From the first car journey to an outing in a buggy, a knitted blanket will accompany a baby wherever they go. In this bright geometric design, the repeating pattern of increases and decreases worked in playful stripes creates a striking chevron motif afghan from 35 Knitted Baby Blankets by Laura Strutt.
Mirasol Pima Kuri light worsted (DK) weight yarn (100% cotton; 208yds/190m per 3½oz/100g ball) 1 ball of shade 14 Green (A)
1 ball of shade 06 Midnight Pearl (B)
1 ball of shade 03 Picket Fence (C)
1 ball of shade 11 Darling Lilac (D)
1 ball of shade 12 Raspberry Blush (E)
US 6 (4mm) knitting needles
22in (56cm) x 29½in (75cm)
20 sts x 25 rows to measure 4in (10cm) over chevron pattern on US 6 (4mm) needles after blocking
DPN Double-pointed needles
k2tog Knit 2 stitches together (decrease 1)
k3tog Knit 3 stitches together (decrease 2)
kfb Knit into the front then back of one stitch (increase 1)
psso Pass slipped stitch over
pm Place marker
p2tog Purl 2 stitches together (decrease 1)
p3tog Purl 2 stitches together (decrease 2)
RS Right side
skpo Slip 1 stitch, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (decrease 1)
sm Slip marker
ssk Slip 1 stitch knitwise, slip the next stitch knitwise, knit both these stitches together through the back loop (decrease 1)
st st Stockinette (stocking) stitch
WS Wrong side
yo Yarn over needle
Creating stripes leaves a lot of yarn ends to weave in at the end of the work—try carrying them for a few stitches at the back of the work to make the ﬁ finishing process easier.
For the Afghan
Using Yarn A and US 6 (4mm) needles, cast on 131 sts.
Row 1 (RS): *K1, yo, k4, k2tog, skpo, k4, yo; rep from* to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Rows 3–12: Rep Rows 1–2 a further 5 times.
Rows 13–24: Change to Yarn B and rep Rows 1–12.
Rows 25–36: Change to Yarn C and rep Rows 1–12.
Rows 37–48: Change to Yarn D and rep Rows 1–12.
Rows 49–60: Change to Yarn E and rep Rows 1–12. Rep
Rows 1–60 once more then Rows 1–59 only again. (179 rows worked in total)
Bind (cast) off loosely purlwise.
Making Up and Finishing
Weave in all loose ends and block to measurements, taking care to pin out the chevron points at the top and bottom of the afghan.
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