Exploding Flower Baby Blanket

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I still had a mountain of the ugly orangy-pink yarn, so I decided to make a second version of the flower baby blanket pattern. This uses the same yarn, needle sizes, gauge, etc, just a variation on the theme. Despite making two blankets, I still have enough of this yarn to make a third. It's like a terrible all-you-can-eat restaurant. Sure, there's more, but do you really want it? I might have found someone on Ravelry that's interested in taking the rest off my hands, in exchange for a couple patterns that would bring far more joy into my life.

knit baby blanket
knit baby blanket

Exploding Flower Baby Blanket

Size

32"x32"

Gauge

18 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials

  • 300 grams (3 skeins) Cascasde 220 wool or similar worsted weight yarn (100 grams, 220 yards)
  • Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
  • Size 8 (5mm) 60" circular needles
  • Darning needle

Abbreviations

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • K2tog – knit 2 together
  • Ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise and k2tog
  • Sl, k2tog, psso – Slip on st to the right needle, k2tog, pass slip stitch over
  • K1f&b - Knit 1 in the front and back of the stitch
  • K tbl - Knit through back loop
  • YO - Yarn over
  • PM - Place marker

Notes

Throughout pattern, slip markers as you come to them.

Switch to longer circulars when needed.

This blanket is knit using the magic loop method, (video)

Some knitters have reported the center portion of the flower puckering up a bit. To avoid this, you may want to knit the "Center Flower" section on smaller needles.

A knitter created a video showing how to knit the first 4 rows on DPNs.

Directions

Cast on 8 sts using the disappearing loop method (another tutorial!). Pull the cable through so you have 4 sts on each needle.

CENTER FLOWER

Work the following instructions four times on each round. If you choose to use DPNs, you would work the instructions below once on each of the four needles. Using the magic loop, as I did, I recommend placing a marker to designate where the pattern ends.

  1. K, 2yo, k
  2. K2, p, k
  3. K2, yo, k2
  4. K2, k1f&b, k2
  5. K2, yo, k2, yo, k2
  6. Knit
  7. K2, yo, k4, yo, k2
  8. K3, k2tog, ssk, k3
  9. Yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2
  10. K3, k2tog, k1, k1f&b, k1, ssk, k2
  11. K tbl, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo
  12. K4, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, ssk, ssk, yo, k3
  13. K tbl, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2, k1f&b, k2, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo
  14. K8, yo, ssk, ssk, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k5
  15. K tbl, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k1, sl1, k3tog, psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo
  16. Knit
  17. K tbl, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo
  18. Knit
  19. K tbl, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo
  20. Knit
  21. K tbl, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo
  22. Knit
  23. K tbl, yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k9, yo
  24. Knit
  25. K tbl, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k10, yo
  26. Knit

PETALS

Work the following pattern between each marker.

  1. Ktbl, *yo, k tbl, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 1 st before marker, yo, k tbl, yo, slip marker.
  2. Knit
  3. Ktbl, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts before marker, yo, k3, yo, slip marker.
  4. Knit
  5. Ktbl, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, slip marker.
  6. Knit
  7. Ktbl, *yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, k5, yo, slip marker.
  8. Knit
  9. Ktbl, *yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 7 sts before marker, yo, k7, yo, slip marker.
  10. Knit
  11. Ktbl, *yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso* Repeat from * to * until 9 sts before marker, yo, k9, yo, slip marker.
  12. Knit
  13. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, ssk, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  14. Knit

Work the following pattern between each marker.

Stockinette rounds - Alternate increase and even round for ten total rounds.

  • Increase round: Ktbl, yo, k until marker, yo, slip marker.
  • Even round: Knit

Then work a zig zag edge. This is slightly different from the petal round, in that two rounds differ, but isn't any harder.

  1. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, k2tog, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  2. Knit
  3. Ktbl, *yo, k tbl, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 1 st before marker, yo, k tbl, yo, slip marker.
  4. Knit
  5. Ktbl, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts before marker, yo, k3, yo, slip marker.
  6. Knit
  7. Ktbl, *yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, k5, yo, slip marker.
  8. Knit
  9. Ktbl, *yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 7 sts before marker, yo, k7, yo, slip marker.
  10. Knit
  11. Ktbl, *yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso* Repeat from * to * until 9 sts before marker, yo, k9, yo, slip marker.
  12. Knit
  13. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, ssk, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  14. Knit

Repeat rounds 1-14 again, and then work one more set of stockinette rounds.

Work 4 rounds in seed stitch (I didn't do increase on the corners this time), and bind off in pattern.

free knit blanket pattern
free knit blanket pattern