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Blue and White Baby Blanket

By: Bernat

Soft stripes of blue and white in this knitting baby blanket pattern create a perfect cover for the new baby boy. This easy pattern from Bernat Yarns calls for circular knitting needles for a quick make. You can always adjust the colors to your own preferences.

 

Blue and White Knit Baby Blanket

Materials:

  • Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (140 g/5 oz) Main Color (MC) (Blue) 3 balls, Contrast A (White) 2 balls
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular 36 ins 90 cm long or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 20 sts and 23 rows = 4 ins 10 cm with larger needle in pat.

Measurements: Approx 38 x 43 ins 96.5 x 109 cm.

Stitch Glossary:
MK = P2tog without slipping sts off needle, then K2tog over same sts.


Instructions:

With MC and smaller needle, cast on 181 sts. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle, proceed as follows:
Knit 5 rows (garter st), noting that first row is WS.

Change to larger needle and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). With A, knit.
2nd row: P1. (MK) 90 times.
3rd row: With MC, knit.
4th row: (MK) 90 times. P1.
These 4 rows form pat.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 42 ins 106.5 cm, ending on a 2nd row of pat.
With MC and smaller needle, knit 5 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

Side Edging: With MC and smaller needle and with RS of work facing, pick up and knit 209 sts evenly along one side edge. Knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep on opposite side.

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Is there an error in this pattern? Shouldn't MK read: P2TOG without slipping stitches, then K the same 2 stitches? Otherwise, wouldn't youbedeceas Is there a pattern error with MK? Itseems to me you would P2TOG without slipping stitches, but then K2......not K2TOG. Has anyone made this?

Hi, Jamgal76 3944304. If you have specific questions about the pattern, we recommend contacting the pattern designer directly (as specified in the byline). Good luck! --Editors of FaveCrafts

I found the explination of MK difficult. Can you make this clearer for me?

The way I read it, you change colors whenever it tells you to. Basically that means you do the cast-on in the MC, then rows 1&2 in contrast color (A), then rows 3&4 will be MC again. If you change colors only when it tells you to, then you're doing two rows in each color, alternating 2 rows at a time, and then casting off in the MC again. Good luck!

i just finished the garter st. my colors are pink and green... MAIN COLOR IS PINK AND CONTRAST IS GREEN. ON ROW 2 P 1 MK 90 TIMES IS THIS MC OR CONTRAST?? WAITING TO HEAR THANKS

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