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Striped Baby Blankie and Playful Puppy Pal

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Who knew one free knitting pattern could produce two adorable projects. Make a Striped Baby Blankie and a Playful Puppy Pal from Red Heart Yarns for a baby shower - it's a fantastic gift that little ones will love.

Striped Blankie and Playful Puppy Pal
 

Materials:

  • RED HEART Buttercup 1.76 oz (50 g),
  • 72 yd (66 m) balls: Blankie: 2 balls 4276 Light Blue Multi A, 1 ball each 4270 White B and 4272 White Coral Multi C; Puppy Pal: 1 ball each 4276 Light Blue Multi A, and 4272 White Coral Multi B
  • Knitting needles, 6mm [US 10]
  • Polyester fiberfill for puppy stuffing
  • Small amount of blue yarn for puppy face embroidery
  • Yarn needle

Instructions:

Blankie:

  1. With A, cast on 45 sts.
  2. Work in Garter st (k every row) and repeat Stripe Sequence as follows: 4 rows with A, 4 rows with B, 4 rows with A, 4 rows with C. Repeat Stripe Sequence in Garter st until piece measures 18 from beginning. Bind off.

Finishing:

  1. Weave in yarn ends.

Puppy Pal:

Legs (Make 4)

  1. With A, cast on 5 sts.
     
  2. Work 10 rows in Garter st (k every row). Bind off leaving a long tail.

Body Side (Make 2)

  1. With A, cast on 20 sts.
     
  2. Work in Garter st for 7. Bind off leaving a long tail.

Ears (Make 2)

  1. With B, cast on 3 sts.
     
  2. Row 1: Knit.
     
  3. Row 2: K1, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k1–5 sts.
     
  4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice more–9 sts.
     
  5. Work 9 rows even in Garter st. Bind off.

Tail

  1. With A, cast on 10 sts.
     
  2. Work 3 rows in Garter st. Bind off.

Finishing:

  1. With wrong sids facing, sew body sides together along 3 sides. Turn piece inside out and stuff. Sew remaining side closed. Referring to photo, attach pieces as follows: Pin 1 leg to each front and back side edge of body, sew in place.
     
  2. Center ears on each front side edge of body, sew in place.
     
  3. Sew tail in place. Embroider eyes, mouth and nose on face. Weave in yarn ends.

Notes:

  1. Blankie measures 18” x 18”.

  2. Puppy measures 7” x 7”.
     
  3. GAUGE: 10 sts = 4; 16 rows = 4 in Garter st.
     
  4. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviation:

  • M1 (make one stitch) = Lift running thread before next stitch onto left needle and knit into the back loop.
     
  • Note: When working stripe sequence for Blankie pattern, carry yarns not in use up side of work.

 

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