I stumbled across this fun little stash-bustable blanket pattern and thought it was extremely shareable. It’s worked completely in garter stitch, which means it’s a great primer for anyone who’s up for learning short rows (intermediate beginner level) and knitting that’s easy on the grey matter. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash, which is great because it’s soft, easy to work with, washable, and it comes in a zillion different colours. yarn, you can also opt for Berroco Vintage. If you want a sturdier The pattern isn’t a freebie, but it’s very affordable and the proceeds of sales go to refugee relocation organizations (details are in the pattern notes, but there’s also some moving information on this subject in the comments).
Short Row Hack
Mark your short row turns by putting a Locking Stitch Marker or Calabash Pin in the turning stitch – it is SO MUCH EASIER to find that little stitch when there’s a plastic thingy hanging off it.
40″ x 40″, but the size is completely and easily adaptable.
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DMC Natura XL is a bulky weight, machine washable 100% cotton yarn, and is especially great for baby & kid projects, fast sweaters, blankets pillows and afghans, as well as crocheted baskets and other home decor projects.
We just finished a VERY quick & satisfying summer quickie, our Instant Gratification Cardi! We used a thick & quick cotton, DMC Natura XL, and 8mm/US11 needles – can’t go wrong with big needles! Also, because the yarn is thicker than the one the pattern was originally conceived with, we went down about 4″ in size (we made the 34″ size and got a 38″ size). If you want the sleeves longer, definitely buy an extra skein of yarn.
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Ombre Baby Blanket
FINALLY finished, this sensational looking baby blanket is a great pattern for knitters of all skill levels (especially beginners)! It’s worked in one piece, and is made completely in garter stitch (knitting every row). It makes use of a soft and lovely, yet unassuming yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, and the colour gradations are created by holding 2 strands together and intermittently changing colours (don’t be scared, it’s EASY). All instructions are written clearly and explicitly, so beginners can tick off the rows as they go.
We just finished a Chevron Baby Blanket made with Cascade Avalon and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried to choose colours that were fairly neutral without being heavy on the yellows and greens. If you’re looking for colour inspiration check out all of the finished projects on Ravelry, there’s always lots to look at in there.
The Cascade Avalon feels great as a baby blanket, it’s soft, wool-free, totally vegan, and feels soft and cosy (kind of like the outside of your favourite sweatshirt) knitted up. It’s also totally washable: machine-wash cool, tumble dry low. This is very important to me because I like projects to have some longevity, I put time and energy into them and I want them to be used for a long time and wear well (within reason, a well-loved baby blanket will hopefully see some wear). Let’s face it, babies are messy creatures, parents are short on sleep, and hand-wash knits INEVITABLY end up in the machine. Cascade Avalon is also a good price, at $8.97 per skein, the project comes in under $45 (not including needles or taxes). You’ll also have enough yarn left over to make a baby hat or two (you can find the yardage we used in our Project Notes).
Cascade Avalon: 1 skein in each of 5 colours (we used 01 white, 02 silver, 16 blue radiance , 17 enamel blue, 25 georgia peach)
5mm/US8 needles (or larger if you are a tight knitter)
I love the simplicity of this blanket, for either a baby, throw, or a bedspread – plus it’s a super simple project for beginners. There is a great tutorial on weaving in ends on garter stitch HERE.
We recommend using a basic, superwash Peruvian wool yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash, or if you want something a bit fancier, we like the super soft, plush and machine washable, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Rios– both are available in our bricks & mortar and online store.
Cascade 220 Superwash: 6 ball 817 Aran, and 1 of each: 1950 Hunter Green, 877 Golden, 893 Ruby, 885 In the Navy (or for a slightly brighter palette try 864 Christmas Green, 821 Daffodil, 809 Really Red, and 885 In the Navy)
Malabrigo Rios: 6 skeins 063 Natural, and 1 skein of each: 033 Cereza, 096 Sunset, 128 Fresco Y Seco, 150 Azul Profundo.
Berroco Vintage: 6 skeins 5101 Mochi, and 1 of each: 5151 Cardinal, 5121 Sunny, 5152 Mistletoe, 5143 Dark Denim.
Cascade Avalon: 6 skeins 01 White or 30 Ecru, and 1 skein of each: 38 Deep Blue, 04 Crimson, 10 Artisan’s Gold, 13 Treetop.
Normally I wait until projects are finished to play show-and-tell, but this one is working up so beautifully, I had to share. The pattern is my “go-to” baby blanket, the very simple Big Bad Baby Blanket from the book Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller, and the yarn is Koigu KPPPM in colour P112. When it comes to patterns like this, complex colourways absolutely SING! You can, of course, substitute other superwash fingering weight yarns (see below for suggestions).
Stitch ‘n Bitch has been out for quite a while. If you don’t already have it on your bookshelf but you don’t want it new, you can probably pick a used copy for a reasonable price from ABE Books, or find it at your local library (my library, the Toronto Public Libray, has it as an ebook and several hard copies).
I love the simplicity of this baby blanket. It looks great, and I think it’s perfect for novices and experienced knitters alike. It would look amazing in a hand-painted yarn like Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino wool), or equally elegant with Cascade 220 Superwash (100% machine washable Peruvian wool), Berroco Vintage (superwash wool-synthetic blend), or a washable cotton-synthetic blend like Cascade Avalon. Heathered colours are always well received.
approximately 35” x 36” or 87.5cm x 90 cm (or block it larger)