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Project

Elegantly Simple Baby Blanket

Project Description

What was your source for this knitting project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo HeartStrings #A97 Elegantly Simple Baby Blanket Link to website or photo www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/babyblanket.shtm Tell us more about what inspired you. Charity knitting (e.g. Project Linus) What are you most proud of? Of all the gifts given at a baby shower for my niece (and some of them were quite high-priced), this is the one that was oohed and aahed over the most. It really feels good when something made with my hands is appreciated so much. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Practice on just 30 or 45 stitches. There is just one yarn over pattern row, and the other 3 rows are just plain knit and purl. But on the pattern row, there are 2 stitch sequences that are a bit uncommon (they are the ones that give the stitch pattern it's distinctive texture and lovely sculpted lines. By practicing on the smaller sample, you can let you hands get into the rhythm and build your confidence before committing to a lot of stitches for a full-size baby blanket.

What you will need

  • I used Phildar Tweed d'Ete sport weight cotton/acrylic blend yarn for the pictured blanket. Your choice of any sport weight yarn appropriate for baby is encouraged; e.g. Caron Simply Soft Baby or Bernat Baby Coordinates.
  • US 7 / 4.5 mm / UK 7

Q&A with JackieES

Salrowe asked:
How do I download this pattern? I love the blanket.
JackieES answered:
You can download the pattern at the link that Craftsy listed on this page just underneath the photo. Do you see where the link starts with HeartStrings #A97 ... ?
SandyLS asked:
I agree ! So beautiful! I would love to knit this for my niece who is5months pregnant. The issue is I am starting to learn to knit right now? I hanen't accomplished any project. So, if I begin to learn to knit right now, would this baby blanket be a real possibility for me to make as a first project and have it completed in 4 months time. Also what size kneedles are used and what would be the number of skeins of yarn for this project. I wanted a project I would highly motivated to start and complete it. This is the one! Is it a realistic goal? I am enrolled in Stephanie Japel knit lab. Any and all suggestions would be happily accepted. Please post comments as quickly as possibly. Thank you with warm wishes. Sandy Martin / slmartin18@comcast.net
JackieES answered:
Hi Sandy, The needles and yarn requirements are listed in the pattern. You can download the pattern at the link that Craftsy listed on this page just underneath the photo. Do you see where the link starts with HeartStrings #A97 ... ?
judynreed asked:
My first Grand-nephew was born the other day, and I would love to make a blanket like this one out of my hand-spun. Where can I find the instructions for it?
JackieES answered:
http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/babyblanket.shtm
Tigridia asked:
Hi JackieES, Congratulations, it's a very beautiful blanket :) I'm trying to do it, practicing just with 45 stitches, but I'm having lots of problems. I'm not an expert with lace, so surely I'm doing something wrong. Your pattern says the stitches have to be a multiple of 15, and I have 45, But the row1 (after the knit one row) says: sl 1 wyif: 1 stitch before, turns into 1 stitch 3\: 4 stitches turn into 1 stitch (yo, k1)5 times, yo: 5 stitches turn into 11 stitches /3: 4 stitches turn into 1 stitch p2: 2 stitches turn into 2 stitches So, if I'm doing it right, 16 stitches turn into 16 stitches. :S I'm trying to do it just purling one at the end even though I can see clearly in the photos of your blanket that you've purled 2. Besides, I don't know how to adapt the following rows. Can you help me, please? Thank you! :)
JackieES answered:
There's no adaptation needed. Do you see in the Abbreviations section where it says "rep from * - repeat all instructions from the previous asterisk"? Reading this pattern has nothing to do with lace. You just have to go back to the previous asterisk. The reason that you are counting 16 stitches is because you have gone back to the beginning of the row rather than the previous asterisk. Does this help?
jenonymous asked:
Thank you for sharing the lovely pattern! I intend to use it to make a shawl for my wheel-chair bound mother, or perhaps modifying it to make the sleeves of a shrug she can use to keep her arms and neck warm. Or it might turn into a baby blanket after all! My niece is thinking about #2...
JackieES answered:
All of those sound like lovely projects. Have fun with the pattern!