Perhaps I should call this Will’s Blanket since the baby it was knitted for was born last January!
I had fun design this pattern, it poured out if me once I knew that Ruthy was pregnant and knitting it was a breeze. It is interesting how that goes – unlike poor Robert and Jessica’s cushion covers which are being dragged out of me stitch by stitch.
Yarn (machine washable wool):
- Main Color (MC): You need enough yarn of your main color to be able to use it in every square. I think 500 yards should be enough, but I did not write down what yarn I used or how much. It would be great to use this at the border too, but I did not quite have enough to do the whole border in my main color.
- Contrast colors: 8 contrast colors (A – H). You probably need less than 200 yards of each of these.
Needles: Size 10 US (6 mm)
Stitch holders or life lines
There are three different types of square in this blanket: Center out, mitred and down. Below is the instruction for each type.
There are five different patterns used on the blanket:
Garter – knit every row unless knitting in the round as for a center-out square then purl every other row.
St/g – stockinette & garter – one color is worked in st.st and the other in garter
Moss – Multiple of 2 + 1. 1st Row: K1, *P1, K1; repeat from * to end, Repeat this row.
Seed – Row 1: (k1 p1) to end; Row 2 & 4 knit knit stitches and purl purl stitches, Row 3: Knit purl stitches and purl knit stitches. Repeat these four rows.
Dss – double seed stitch – Rows 1 and 2: *k2, p2; rep from * Rows 3 and 4: *p2, k2; rep from * Repeat these four rows.
Center out Square (#1, 2, 5, 6)
I originally did this square based on the Mystery Blanket from April of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac, but now I know how to Magic Loop, I would probably start this square that way.
So using MC cast on 8 stitches or magic loop 4 stitches onto each needle.
Knit one round, place a marker so you know the beginning of the round.
Round 1: Work in pattern at the same time increase each side of each corner stitch (you have 8 new stitches)
Round 2: Work in pattern
Repeat rounds one and two at the same time change to CC-A every other round until square is 10″ square. I went for 24 stitches on each side (96 stitches in total)
Place stitches on to four stitch holders or life lines of yarn
Mitred Square (all squares except #1, 2, 5, 6& 1)
Using MC pick up and knit 24 stitches from one side of each square and either M1 stitch in the middle for center out squares or use last stitch from mitred square
Row 2 (WS): S1, work in pattern, p2tog, work in pattern p1 (49 stitches)
Row 3: In CC-C: S1 knitwise, work in pattern for 22 stitches, (Slip 2 stitches tog knitwise to right needle, k1, pass slipped stitches over (S2K1psso)), work in pattern for 22, p1 (47 stitches)
Row 4: S1, work in pattern except for middle stitch and last stitch which are both P
Row 5: In MC, S1 work in pattern for 21 stitches, S2K1psso, work in pattern for 21 stitches p1 (45 stitches)
Row 6: As for row 4
Continue in this way until 3 stitches remain – on the next right side row S2K1psso, and pass a loop of yarn through stitch to stop it from unraveling.
Downward Square (Square 17)
Pick up 25 stitches from one side of square 16 and work until it is a long as it is wide. Bind off.
In CC-A single chain crochet around the whole blanket.
Edging for Top and Bottom
In CC-D work two rows st.st
In CC-F work two row st.st
In CC-B work 4 rows seed stitch
In MC work 4 inches in K2, P2 rib
I-cord around the whole blanket. Label, wash and hope all yarns were machine washable.
Ginger Luters Module Magic and workshop notes,