few stitches with both colors together, you may want to just cut the old yarn (leaving at least an 8-inch tail) and start the next row by knitting the first stitch with just the new color. It may look a little loose and messy at first, but when you weave in the ends, that problem will be resolved!

Also, to let you know, in garter stitch, when you change colors, one little pop of the new color shows up in the old color, an inevitable glitch that shows your blanket is hand knit!

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

Whitney
February 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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