Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket


Try this pattern for my modular garter stitch baby blanket pattern. Although it is rated easy you will need to learn how to pick up and knit stitches along the edges of your knitting.






© Knitting Naturally - Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

Materials

To make this blanket, you will need approximately 750 grams of 8 ply (double knit) yarn.

The knitting stitch pattern is a simple garter stitch (knit all rows).  There is no shaping and you will not have to sew your blocks together - unless you really want to!

Wrong Side of a Modular Block - No Sewing Up!

Main Colour  (MC -White)

gms

200

2nd Colour (C2 - Blue Variegated)

gms

200

3rd Colour (C3 - Blue)

gms

100

4th Colour (C4 - Green)

gms

250

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.

You will also need a pair of 4.00 mm single pointed knitting needles and an 80cm 4.00 mm circular needle for the strips of knitting between your blocks. However, 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.

Tension

The finished size of this modular garter stitch baby blanket is approximately 95 cm wide by 135 cm long. To achieve that finished size, your tension needs to be 20 stitches and 40 rows per 10 centimetres.

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

Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket - Knitting Instructions

Blocks - Make 6

Cast on 40 stitches using C4.

Knit 18 rows

Next row: Change to MC and knit 10 sts.  Add in C3 and knit to end of row.

Knit another 19 rows keeping colours as set, crossing yarn at the back of the work on each row. 

Cast off.

Using C2 pick up and knit 20 sts along the right hand edge of your knitting. Knit another 19 rows.

Cast off 19 sts (1 st remaining), turn and pick up ad knit 29 stitches along the top edge of your block. Knit 19 rows.  Cast off.

Using MC, pick up and knit 30 sts along the left hand edge of your block.  Knit 19 rows.  Cast of 29 sts (1 st remaining), turn and pick up ad knit 39 stitches along the bottom edge of your block. Knit 19 rows.  Cast off.

Using M3 pick up and knit 40 sts along the right hand edge of your block. Knit 19 rows. Cast of 39 sts (1 st remaining), turn and pick up ad knit 49 stitches along the top edge of your block. Knit 19 rows.  Cast off.

Using M2 pick up and knit 50 sts along the left hand edge of your block. Knit 19 rows. Cast of 49 sts (1 st remaining), turn and pick up ad knit 59 stitches along the bottom edge of your block. Knit 19 rows.  Cast off.

Using MC pick up and knit 60 sts along the right hand edge of your block. Knit 19 rows. Cast of 49 sts (1 st remaining), turn and pick up ad knit 69 stitches along the top edge of your block. Knit 19 rows.  Cast off.

Using C4 pick up and knit 70 sts along the right hand edge of your block. Knit 19 rows. Cast off.

Finished Modular Block

Joining Blocks for Your Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

To join the first 2 blocks pick up and knit 70 sts along the bottom edge of the first block, cast on 10 sts, pick up and knit 70 sts along the right side of the other block.

Joining Two Modular Blocks on a Circular Needle

Cut the yarn and transfer the stitches on the first block onto the right hand needle point, the first stitch on the left hand point should now be the first cast on stitch.  

Knit the first 9 sts of the cast on edge, k2tog, turn the work.

Next row: Knit 9 sts, k2togtbl, turn.

Next row: Knit 9 sts, k2tog, turn.

Continue working these two rows until you have no stitches remaining on either side of the 10 sts being worked.  Cast off.

Join your other block sets ( 2 x Block 2 and 2 x Block 3) in the same manner making sure that the blocks are facing the same way as the first two blocks (with the C2 strip at the top and left side of each bock).

Then join the rows together in the same way:

Pick up and knit 150 sts along the top of one row of blocks, cast on 10 sts, pick up and knit 150 sts along the bottom of the other row of blocks.  

Cut the yarn and transfer the stitches on the first block onto the right hand needle point, the first stitch on the left hand point should now be the first cast on stitch.  

Knit the first 9 sts of the cast on edge, k2tog, turn the work.

Next row: Knit 9 sts, k2togtbl, turn.

Next row: Knit 9 sts, k2tog, turn.

Continue working these two rows until you have no stitches remaining on either side of the 10 sts being worked.  Cast off.

Pick up and knit along the right side edge of the blanket and knit 20 rows.  Cast off. Repeat for the left hand edge.

Finishing Your Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

Using a knitter's sewing needle weave in all of the loose ends.



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