Striped Baby Blanket
A MOREHOUSE MERINO ORIGINAL PATTERN
Blanket 32” x 34”
(measured after washing and blocking);
booties & hat are for newborns to 6 months
6 skeins of Morehouse Merino 3-Strand
(worsted weight) in 4 soft colors:
3 skeins in main color (A),
1 skein each in 3 soft colors (B, C & D)
#10 or #10½ for blanket
#5 or #6 for booties & hat
Blanket 3½ stitches = 1 inch over garter stitch
Booties and hat 4½ stitches = 1 inch
Start with color A, your main color, and cast on
80 stitches using #10 or #10½ needle. *Switch to color B (any color can be
B, C or D) and knit 2 rows. Back to color A and knit 2 rows.
Switch to color C and knit 2 rows. Back to color A and knit 2 rows.
Then switch to D and knit 2 rows. Back to color A and knit 2 rows.
Repeat from * until you have 200 rows. Do not break off yarn after
each stripe, just pull up next yarn color loosely at edge of blanket.
Bind off loosely.
Border around blanket: With color A, pick up stitches at bottom
(beginning of blanket). Pick up 1 stitch per stitch on blanket.
Work 8 rows as follows: knit to last stitch, increase 1 stitch,
then knit last stitch (the increase at end of each row will create
a mitered edge on border, and after completing borders on all four sides,
you will then sew the corners together). Bind off loosely after
completing 8 rows. Pick up stitches where you ended blanket
(at bind off) and repeat border. Now pick up stitches along side
of blanket: pick up 1 stitch per 2 rows and repeat the 8 rows for
border. Repeat at other side. Then sew mitered corners together.
Finishing: Soak blanket in warm water for a few minutes. Squeeze out
as much water as possible, then lay blanket flat to dry, stretching it
to its final size.
Hat: Hat is knit flat and then sewn together. With needles #5 or #6,
cast on 60 stitches with color A and knit 24 rows, then follow the same
stripe pattern as on blanket. Knit a total of 60 rows. Finish hat with
whatever color you’ve ended at 60 rows. Next three rows: knit 1, *knit 2
together; rep from * to end of row, ending with knit 1. Pull yarn through
remaining stitches. Sew hat together. For curly tips: crochet 6 pieces
(chain stitch) from 4” to 6” in length (make them all different lengths
and different colors). Then attach curls to top of hat by pulling ends
through hat at different locations on top, then tying them together
on inside of hat.
Booties: Knit beginning of booties in one color (color A), then
repeat stripe pattern on cuff. Cast on 34 stitches and knit 14 rows.
Next row: knit 20 stitches, knit 2 together (abbreviated: k2 tog),
turn (you’ll be working on middle 8 stitches) and slip first stitch
with yarn in front, purl 6, purl 2 tog; turn and *slip first stitch
with yarn in back, knit 6, knit 2 tog; turn and slip first stitch
with yarn in front, purl 6, purl 2 tog; turn; rep from * three more
times, then knit to end of row—you now have a total of 24 stitches left.
Next row: knit first stitch, yarn over needle (abbreviated: yo), purl
2 tog, yo, purl 2 tog, yo, purl 2 tog, yo, purl 2 tog, now purl 7,
and again yo, purl 2 tog, yo, purl 2 tog, yo, purl 2 tog, yo and knit
last 2 stitches tog (this last row created the little eyelets to thread
ribbon through). Now knit 20 rows in stripe pattern—switching yarn colors
every 2 rows, then bind off very loosely. Make second bootie. Sew booties:
bottom of sole and back of bootie. Then crochet (chain stitch) two ribbons
16” long or braid two ribbons that length and thread through eyelet row.
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