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Simple Lines Baby Blankets

22 February 2012

These blankets are designed to coordinate with the Simple Lines Baby Hats. They are simple with just a bit of elegant detail in several sizes.

Sizes:

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small1621.335.93305.33
Small20.2727.029.52489.89
Medium24.5332.7113.95717.87
Large28.838.419.22989.28
Extra Large33.0744.0925.341304.11


Gauge:

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
5 to 25 oz (260 to 1300 yards) of DK weight baby yarn
Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl

Squares:

Extra Small – Cast on 91
Small – Cast on 115
Medium – Cast on 139
Large – Cast on 163
Extra Large – Cast on 187

Row 1: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1
Rows 2-4: Repeat row 1 three times
Row 5: (k1, p1) twice, k5, * p1, k5, repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, (p1, k1) twice
Row 6: k1, p1, k1, purl across to last 3 stitches, k1, p1, k1
Rows 7 through 10: Repeat rows 5 and 6 two times
Row 11: Repeat row 1
Row 12: Repeat row 6
Repeat rows 5 through 12 until blanket is desired length ending with a row 10. Then work rows 1 through 4, cast off, finish off, secure and weave in end.

Vertical Stripes:

Extra Small – Cast on 90
Small – Cast on 114
Medium – Cast on 138
Large – Cast on 162
Extra Large – Cast on 186

Row 1: (k2, p2) across to last 2 stitches, k2
Row 2: (p2, k2) across to last 2 stitches, p2
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: Repeat row 1
Row 5: k2, p2, k9, * p1, k2, p1, k8, repeat from * across to last 5 stitches, k1, p2, k2
Row 6: p2, k2, purl across to last 4 stitches, k2, p2
Row 7: p2, k11, * p1, k2, p1, k8, repeat from * across to last 5 stitches, k3, p2
Row 8: k2, purl across to last 2 stitches, k2
Repeat rows 5 through 8 until blanket is desired length. Then work rows 1 through 4, cast off, finish off, secure and weave in end.

Edits:

1/22/2014 – changes to clarify portions to be repeated across the row.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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158 Comments to “Simple Lines Baby Blankets”

  1. these look beautiful cant wait to try, thanks!

  2. Gosh I just love these! Right up my alley simple..Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you for great patterns. Presentation is wonderful.

  4. Love these! One question…do you use one or two strands of yarn?

  5. Jackie Scavnicky

    Mama…I am somewhat of a beginner….and I am confused with row 5…..can you further explain to me what to repeat? Do I repeat the k5 (p1,K5) or just the p1,K5 in the brackets…thanks, Jackie

  6. Thank you so much for sharing the patterns to these beautiful baby blankets!!!

  7. Yarn suggestions for a baby boy?

    • I’m hoping some others with more fiber knowledge will jump in here with some ideas. The artificial fibers are better than they were years ago and wash well, keep their color and some are very soft. There are some great cottons for babies now, and organic cottons. The new bamboo blends are really nice, and bamboo tends to be stain resistent.

    • I use Cascade Cherub Aran yarns for my baby blankets. I’ve made 3 of them with this yarn. It’s very soft and is easy to use. It washes beautifully and is even softer after washing.

    • I used “I Love This Cotton” from Hobby Lobby on both of these blankets. Very inexpensive, plus it looks and feels absolutely wonderful.

  8. Shirley Milburne

    I can’t wait to knit these two baby blanket patterns. They are so cute and look so easy to knit. I am knitting baby blankets for gifts. Thank you do much. Shirley Milburne

  9. just saw it on the computer, I need to do different paterns.As my husbant is under hopice care and I have time to knit and crohet. to keep me busy.thank you for sharing these patterns

  10. these blankets are beautiful, I am looking forward to trying them. Thanks so much. I am certainly happy that it is a easy pattern as well. Thanks again.

  11. I just love the design of these baby blankets. I knit baby afghans all the time and will use these two patterns.

  12. I’ve gotten lazy in my old age and would love to make these for my GGs (Great Grans). Can you help me with the number of stitches to cast on in worsted weight to make a 36″ blanket? Math is not my forte :)

  13. Maureen Martinek

    Hello,
    I love the baby blanket designs and the fact that they come in different sizes. I have a question about the sizes though.

    A relative works in labor and delivery at a local hospital and the nurses would like very small (12 x12 or a bit larger to put in the rememberance boxes for parents who have lost a child before it was viable. I could use dishcloth patterns, but think using baby blanket designs with ‘baby yarn’ would be a lot more thoughtful.

    My problem is that I don’t know how to decrease a pattern if I need to make is smaller and there aren’t directions given about how many stitches are needed to make a row.

    I would appreciate any help with this so I can donate a part of my heart to the parents of deceased babies.

    Thank you.
    Maureen

    • Thank you so much for making these precious blankets. I have been making 15″ square blankets for my local hospice for the same purpose.

      These blankets are a multiple of 12 plus 6 or 7 respectively. Using the extra small size and subtracting 12 stitches will make a 13.75″ blanket. Subtracting 24 stitches will make a 11.5″ blanket.

  14. I love these designs. I knit scarves for the homeless here in Tulsa, Ok. Sometimes I take different patterns and adjust them for scarves. i also do baby items to be given out to the homeless during the holidays. Thanks.

  15. Would DK weight yarn be appropriate for these blankets? Or weight #3?

    • The measurements and yarn requirements given here are for DK/#3 yarn, but these could be made in other weights as well.

  16. I love the style ,thank you for sharing patterns

  17. Bernice Kritcher

    I love these blankets and can’t wat to start vertical stripe. The squares pattern is from an old Columbia Minerva book which I bought from a lady in knitting paradise because of the squares. I am making it in yellow. All blankets for charity and I love this site. Thanks very nuch!

  18. I’m a very, very new beginner knitter.In row5 of the vertical blanket what does
    the ( ) mean? Do you do the k2p2k9 then what? Thanks

    • Row 5: k2, p2, k9, (p1, k2, p1, k8) across to last 5 stitches, k1, p2, k2

      The stitches in the parentheses (p1, k2, p1, k8) are to be repeated across the row to the last 5 stitches.

  19. Oh My Goodness, these blankets are just gorgeous!!!! I can’t wait to try them!!!! Thank you for great detail in the directions.

  20. These blankets are lovely – cannot wait to try them out and give as gifts. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  21. Recently dropped off 3 baby blankets I had knitted recently. The ladies were very happy. They said they get alot of other baby items, but not very many blankets. I think the blankets are easier to do.

  22. Thank you so much for these patterns. They are so simple and elegant. I just found out that my neighbor’s daughter is pregnant. I went out tonight and purchased yarn for both blankets. Can’t wait to get started!

  23. I want to start this proyect as soon as possible, I love the idea that they have different sizes. I have two babies to give to. Thanks!

  24. Can’t wait to knit these! I have stash that I’ve been wondering what to do with. No new babies coming that I know of but there will be gifts when some do come along!!!!! Thank you.

  25. I am not sure what DK weight is. I see numbers 1-5 used on the labels.
    Thank you.

  26. Cant wait to knit these and to share the patterns with one of our ladies at knitting group as she loves knitting blankets.

  27. beautiful! looks like something i will definitely try. thanks so much!!!!!!

  28. Christine Herstein

    Can anyone recommend a brand of yarn that they have used for these blankets? I am so looking forward to making these. Thank you for the patterns

    • I would recommend Baby Soft from Lion Brand Yarn. If you want to use worsred weight yarn then I recommend Pound of Love from the same company. Happy Knitting!

  29. I love these blankets too. Am knitting one for our youth leaders who are expecting a baby girl. Am going to knit others for the City Missioin and for some pro-life org that provide blankest for single mothers

  30. This is easy and looks so beautiful. I am going to be a Grandma of twins. Thank you so much for sharing.

  31. What is the repeat for the vertical blanket? I’ll be using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky and was told to use a CO of 126 for a width of 36 inches. I’m trying to figure out what the repeat is but striking out. I think my brain went numb. Thanks.

  32. Thank you for this pattern. My husbands cousin and his wife are having their first baby in a few months and I have been looking for a baby aphgan to knit for them. This one is perfect for what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

  33. How simple and pretty. I am a very new knitter. What does it mean to “work rows 1-4.”

    Thanks!

  34. My knitting is mostly for charity projects. I think the simple lines baby blankets and hats will make a wonderful addition to my patterns for this purpose. They will make some extra special donations.

    I found you site easy to use.

    Thank You

  35. Question: I am making the small vertical stripe baby blanket and it says to cast on 114. Should it be 112 in order for the border to be even all the way around? I just started it but rows 5 and 7 don’t end evenly (I have to knit two more stitches before I finish the border). Is that how it is supposed to be or am I doing something wrong? I recounted and I definitely have 114 on my needle.

    Thank you.

    • Row 5: k2, p2, k9, (p1, k2, p1, k8) across to last 5 stitches, k1, p2, k2
      Row 7: p2, k11, (p1, k2, p1, k8) across to last 5 stitches, k3, p2

      These rows should work with the 114 stitches. The repeated sections have 12 stitches and in the case of the 114 cast on is repeated 8 times. So the repeated section is 12×8 = 96. Both of these rows have 13 stitches before the repeated section (2+2+9 = 13 and 2+11 = 13) and 5 stitches after the repeated section (1+2+2 = 5 and 3+2 = 5). So for both rows the total stitches are 13+96+5 = 114.

      • I am a beginner knitter. I have begun knitting the simple lines blanket with Red Heart Baby soft yarn on size five needles. After completing four inches I realized that my blanket’s right side is all purl stitches instead of knit. The knit side of the blanket does not look at all like the photo. It is lace looking with diagonal stitches between the vertical stripes. It looked great to me so I just kept going. I think I am following the pattern exactly but I must be doing something wrong. I used a long tail cast on. What am I doing wrong?

  36. I stumbled across your web-site by just looking for a pattern such as yours…… the pattern is very simple in design and style and is just what I was looking for, to knit for a baby boy. Thank you ! Sincerely , Judy

  37. Marsha Deutch-Eisenberg

    Thank you for the beautiful patterns that I came upon by looking for something else…what a lucky find indeed. I can’t wait to try these pattern.
    Marsha

  38. Elizabeth Cruise

    I just love these blankets. I am going to print the pattern off and take it to my knitting class and see if I am ready to do one. I can hardly wait. Thank you

  39. I think the patterns are very lovely. I could not print out the picture of the 2 blankets. I think the background was to light for my printer. Please send more pattersn of the simple nature. Just learning.

  40. Hello! Well, I took on the project. Decided to make it a little bigger. A total of 245 stitches wide. I decided to do the vertical stripes. Except when I started I was using, without realizing it, the other pattern. By the time I realized it I had 3 rows done and with the width, it means a couple of hours in already. So I thought I could make it work since this was just the border, but now that I got to row 5 to 8, I’m confused. Do you think I can make this work and if so, what do I have to change??? I know this is a modification, but maybe it’s not as hard as I think to make it work. I would be forever grateful for the help, if not, I’ll understand…

    Thanks
    Suzanne

  41. I just looked at the patterns and nope, that won’t work, the vertical stripe as an even number of stitches and the squares as an odd number…So I guess my choices are taking it apart and start over or just go with the squares…
    Thanks anyway!

    • I think you could make the change but would have changes on every row since they have different boarders. Sorry about that. :(

  42. I made the blankets for the hospital nursery and love the patterns.
    Do you have hat patterns to match?
    THANKS, Bee

  43. materials states 5 to 20 oz(260 to 1300yards)of dk weight baby yarn.I’m new to this so how much is that?could you suggest a name brand to use?

    • I added a chart that gives ounces and yards for the different sizes. When you decide on a yarn, the label should give you at least one of these.

      I like Lion Brand and Bernat yarns. They are available in a lot of chain stores and perform well. They also each offer a variety of baby yarns in different fibers.

  44. Hello, I’m using number 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. I want to make a small baby blanket. Because its worsted do I need to change anything or should I just use the pattern normally.

    • The blanket would look best if worked with the size needles recommended on the yarn. You can adjust the size based on the gage given on the yarn. The cast on for both blankets is a multiple of 12, adding 7 for the squares and 6 for the vertical stripes. If you’d like me to calculate the cast on numbers, let me know the gage of the yarn and what width blanket you’d like to make.

  45. I’m knitting the vertical stripes blanket with 138 stitches. My problem is in row 5, as follows:

    Row 5: k2, p2, k9, (p1, k2, p1, k8) across to last 5 stitches, k1, p2, k2

    Do I knit as is or do I continue with Row 5: k2, p2, k9, to last 5 stitches, k1, p2, k2?

    • First complete the k2, p2, k9 – 13 stitches
      Then repeat the p1, k2, p1, k8 across the row – 12 stitches repeated 10 times – 120 stitches
      That will leave 5 stitches at the end of the row for the k1, p2, k2

  46. When you say 7 through 10 repeat 5 and 6 two times
    do i repeat 5 two times and then 6 two times or do I do 5 then 6 then 5 then 6

    Thank hoping to get an answer soon would like to knit this very nice blanket

  47. I love both of these blankets, and I plan on making them both as I have a new grandson and a granddaughter is due in December; My daughters want a “soft fuzzy” blanket so I bought serenity sprinkles.The gage on the package is for a 4×4 use size 11 needles, 11 stitches and 15 rows. Can you tell me if you would stay with this size needles and how many stitches for a small and a medium blanket?
    Thanks!! Appreciate your advice and wonderful blanket patterns.
    Judy

    • I would use the size needles recommended on the yarn, because that will usually give you the best looking result.

      For a 20″ width, cast on 54 stitches for the vertical stripes and 55 for the squares.

      For a 24″ width, cast on 66 stitches for the vertical stripes and 67 for the squares.

  48. I would like to knit the vertical stripe blanket.
    I see a border in the picture, but doesn’t seem like it’s in the directions.

    Is it added on after the blanket is done, or could I do a garter stitch border and add on the additional stitches for each row?

    Susan

  49. Hi, love the patterns for baby blankets. Is the border, which looks like moss stitch, included in instructions for the squares blanket? If so it will be the easiest blanket I will ever make, as just knitting one now & having to knit border seperately. Thanks

  50. Regarding simple lines baby blankets – Bought Bernat Baby Sport – pattern says I need 19.22 ozs or 989.28 yds – bought 1 xlg ball weighing 10.5 oz. but contains 1077 yds. Enough yard wise, but weight is only 1/2 – Do you think I should purchase another ball -

    • My examples and therefore charts were based on cotton yarn which is heavier than acrylic. You should be safe just going by yardage.

  51. I’m pretty new to knitting and all I’ve ever done so far are dishcloths. How do you fit 100+ stitches on the needle? I don’t even think my longer needles would fit that. Do you have to use one of the circular needles and just use them the same way you would regular needles?
    I’ve been perfectly happy making dishcloths to give out as gifts, but my first grandbaby is on it’s way and I’d love to give my daughter a baby blanket. Your patterns look simple enough even for me. Thanks!

  52. Love these two patterns! Can’t wait to start knitting!!

  53. I Love these patterns and want to start the vertical stripe one for my first grandchild due in May! Would I just buy circular needle in the size indicated and follow the pattern as is?

    • If you already have straight needles, they will usually accomodate baby blanket sizes. I personally just prefer circular needles myself.

  54. Thanks so so much for sharing these patterns. I’m about to make the vertical striped one with sport weight alpaca held double stranded. I HOPE that will work because that’s all I have to knit with.

  55. Hi
    I love these blankets and would like to use debbie bliss baby cashmerino (I have a stash) and size 3.5 needles (size 4 US). Could you let me know how to adpat the pattern
    Thank you very much

  56. I love these two patterns!! I am expecting a baby boy and want to make him one of each. I was wondering if it would look ok to use the yarn that is multi coloured and changes colours as you go or is it better to use a solid colour?
    Thank you for sharing these patterns!!
    ~Sarah

    • On Ravelry I have seen some that were made in the variagated type yarns. They have a different look than a solid color, but they look very nice.

  57. I love the Squares blanket, I am expecting my first baby 3/3 and started this blanket about a month ago after searching for something easy to knit that didn’t look too easy. I modified the pattern to use two different colors as I had bought yarn for a different pattern that I ended up not liking, it is turning out quite well as the border and edges around the squares are grey and inside the squares are yellow. Just wanted to thank you for the great directions as they are very easy to follow and I would def not have been able to incorporate two colors had the directions not been written so well :)

  58. So simple but really lovely. Thanks so much for sharing. How nice to have all the sizes. I have made them in DK and Worsted weights and love both.

    Linda

  59. do u have any dish cloth patterson with sister or any thing to do with sis i have 1 with my mom my friend i would love to have a patterson like that for my sisters if u could help please hope to here from u

  60. Row 1: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1
    Rows 2-4: Repeat row 1 three times
    These 4 rows appear to be a ribbing. The picture shows a seed stich for border. Am I reading this wrong?
    Just found this pattern and it is lovely and yes would be nice for hospital donations for their preemies and others as well.

    • Row 1 ends with a knit. When you turn for row 2 it is a purl. Since row 2 begins with a knit, you are putting knits in purls and purls in knits, so, yes, it is seed stitch.

  61. I am on the last 4 rows of the square blanket pattern, when I get to the row for casting off, which row pattern do I use? Row 1, 2, etc. it was my first blanket in years and I loverd making it for my new grandson due in May!

  62. Finished the blanket and it looks great. Now, do you have any simple patterns for baby booties?

  63. I just started making the vertical stripes pattern and I love it. I am making it with a bright yellow.

  64. I am making the striped one, but would like to make a seed stitch border at the top and bottom with (K1, P1) 3 times on each end (similar to the square pattern but wider). For the striped one, you cast on an odd number of stitches but for the square with the border you use an even number. If I am doing the striped one, I know I need an odd number of stitches, but can’t figure out how many stitches I need to add to get the wider border of seed stitching.

    I think I’m correct in assuming I would end at least the first (and other odd rows) of K1, P1 seed stitch border row in K1, but just get more and more confused as I try to figure it out. Could use your help!

    • Cast on 4 more stitches than I call for for the size you want.

      Row 1: (k1, p1) across to the end
      Row 2: (p1, k1) across to the end
      Row 3: Repeat row 1
      Row 4: Repeat row 2
      Repeat rows 1 and 2 as many times as you like for as wide a border as you’d like to have.
      Row 5: (k1, p1) three times, k9, (p1, k2, p1, k8) across to last 7 stitches, k1, (k1, p1) three times
      Row 6: (p1, k1) three times, purl across to last 6 stitches, (p1, k1) three times

      Repeat rows 5 and 6 until the blanket is the desired length, then repeat rows 1 and 2 for a border.

  65. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your beautiful patterns. I have made both the squares and vertical stripe blankets and hats in several sizes and colors and the recipients absolutely loved them. Again, thanks for the opportunity to expand my pattern base. I knit blankets/hats for all the new babies at our church – 8 so far and three more on the way that I know of. I look forward to trying more of your patterns in the future.

  66. Am I the only one whose hem is rolling? I’m 5 or 6 inches in. Do I rip it out and make it a wider edge? I’m thinking making it 10 rows would prevent the rolling.
    Or, can I block it at the end?

    • Some yarns tend to roll more than others. Blocking will almost always cure it. If a yarn tends to roll, a wider edge will probably not prevent it.

  67. I’m starting on the above blanket and when I went to the yarn Store to get some pink baby yarn, they said that DK weight baby yarn is #3 weight. Is this right because it is only 3 ply and your post said 8 ply… Am i misunderstanding something? They said that I couwhat was unopened… Help, please! I haven’t knitted in years and I’m panicing and frustrated! My Grandchild came extra early!

    • Go by the #3 weight rather than the ply. Yes, DK is #3 weight which is called Light weight. The ply can vary depending on how thick or thin the ply is.

  68. How do I cast on 91 stitches? My straight needle will only fit 60 on one. I am a beginner btw

    • When knitting something larger than what will fit on a straight needle, you can use a circular needle. Circular needles come in various lengths, 29″ being a popular size for knitting blankets and other larger items.

  69. hi.
    i would love to make the simple lines baby blanket, i would like to use patons beehive dk, tricot double yarn, since i have 10 skeins that i bought many years ago. only problem is i would like to make this into a throw size like 50×55 if possible…could you pls tell me if this yarn would work and if i haver enought, it’s 1-3/4 oz…i would use sie 6 needles. also i dont know how many to c.o…..if you can help in any way, i would appreciated it so much! thanks!!

    • The best way to compare yarns is yards since weights differ so much by fiber. Since that yarn doesn’t give yards, I found a yarn of like weight and fiber content and it was 130 yards for 50 g. That seemed reasonable to me. For a 50 by 55 inch blanket it would take 2460 yards, so 19 of those skeins. The biggest you could make it with 1300 yards is the extra large size I have on the pattern.

  70. as a beginner, im struggling with reading and understanding how patterns are written. i would LOVE to make this for a family member that is due in january. my biggest confusion with this pattern is the “squares” and “vertical stripes”. will i be casting on 10 times? how big will the finished product be? thanks in advance for any help you provide. im very excited about knitting and can’t wait to make things for loved ones, just like my grandmother did.

    • There is a chart at the top of the pattern with five sizes. The chart gives the finished dimensions of the five sizes, so use it to decide what size you want to make. Then decide if you want to make the squares version or the vertical stripes version. In the instructions for the blanket you want to make you will find the amount to cast on for the size you want to make.

  71. Though simple, these blankets are beautiful and fun to make.
    Thank you.

  72. I made this for a friend and she is in love, love, love with how stretchy it is! I did the vertical stripes version with a self striping yarn and it gave it a very soft plaid feel. So sweet! Thanks for the great pattern. Perfect TV/car riding knitting!

  73. Your blanket patterns are so appreciated by me as I am a beginner in need of something I could really enjoy knitting something so beautiful and have fun while doing it. I knit
    with a group who donates to cancer patients. Thank you
    for sharing this pattern with me.

  74. Hi,
    I have just starting knitting again after decades of doing other crafts. I Love these blankets. I purchased the yarn to begin, but some of my knitting group members told me that it will take me forever due to the weight of the yarn and needle size. I was disappointed as I have a new nephew due in January. Looking for advice. So many positive comments, but no one has said that they were months in the making. HELP!!

    • It really depends on your knitting speed. If you are generally a fast knitter, these are fast because they don’t have a lot of extra complicated movements like a cable or lace would have. If you think it will take too long, you can double up your yarn, using bigger needles and cast on fewer stitches.

  75. Heather,
    Your quick reply was so appreciated. I’d like to make the large and if I double the yarn, how many stitches and what size needles would you recommend? You seem so gifted on the math ;-) . Thanks much!

    • Doubling DK yarn becomes roughly equivalent to Bulky weight yarn, so 10-1/2 needles (6.5mm) with a gauge of 15 stitches per inch.

      Cast on for the squares is always one more than the cast on for vertical stripes -
      A cast on of 103/102 would be 27.2″ wide.
      A cast on of 115/114 would be 30.4″ wide.

  76. Hello,
    I am working on the blanket with squares and I am confused when I get to the rows 7-10. I saw that I should repeat row 5, row 6, row 5 and row 6. Do I need to repeat that again? I tried before and the pattern started to switch. I am not sure if this step could be the cause. Thank you very much!

    • The repeat of this pattern is rows 5-12 which is 8 rows. The wrong side rows (the even rows) are all like row 6, the edging and just purls across to the other edge. For the odd rows, row 5, 7 and 9 are all like row 5. They are the bodies of the squares, so there are 5 knits between the single purl stitches. Then row 11 forms the edge between the squares by having alternating knits and purls across the row.

      The repeat –
      Row 5 – Row 5
      Row 6 – Row 6
      Row 7 – Row 5
      Row 8 – Row 6
      Row 9 – Row 5
      Row 10 – Row 6
      Row 11 – Row 1
      Row 12 – Row 6

  77. I also have two Great-Grand-Nieces due – one this month and the other in April. I love these blankets and want to know if I fan substitute Caron Natura One Pound Yarn, 100% acryllic.
    Thanks, Lil

    • Sorry I do not uncerstand the comment on my querie “awaiting moderation” – please clarify, or just provide me your answer. Also I failed to ask if the finished blankets should be launsered before wrapping an infant.

      • “awaiting moderation” just means that your comments aren’t automatically posted. I have to approve them.

        I would advise washing the blanket to remove chemicals used in manufacturing and encountered in storage and shipment.

        • Thanks, Mama – I shall be sure to wash the blankets in a non-allergenic soap before wrapping them for my upcoming “precious bundles of joy!”

          Lil

    • You can and I’m sure that would be very nice.

  78. My mom, who has since passed, taught me to knit very simple things.So anything I knit, I try to figure out for myself. I have a very hard time following a pattern because the way they say to do it. I do so much better following a pattern! I however find your work to be very easy to follow and I thank you for taking the time for us who are not so good at doing this.After I make this, I was wondering if you have a baby sweater that is simple to make and the instructions are easy to read and follow? Im going to be a great Mimi in May and want to be able to do this!!! Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully you will have an easy to follow pattern for me to make my great grandson his first baby blanket.Again I thank you for the easy to follow patterns for the blankets!!!

  79. Thank you so much for the great pattern.

  80. I haven’t started my blanket yet, but I can tell from reading the comments/questions and your answers that this is going to be a wonderful project! You write patterns very well, respond to questions and are in my opinion. ….a knitting genius! Thank you.

  81. Thank you for sharing such a simple baby blanket. Love them! I am having an issue with the x-large square blanket. I cast on 187 and the first 4 rows were fine but row 5 had 3 stitches that didn’t make any sense. These were stitches right before the last 4. Please help!

    • The first 9 stitches are just worked at the beginning of the row and the 6 stitches – p1, k5 – are what is repeated across the row. I can see how it can be taken the other way from how I have written it. I’m going to change the directions to try to make them more clear. I’m sorry they weren’t clear.

  82. With a size 6 aluminum straight knitting needle how many stitches do u cast on the knitting needle please reply back to me.I want to make a baby afghan.

    • What size do you want to make? I have written this pattern for size 6, so you can go by my chart for size and the cast on amounts are given in the instructions for each size.

  83. Love these patterns. Knitted them for our knit for charity group and had many positive comments.

  84. Thanks so very much, Heather. You created these lovely baby blankets and then so generously replied to questions. I’m so glad I clicked on the patterns and will come back to your blog. Riv

  85. Both of the simple lines baby blankets look beautiful. Could I make them using Plymouth Encore in a drifting color pattern using #7 circular needles? I have 800 yards of the 100 gram yarn to use. What would CO be?

  86. Hi,
    I’m a new knitter and am just learning to understand patterns and materials.
    Do you use straight or circular needles? I am making a cowl neck scarf on the circular needles and somehow got the work twisted so I want to be sure I have options with other needles.
    Thanks

    • You can definitely use straight needles for the smaller sizes. It gets harder to knit the larger sizes on straight needles.

  87. These patterns are beautiful! I would like to do a large size as a small throw, using alpaca yarn. Can I just go by the yardage, as far as how much is required, and do I use the same size needles? Thank you for both the patterns, and for your responses to all the questions. Very informative.

    • I suggest using the needle size that the yarn you use recommends. If you let me know what yarn you want to use and what dimensions you would like to make, I can calculate yardage and cast on for you.

  88. Hi, thanks for the pattern. @Mama, please could you advise what “*” means in the pattern? I don’t understand what that means, and what you’re supposed to do. Thanks, J

    • Row 5: (k1, p1) twice, k5, * p1, k5, repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, (p1, k1) twice

      In this example, when you reach the instruction “repeat from *”, repeat from the first * to the second * across to stitches indicated, in this case, the last 4 stitches. So you will repeat p1, k5 across to the last 4 stitches.

  89. Just finished both hats and love them. Anxious to make the blankets to match. Thanks for these adorable patterns!

  90. Carol Facey-Crowther

    Quick question— Just getting ready to cast off the squares blanket—- by the way it is gorgeous!!!! Do I cast off doing all K stitches or do I cast off K-P.

  91. I want to make the striped blanket but want a square equivalent to the large size length. Can you advise how to adjust the pattern? I might be working in the worsted 4 ply since it is readily available.
    Thanks~

  92. Hello Mama:

    I wanted to tell you how much I admire your generosity of spirit and of your time. You have all the patience of my own dear mother, now gone, and you seem not to mind answering the most involved questions from newbies and experiences knitters alike. Thank you for your lovely patterns and your beautiful and creative spirit. You are a jewel among Mama’s.

  93. THESE ARE GREAT

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