Friends. Please go have babies. My backlog of baby gifts is getting concerning. I'm two blankets away from crossing the line from 'being prepared' to 'stockpiling'. The destash purge continues, and I knocked out six skeins of some of the oldest yarn in my stash. I might have had to buy 3 more to do this project, but I'm netting out ahead. I actually knit this using Rowan RYX Luxury Cotton yarn, but I'm suggesting Cascade 220 as an alternative for a couple reasons. It's cheaper, easier to find, and I think it'll hold up better. The Rowan is very nice and drapey (it has silk in it), but let's be real - even the most speshul snowflake baby doesn't need a silk blanket.I just really wanted to use up this yarn.
I am considering doing another version of this blanket doing each stripe a different color. Being seven stripes, it's begging to be made into a rainbow.
18 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
- Main color - 300 grams (3 skeins) Cascasde 220 wool or similar worsted weight yarn (100 grams, 220 yards)
- Contrast color - 200 grams (2 skeins) Cascade 220 wool
- Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
- Size 8 (5mm) 60" circular needles
- Stitch markers
- Darning needle
- K – Knit
- P – Purl
- YO - Yarn over
- K2tog - Knit 2 together
- PM - Place marker
Throughout pattern, slip markers as you come to them.
Switch to longer circulars when needed.
This blanket is knit using the magic loop method.
Where indicated on the knit rounds, you'll move the markers one stitch to the left. This is to keep the corners in the same place.
Repeat the patterns four times per round
With main color, cast on 16 sts using the disappearing loop method. Pull the cable through so you have 8 sts on each needle. This is the most finicky part of the blanket, so if you find a different cast on easier, substitute.
Setup: Knit 4, PM
Main color: Repeat increase and even round 6 times.
- Increase round: K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
- Even round: Knit around
Stripes: Attach contrast color.
- Round 1: K1, yo, knit to marker, yo, slip marker
- Round 2: Purl all stitches
- Round 3: Repeat round 1
- Round 4: K2, *yo, k2tog*
- Round 5: Repeat round 1
- Round 6: Purl (On the final repeat, bind off purl-wise)
Attach main color and repeat from the start of main pattern 6 more times, being sure to bind off on the final round.