DIY Projects

DIY Easy Striped Baby Blanket

Our daughter is here. We’re in the hospital and I managed to set “Crash Computer” as Order Of Business Number One (sigh), but I’ll be back to business as usual in a couple of days. In the meantime, I set up a handful of posts…like this one on a project I finished just in time.

I started this blanket wayyyy back when we first announced that we were having a girl (I went for Liberty Wool #7824 Cupcake, and may have chosen #7837 Rodeo for a boy…or may have gone for Cupcake anyway, because I think it’s gorgeous). Seven months is a very long time to be working on a single blanket…but I actually went for narrow needles and skinny yarn on purpose, because the thing about knitting projects is that I don’t really do them to “make stuff” – I do them because I find them crazy-relaxing, and a great thing to do with your hands when you’re watching TV, and am always bummed when they’re done.

Anyway, I’m done. Which is good, because now I have something else to do with my hands: hold a baby.

What’s great about this project is that it’s so easy it’s practically mindless – other than the cable-knit at the ends, it’s just knit knit knit knit knit…but looks like it’s an actual pattern thanks to the variegated yarn. Here’s how you make it:

1. Cast on 140 stitches.

2. Knit 2, purl 2 for one row, then repeat five more times, puling where you purled and knitting where you knitted, to create a cable-knit pattern.

3. Then, just knit and knit and knit until the blanket it as long as you want it to be (I used up 10 balls of yarn), leaving enough yarn at the other end to create your six-row cable-knit.

4. Cable-knit six rows.

5. Cast off.

easy baby blanket

striped knit baby blanket

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