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Below is a close-up of the blanket.

free knit baby blanket pattern

Cotton Chenille Baby Blanket

Knit with Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille,
100% cotton held double.

Design Note: There are more than 70 colors of Cotton Chenille available - this baby blanket is made from solid and 2 printed colors. An infinite number of color combinations are possible! I made this for a baby boy.

Size: 27" wide x 42" long.

Materials:
12 - 50 gr. skeins of Cotton Chenille held double.
For the boy's blanket in the photo I used:

1 each: 9008, 1404, 4519, 9578
2 each: 2615, 5638, 6130, 412

[Note: Hold back 1 skein of each color when you have 2 balls of the color to spread through the second half of the blanket to help distribute colors.]
Size 11 - 36" circular CPY Bamboo needles or 40" DAISY Needles

Gauge: 10 sts/4 inches (10 com) in garter stitch with Cotton Chenille doubled. Gauge is not crucial.

Abbreviations: CO=Cast On, BO=Bind Off, K=knit, K2tog = knit two sts together, rem=remaining, rep=repeat, st(s)=stitch(es), YO=yarn over

You knit from one corner diagonally to make this baby blanket. First you inc on one edge, then you inc on one edge and dec on the other and finally you dec on one edge. The entire blanket is worked in garter st (K all rows).

Note on Color Changes: All yarn is doubled and every few rows one color is dropped and a new color added. Changing only one color at a time allows the colors to flow into each other and avoid hard lines of stripes. Thus if you a color sequence could be: AB pair, then BC pair, then CD pair, then AD and so on so that each color is paired with at least two colors in sequence before being dropped. See the detail photo at lower right.

When changing colors be sure to carry the new yarn, plus 2 previous yarns together for at least 3-4 stitches to lock the yarns together.

Instructions

Increase Section: 
CO 4 sts
Row 1: K2, YO, K to end of row
Row 2: Rep Row 1 until 105 sts on needle.

Middle Section:
Place marker or contrasting color of yarn loop on furthest side edge, this will be the decrease edge.
At the beg of every row without marker, cont to increase as in first section of blanket.
At the beg of every row with marker, decrease as described just below in the "Decrease Section".
[You will continue to have 105 sts on your needle throughout this middle section.]

When the long side of the blanket measures ____ inches, begin the Dec Section below where you will dec at the beg of every row.

Decrease Section:
Row 1: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog & K to end of row.
Row 2: Rep Row 1 until 4 sts rem and BO firmly

Trim loose ends from color changes.

Designed and Knit by Susan Druding for her first grandson, due in March 2006.

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. & Susan Druding - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Cotton Chenille are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

Retail shops in the USA should contact CPY Wholesale for information on purchasing Crystal Palace Yarns and email cpyinfo @ straw.com .

or write to:
Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809

Last revision of this page February 07, 2012