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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Miss Ellie's Garden ...

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Miss Ellie's Garden ...
Miss Ellie's Garden ...
Miss Ellie's Garden ...

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • working in the round
  • basic knitted lace: YOs, ssk, k2tog, etc
  • blocking

Pattern Description:

Designed for a dear friend's first daughter, this worsted weight washable wool baby blanket (approx. 48" diameter) is a joy to knit.

Worked in the round and starting at the center on #8s, you create a spiral-petaled focal-point. Switching to #10s and spoke increases, you begin to work shades of pink in the petals. I have added a few rounds of striping between the color changes to avoid harshness and blend the colors better.

The final rounds are a knitted-on border in a pale green which you work perpendicularly to the blanket as you BO the live sts.

This would look equally good in a solid color (requiring approx 485 yds of wool).

Directions are both round-by-round and charted.

oColor 1 (center)Balsa (25 yards)
oColor 2 (first pink)Giggle (100 yards)
oColor 3 (second pink)Rose Quartz (175 yards)
oColor 4 (leaf border)Peridot (185 yards)


12sts x 16rnds = 4" stockinette (blocked) worked on #10

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- approx 48" heptagon/circle


  • approx 485 yards washable wool in worsted weight (sample used Kraemer's Perfection in 4 colors)
  • US #8 dpns
  • US #10 - 24-inch and 40-inch lengths
  • US #11 (40-inch length)
  • US #11 dpns
  • stitch markers (7)
  • point protectors
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • lace pins, blocking wires, blocking board

Suggested yarn:

485 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kraemer's Summit Hill (washable wool)


Balsa, Giggle, Rose Quartz, and Peridot