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Plaid Blanket for Babies

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Let the baby cuddle up in this soft blanket with cheerful colors appropriate for a boy or girl. Yellow, blue and green create the soft plaid in this knitting baby blanket pattern from Bernat Yarns. Knit blankets made great gifts for baby showers.
 

Plaid Blanket for Babies
 

Materials: 

  • Yarn: Bernat® Baby Blanket (200 g / 7 oz) MC: Yellow - 3 balls, A: Blue - 2 balls, B: Green - 1 ball.
  • Knitting needles: Size 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) or size needed to obtain gauge.

Measurement:
Approx 27 1/2" (70 cm) wide x 36 1/2" (92.5 cm) long.

Gauge: 13 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stocking st.
One square = 4 1/2" (11.5 cm).


Pattern:

Square (make 48).
With A, cast on 29 sts.
1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: K13. Sl1. K2tog. psso. Knit to end of row. 27 sts.
3rd row: Knit. Break A.
4th row: (RS). With MC, K12. Sl1. K2tog. psso. Knit to end of row. 25 sts.
5th row: Knit.
6th row: K11. Sl1. K2tog. psso. Knit to end of row. 23 sts.
7th row: Knit. Do not break MC.
8th row: With B, K10. Sl1. K2tog. psso. Knit to end of row. 21 sts.
9th row: Knit. Break B.
With MC, cont dec 2 sts on next and every following alt row, as established, to 5 sts.
Next row: (RS). K1. Sl1. K2tog. psso. K1. 3 sts.
Next row: Sl1. K2tog. psso. Fasten off (upper left corner).

Finishing: Sew squares tog using flat seam to form blanket 6 squares wide by 8 squares long (see Diagram).

Upper edging: With RS of work facing and A, pick up and knit 14 sts across each square along top edge of Blanket. 84 sts.
Knit 3 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

Left side edging: With RS of work facing and A, starting at upper left corner, pick up and knit 3 sts along side of Upper Edging, 14 sts across each square down side of Blanket. 115 sts.
Knit 3 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

Embroider Plaid Lines: With B, embroider chain stitch to complete thin plaid lines (matching dotted lines in Diagram).

Diagram  Chain Stitch

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The 15th stitch in the first row becomes the bottom right corner. As you work the decreases in the center of every other row, the first row actually forms the bottom and right side of the block. Then the remaining rows--I believe there are 27 rows in the block total--will continue to form the other corner of the block. Your decreases will line up diagonally from the top left corner of the block to the bottom right. Hope that helps.

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THE BLANKET WORKS OUT IF THE SQUARES ARE KNITTED INTO A POINT

You should see the diagrams now. We apologize for the omission.

The pattern mentions 'matching dotted lines in Diagram' but no diagram has been provided. I suppose you might be able to guess what is required once the blanket is knitted and stitched up, but it's a lot of work to do if its difficult to complete it as shown in the picture.

Where is the diagram so that we know where to embroider, etc?

I started this blanket (did 11 squares), then realized it would go much faster and be much easier if I knitted it as one piece, and then chain stitched the plaid lines afterwards. This eliminates all the loose ends that would take days to weave in, not to mention sewing all the squares together. Think about it!! I do like the look of the pattern. Doing it my way changes the back A LITTLE, in that the vertical sq. edges become a laddered pattern instead of solid.....a small price to pay for the saving of time and effort!

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