Blanket for Martin

Updated: Jun 1

A new baby blanket is in my pattern collection, namely friends of mine will have baby in May.

This way it won't be a surprise, but I always talk trough the pattern, the yarn and colors when I give knitted or crocheted presents. This time I did the same way and my friends loved geometrical patterns, therefore Blanket for Martin was born with rotated triangles pattern.



Yarn, needle size and gauge

When I choose yarn I pay attention to the followings, which can be used as general by baby stuff:

  • can be washed in machine - I think no explanation needed when someone has a little baby

  • have to be durable - here I can mention several reasons like ecological footprint reduction, appreciation of hand made crafts and maybe not just one kid will use it

  • for the summer - the baby will be born in May, warm blanket is not needed for the summer

Catona from Sheepjes fulfill these requirements, I used shade 74. It is a 100% mercerized cotton yarn with 50 g / 125 m yardage. This yarn has a lot of color variation, I bought it from Színfonalterápia.


https://szinfonalterapia.hu/termek/484-catona-50g


For me 2.75 mm needle gave a nice fabric, the gauge is 28 stitches x 40 rows = 10 cm x 10 cm in stockinette stitch blocked. The same size was the goal as by Blanket for Lilla, 70 cm x 70 cm, which needs approx. 35 dkg yarn.



The gauge is not particularly important to match, but it helps to determine the size of the blanket. You can make it from thinner or thicker yarn with the right needle size, or you can use different fiber type, I just recommend to knit gauge to check the fabric.


Pattern:

Cast on 180 stitches with your favorite method, it doesn't need to be stretchy, you have to pay attention not to get wavy cast on row. I used knitted cast on, but every solution can work.

The bottom border is made with 28 rows of garter stitch. If your gauge is very different you have to pay attention to be the same height of the bottom border and the same width of the border on the left and right side. I made 5 cm border that is made with 28 rows of garter stitch and 15-15 stitches on the left and right border. I suggest to make a small knitted sample to determine how much stitches and rows you need for these borders.



The main part of the blanket is made in the following way:

1 edge stitch, 14 knit, repeat chart 7.5 times, 14 knit, 1 edge stitch.


The edge stitch is made by slip 1 with yarn in the front at the beginning of the row, at the end of the row it is 1 knit stitch.


Written instruction:

p - purl stitch

k - knit stitch

  1. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *10p, 10k*, 7 times, 10p, 14k 1 edge stitch

  2. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 1p, 9k, *9p, 1k, 1p, 9k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  3. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *8p, 2k, 2p, 8k* 7 times, 8p, 2k, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  4. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 3p, 7k, *7p, 3k, 3p, 7k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  5. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *6p, 4k, 4p, 6k* 7 times, 6p, 4k, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  6. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 5p, 5k, *5p, 5k, 5p, 5k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  7. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *4p, 6k, 6p, 4k* 7 times, 4p, 6k, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  8. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 7p, 3k, *3p, 7k, 7p, 3k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  9. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *2p, 8k, 8p, 2k* 7 times, 2p, 8k, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  10. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 9p, 1k, *1p, 9k, 9p, 1k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  11. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *10k, 10p* 7 times, 24k, 1 edge stitch

  12. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 10k, *10p, 10k* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  13. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *1k, 9p, 9k, 1p* 7 times, 1k, 9p, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  14. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 8k, 2p, *2k, 8p, 8k, 2p* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  15. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *3k, 7p, 7k, 3p* 7 times, 3k, 7p, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  16. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 6k, 4p, *4k, 6p, 6k, 4p* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  17. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *5k, 5p, 5k, 5p* 7 times, 5k, 5p, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  18. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 4k, 6p, *6k, 4p, 4k, 6p* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  19. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *7k, 3p, 3k, 7p* 7 times, 7k, 3p, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  20. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 2k, 8p, *8k, 2p, 2k, 8p* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  21. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, *9k, 1p, 1k, 9p* 7 times, 9k, 1p, 14k, 1 edge stitch

  22. row: 1 edge stitch, 14k, 10p *10k, 10p* 7 times, 14k, 1 edge stitch



The chart should be repeated 11 times.


The top border is the same as the bottom border, 28 rows of garter stitch, then we bind off with the favorite bind of method. Stretchy bind off isn't needed, rather pay attention not to have a wavy border.



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