Thursday, November 24, 2016

Diamond Brocade Chunky Blanket

My grandma asked me to knit her a pink blanket. After perusing my stash, I found a good bit of Bernat Softee Chunky in the color "Peony Pink". This should make her happy.
Diamond Brocade Chunky Blanket
designed by Sandy Davis (me)
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky 
(I will post total number of skeins after I finish making the model)

Using US size 13 knitting needles (9 mm), cast on 136 sts. 
(This makes the blanket about 65 inches wide)

Knit 8 rows (garter stitch)

Note: In the following pattern rows, always repeat the directions between the asterisks until you reach the last 4 stitches. (I use stitch markers to mark the border stitches.)
Row 1: (RS) K4, *P1, K7*, K4
Row 2: K4, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, K4
Row 3: K4, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, K4
Row 4: K4, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, K4
Row 5: K4, *K4, P1, K3*, K4
Row 6: K4, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, K4
Row 7: K4, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, K4
Row 8: K4, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, K4
Knit the 8 rows above until the blanket reaches desired length.
Knit 8 rows (garter stitch).
Bind off loosely.

I'm about halfway through my work, so expect an update soon!
- Shandeh

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bird's Eye Baby Blanket

From Shandeh:
Recently, I crocheted a tiny blanket for the hospital, using two colors of Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn. I was asked for a knitted version of the design.

I came up with this:

Bird's Eye Baby Blanket

Designed by Sandy Davis (Shandeh)

Sized for preemie babies in hospital.
This blanket has no holes, so baby fingers will not catch in fabric.
Size: 19-20 inches square

Gauge: 21-22 sts = 4 inches

Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn - 2 colors
Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needle

Note: Do not cut yarn when changing colors. Just carry the yarn up the side.

Cast on 100 stitches with Color A
Knit 5 rows
Drop Color A, and switch to Color B

Row 1: (Color B)
K4 * Slip 1 purl-wise, K1 * K4
(Repeat between*s to last 4 sts)

Row 2: (Color B)
K4, Purl to last 4 sts, K4
Drop Color B, and switch to Color A

Row 3: (Color A)
K4 * K1, Slip 1 purl-wise * K4
(Repeat between *s to last 4 sts)

Row 4: (Color A)
K4 * Purl to last 4 sts * K4
Drop Color A, and switch to Color B

Repeat these 4 rows until blanket is square, ending on Row 2. Switch to Color A.

Knit 5 rows garter stitch in Color A.
Bind off stitches. Weave in ends.

Here's a link to the crocheted blanket that inspired my knitted design:

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