This week, I’m thrilled to be part of the Sweet Summer Baby Blanket Knit a Long, hosted by Marie from Underground Crafter, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop. Today’s pattern is a sweet and simple square that would be a great security blanket on its own, or you can make a few and seam them together for a fun patchwork blanket!
This pattern is part of the Sweet Summer Baby Blanket Knit Along with KAL Corner. Follow along and be sure to enter the end-of-KAL giveaway here by Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. To join the KAL:
- You can join in by knitting each square as you have time.
- Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
- If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group.
- By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to a beautiful baby blanket to keep, gift, sell, or donate. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
This pattern was especially fun for me to make because I haven’t had much time to knit since I moved and I wanted something easy to dive back in with but still fun and a little different. This project is sponsored by KAL Corners and Vinnis Colours yarn. So today, we’ll be using some of their Nikkim cotton yarn in the colors Violet and Purple Pink.
This yarn was very soft and light to work with, but I did have to be careful not to split the strands as it’s twisted together a bit looser than the acrylic I’m used to. It didn’t get in the way of knitting the piece much, but it was something I had to look for, especially as I passed stitches over.
Cotton is the perfect choice for summer projects like this because it’s great at keeping you cool and it’s light enough for anything from garments to full-size blankets. If you’re interested in more summer patterns, check out my last post all about summer crochet patterns!
- 3.75mm knitting needles
- #3 DK weight yarn – I used Vinnis Colours Nikkim in Violet and Purple Pink
- tapestry needle*
- Polyfill stuffing*
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- k – knit
- p – purl
- knot – slip 3, p2, pass 3 slipped stitches over purled stitch
- BO – bind off
- MC – main color
- CC – contrast color
- Skill level: Easy
- Sizing: 12″ square
- Gauge: 6S X 7R per inch
Baby Blooms – Baby Blanket Pattern
With your MC, begin by casting on 59 stitches (or a multiple of 6 +5 for a larger piece).
Rows 1-4: Work in stockinette for 4 rows, alternating between one row of knits and one row of purls.
For the color changes in this pattern, you can work in 2 ways. Either carrying the CC along the back of the work and secure the floats as you go, or use a new length of yarn for each knot and leave enough excess on each side to tie and weave off those ends.
Row 5: Knit 5 in MC, switch to CC and *(k1,p1) twice into the next stitch, switch to MC and K5*. Repeat until the end.
Row 6: With MC, *p5, knot, p5* until the end.
Rows 7-10: Work in stockinette for 4 rows in MC.
Row 11: With MC, k2, *(k1,p1) twice into the next stitch, switch to MC and K5* until the last 3 stitches. (k1,p1) twice into the next stitch, k2.
Row 12: With MC, p2, * knot, p5* until the last 6 stitches, knot, p2.
Repeat rows 1-12 another 5 times to get a 12″ square or as many as you want for your projects. Do not BO yet; next, we’ll add a simple border.
The border for this blanket is just a couple of rows of garter stitch. After completing the last row, you should be on the right side of the work. Drop the MC yarn and start with the CC for the border. Knit along all the stitches, then turn the piece and pick up stitches in each space along the side. Turn the work again and continue picking up stitches along the next 2 sides.
Purl all the stitches in the next round.
Knit all the stitches in the next round.
BO all stitches and weave in any loose ends to finish.
Block if desired and you’re all done!
I hope you guys enjoyed my take on a polka dot blanket! I love the dainty little dots on this baby blanket pattern and they’re not hard to do once you get the first few down. Then, you can make the knots without really looking at the pattern and just check the distance from the last dots. If you guys make this, tag me over on Instagram @_theblueelephants!
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