Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket


This beautiful garter stitch stripe baby blanket is constructed by knitting and joining two colours blocks knitted in garter stitch.  Although it is rated easy you will need to learn how to knit using two colours for the first 14 rows and how to pick up and knit stitches along the edges of your knitting.






The instructions below are for a pram or bassinet sized blanket.  If you require a larger blanket, you can just add extra blocks before knitting the border.

© Knitting Naturally - Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket knitted in Garter Stitch

Materials

To make this blanket, you will need approximately 400 grams of 8 ply (double knit) yarn.

Main colour (White)

Dark Contrast

Light Contrast

gms

200

100

100

You will also need 4.5 mm knitting needles (either 35 mm long single pointed needles or 1 circular needle).  Bear in mind, you may have to adjust the needle size if your natural knitting tension does not match (or at least come close to) the tension specified below.

A knitters sewing needle is also handy for sewing in loose ends where you have changed colour or joined in a new ball of yarn.

The knitting stitch pattern is a simple garter stitch (knit all rows).  There is some shaping but you will not have to sew your blocks together - unless you really want to!

I used Panda Magnum 8 Ply or Marvel Soft 8 ply for my blanket, but any reasonable quality 8 ply will do. Usually, I prefer to knit with natural fibres but for baby blankets I compromise and knit in acrylic or acrylic/nylon mixes to make washing easier for new mums.

Tension

The finished size of this Garter Stitch Stripe baby blanket is approximately 95 cm wide by 95 cm long. To achieve that finished size, your tension needs to be 17 stitches and 34 rows per 10 centimetres.

You can find out more about knitting tension squares on my page on how to knit a tension square.  

Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket - Knitting Instructions

1st Block

Cast on 65 stitches using C1, and knit 2 rows.

Change to MC, knit 2 rows. Change to C1, knit 2 rows.

Repeat the last 4 rows until you have knitted 130 rows (all rows knit).

Cast off.

2nd Block

Using C2  pick up 65 sts along the right hand edge of the previous block and knit 1 row. 

Change to MC, knit 2 rows. Change to C2, knit 2 rows.

Repeat the last 4 rows until you have knitted 129 rows (all rows knit).

Cast off.

3rd Block

Using C1  pick up 65 sts along the right hand edge of the previous block and knit 1 row. 

Change to MC, knit 2 rows. Change to C1, knit 2 rows.

Repeat the last 4 rows until you have knitted 129 rows (all rows knit).

Cast off.

© Knitting Naturally - Blocks 1, 2 & 3 Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket

4th Block

Using C2 pick up and knit 65 stitches along the bottom of the first block.  Then pick up and knit 65 sts along the right hand side of the 3rd block (130 sts).

Next row:  K64 sts, k2 tog tbl, turn.

Change to MC, knit to end.

Next row: K64 sts, k2 tog tbl, turn.

Change to C2, knit to end.

Next row: K64 sts, k2 tog tbl, turn.

Repeat the last four rows until you have knitted a total of 129 rows.  Cast off.

Garter Stitch Stripe Blanket Block Placement

Knitting the Borders

Using MC and a circular needle, starting at the mid-point of one of the sides of your blanket, pick up and knit sts around all 4 sides (65 sts for each block)  adding an extra stitch in each corner.  (524 sts)

1st row: knit to the first corner stitch, * (K1, p1, k1) into the corner stitch, knit to next corner st, rep from * to last corner st, (K1, p1, k1) into the corner stitch.

2nd row: knit.

Repeat the last 2 rows another 6 times.  Cast off. 

Finishing Your Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket

Using a knitter's sewing needle join the seam in the border and weave in all of the loose ends.

Other Blanket Sizes

The pram sized baby blanket is made using four blocks.  Increasing or decreasing the size of your blanket is simply a matter of either increasing or decreasing the number of blocks.

  • For a knee blanket, add 5 blocks for a 3 by 3 grid.
  • For a cot blanket, add 8 blocks for a 3 by 4 grid.
  • For a single bed blanket, add 20 blocks for a 4 by 6 grid.


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