Monday, November 12, 2007
Rippled Baby Blanket
Here it is! It's a modification of the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl*, but I made enough changes that it's probably worth writing down.
Any pleasing combination of yarn and needles will work. I used Dream in Color Classy in Beach Fog and Summer Sky (2 skeins each), and size US7 DPNs and circular needles.
m1: I used the EZ m1, which is basically a twisted yarn over. Form a backwards loop over the right needle with the working yarn. Depending on which way you form the loop, you may need to knit that stitch through the back loop when you pass it again on the next row.
pattern: k2tog 3 times, k1, (m1, k1) 6 times, k2tog 3 times
increase row: *k1, m1, knit to marker, m1, slip marker, repeat from *
pattern row: k1, m1, k(0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15), pattern (1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) times, k(0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15), m1, slip marker
Use the first number in each set of parentheses on the first pattern repeat. On each subsequent repeat, use the next number in purple and the first number in blue, until all of the purple numbers have been used. Then repeat using the second number in blue. So you’ll knit six pattern repeats with one pattern, and then six with the three patterns, etc.
Co 8 sts using Emily Ocker’s circular beginning
Divide stitches over 2 double pointed needles, increasing to 4 and then circular needles when necessary
1(MC): *k1, m1, repeat from *
3(CC): *k1, m1, k3, m1, repeat from *
5(MC): *k1, m1, k5, m1, repeat from *
7(CC): *k1, m1, k7, m1, repeat from *
9(MC): *k1, m1, k9, m1, repeat from *
11(CC): *k1, m1, k11, m1, repeat from *
13(MC): *k1, m1, k13, m1, repeat from *
15(CC): *k1, m1, k15, m1, repeat from *
18(MC): *k1, m1, k17, m1, place marker, repeat from *
20(CC): begin pattern repeat, changing colors after every second row, carrying the unused color up one corner of the blanket
1: pattern row
3: increase row
5: increase row
Continue until you reach the desired size. I cast off after plain knit row after the k0, pattern seven times, k0 row, and my blanket was 32" square unblocked, 40" square after blocking.
Cast on 2 stitches to left hand needle. *k1, k2tog through the back loop, slip 2 stitches back to left needle, repeat from * until all stitches are bound off. Weave in loose ends and block.
This is the closest thing we have to a baby around here to model the blankie. Well, besides Duke, but I didn't want dog hair on the clean blanket. You can see the wrong side and cast-off pretty well in this picture.
* Don't let the picture fool you; there are some breathtaking versions on Ravelry.