Plan B Baby Blanket

This blanket is named for me reverting to coming up with it at the last minute after another blanket I had started for a baby that was due any minute just wasn’t pulling itself together. I pulled two shades of a worsted-weight wool-acrylic blend out of my stash and killed two birds with one stone by using some stash and coming up with a quick knit that would be ready in time.

The easy pattern makes for a very convenient mindless knit, and if you’re working with center-pulling balls of yarn, you can put each one into a nylon stocking to keep it from getting all messy in your bag when traveling. I did most of the work on this blanket in the car (passenger seat, not while driving!).

The finished blanket measures about 29″x29″. With all due respect to heirloom value, etc., I strongly recommend making it in a fiber that is easy care. My personal experience as a baby mama is that anything you can’t pop in the washing machine and at least dry outdoors if not in the dryer just stays at the bottom of the laundry hamper indefinitely, and never gets used more than once.

Materials: US size 10 / 6 mm needles (straights or circulars are fine)

Stitch gauge: 16.5 sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch. The row gauge is less important because you will be measuring the work as you go along.

Yarn: For the blanket shown above I used Vitalgo Oxford (200 meters/100 grams, 9 wpi), approximately 1.5 skeins each, (MC: turquoise, CC: pink) If you want to be clever like me, buy 3 skeins each to make 2 blankies right away, and switch the color scheme between blankets so you’re sure not to run out of one color. Two more colorways I’ve made so far are shown below.

CO 120 sts.

Blanket edging: in MC, work 16 rows in seed stitch, by alternating the following two rows:

Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to end

Row 2: *P1, k1, rep from * to end

Blanket pattern (you can use two stitch markers to remember where the edgings are if you’re not into looking at your work):

Row 1: Switch to CC, (k1, p1) 5 times, k 100 sts (until last 10 sts), (k1, p1) 5 times.

Row 2: (P1, k1) 5 times, p 100 sts (until last 10 sts), (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 3: Switch to MC, (k1, p1) 5 times, k 100 sts (until last 10 sts), (k1, p1) 5 times.

Row 4: (P1, k1) 5 times, k 100 sts (until last 10 sts), (p1, k1) 5 times.

Repeat these four rows until piece measures about 27″, then work rows 1 and 2 once more. Because it’s only two rows of each color at a time, just carry the yarn that isn’t working on the side and pick it up again when it’s time to switch.

Top edging: switch to MC, and work row 4 of the stripe pattern and then 15 rows of seed as on the bottom. BO all sts. Weave in any ends if you haven’t done so yet (I strongly recommend weaving in any ends as you go along to spare yourself the headache at the end).

Find a baby and cover it with the blanket.

1 Comment

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One response to “Plan B Baby Blanket

  1. Gayle(aka) Cherrycola

    Your blanket is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pattern!!!

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