Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baby Iselle's Blanket

My friend Jenny had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago and when I got the message about Iselle's arrival this sinking feeling came over me. I didn't make anything for her!
Jenny is part of a group of moms I teach crochet to every week while our kids are having their art class so I can't just run out to the Gap, I have to produce! It wasn't a surprise announcement, I had plenty of time and why it didn't hit me until I got the news I have no idea. But I had a few days before I saw her so I thought a small blanket would be perfect. And here it is, Baby Iselle's Blanket.

Yarn used: 2 Nature's Choice organic cotton by Lion Brand in Strawberry; 1 ball in Pistachio for the crochet border. I love this super soft yarn! I think I need a simple jacket out of it.
Needle & hook used: #10.5 24" and a J hook for the border.
Gauge: 3sts & 4 rows = 1" in Chain stitch pattern.
Finished measurements: 20.5" x 22"

Chain stitch pattern
Mulitple of 4
Row 1:  Sl 1 * k2, p2 * k3
Row 2:  Sl 1 * p1, yo, p1, k2 * p1, yo, p2
Row 3:  Sl 1 * k3, p2 * k4
Row 4: Sl 1 * p3, k2 * p4
Row 5: Sl 1 * k1, k2tog, p2 * k1, k2tog, k1
Row 6: Sl 1 * p2, k1, yo, k1 * p3
Row 7: Sl 1 * k2, p3 * k3
Row 8: Sl 1 * p2, k3 * p3
Row 9: Sl 1 * k2, p1, p2tog * k3
Row 10: Repeat from row 2

Cast on 56 stitches and work the Chain stitch pattern until the piece measures 20.5". Bind off.

With a J hook and the 2nd color, single crochet around the blanket twice. Border should measure .75".

Weave in the ends, block blanket and enjoy!


Sweet Baby Iselle.

UPDATE 12/2/16:
Unfortunately Lions Brand discontinued "Natures Choice", the yarn used for this blanket. I had some yarn left over from a project, Illimani Yarn's "Llama ll" a wonderfully soft bulky weight baby llama. I used 3 skeins for the main color (bone) and 1 skein of a contrasting color (lemon yellow) for the crochet border. Using the above pattern I was able  to get the same dimensions as stated above.


The perfect little model, Max. 


36 comments:

  1. So sweet! I'm adding to my list, but I'm not sure how to adjust the pattern like you said in your note? Thnx for sharing'

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  2. I'm going to figure it out and adjust the pattern. It was a quick easy knit so I'm going to want to make it again.

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  3. That is the sweetest little blanket!
    I love having quick knit gift ideas like this!
    So pretty!!!
    Thanks for making posting the free pattern!!

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  4. I love this blanket. Right now it is my work in progress! http://rootsandwings-kq.blogspot.com/2012/06/wip-it-up-baby-blanket.html

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  5. Thanks KQD! And thanks for sharing the link!

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  6. Just a question from a beginner knitter. After you slip one are you supposed to slide it over the knit 2?

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  7. Hi Jess, The Slip 1 is just to give a clean edge on the blanket, also making it easier to do the crochet border. Hope that helps!

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  8. Quote from designer:

    "... Well, I couldn't leave it alone it was still bothering me that I made what for me felt like a mistake (though Baby Iselle hardly minds!) so this morning I did a small swatch and adjusted the pattern above so it will in fact start & end with K2..."

    She already fixed the pattern. No need for me/us to do so.

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  9. What is the stitch count? I have a baby coming in April (not mine) and I'd like to make
    it a bit bigger.

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    1. Hi Darci, use multiples of 4 (multiply what's between the *'s). Hope this helps!
      Karen

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  10. Knit 1 La, love this blanket and need a quick knit for a baby girl coming in 6 weeks. Am I to understand that the pattern above is now corrected? I do not see in the pattern where it ends in a K2.

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    1. Hi Leslie, yes the pattern is corrected. The reason you don't see it beg or end with K2 is because there is an extra stitch on the edges that disappears when you crochet a border around the edge. Hope this helps! Karen

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  11. Beautiful! Could you tell the specifics for making this somewhere around 32 -36 inches square? I'm new to knitting and don't yet understand that conversion process.
    Thank you for a lovely pattern.
    Katee

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    1. Hi Katee, it would be hard for me to give you specifics without knowing your gauge but I can give you some guidance to adjust the pattern. It's pretty basic math... take your gauge and multiply it by the width you would like. If you are getting 3 sts to the inch and want it 32" then multiply 3x32"=96 BUT keep in mind the stitch pattern is a multiple of 4. Since 96 is divisible by 4 that works so you can cast on 96sts. Say you came up with a number not divisible by 4 then either round up or down so it is. Hope this helps! Karen

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  12. Hi Katee! I love this pattern...I made it for one my best friend's twins and she loves it so much she wants me to make one for their king size bed...LOL!
    Anyway, I'm going to be making another one soon and would like it to be a bit bigger. I'm specifically wondering how much yarn I will need and was wondering if you used 2 complete skeins for the main color or if you had some left over. I figured that would help me come up with a more exact idea. Thanks so much!

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  13. Oh, oops! I called you by the wrong name! LOL - I had just read a comment from Katee and was sidetracked. So sorry!

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  14. Hi Sarah, I used every bit of those 2 balls of pink yarn. Hope that helps! Karen ;)

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  15. Thanks Knit 1 LA for answering my question. I forgot to ask previously is the first stitch slipped knitwise or purlwise. I also love Lion Brands Organic Cotton and make most of my baby blankets from this yarn. Have figured out my stitch count, have stitches on needles, I am ready to go. Thanks for a beautiful blanket.

    Leslie Buff

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    1. Good to hear Leslie! Slip the stitch purlwise. Enjoy the pattern! Karen

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  16. Most people I know who are beginners don't care about gauge including my mother who knits every day and has been for 60 years. How many stitches did you put on and how much yarn (grams or ounces) and what weight yarn works best. Thanks so much, it would be great if this info was in the pattern including to pear the slip stitch. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Kathy, Most people I know do care about gauge in order to avoid the headache of not getting the dimensions for the amount of yarn stated in the pattern. The pattern says to cast on 56 stitches. As far as the yarn used, any yarn that will give you the gauge of what's stated in the pattern will work. The Lions Brand yarn I used is a heavier worsted weight (3oz/103yds) but I used a 10.5 US needle. You could use any yarn needle combination but to make any adjustments again one should do a gauge swatch or not totally up to you ;) This is a pattern that you can follow to the letter or use as a guide, open to your interpretation. I'm not sure what you mean in regards to the slipped stitch. The slipped stitch edge is there to make it easier to crochet around the blanket when finishing. Hope this helps! Karen

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  17. I love this pattern! I have a question about the pattern. Row 10 says to "Repeat from row 2". Does that mean that Row 1 is not repeated at all throughout the pattern? The pattern would consist of rows 2-9?

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    1. Hi Debbie, that is correct. Row 1 is just the set up row and isn't necessary after that. Enjoy! Karen

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  18. I just knit Rows 1 -9 and was about to post the same question Debbie !!! So glad I came here to check it out, I was scared I'd be having to stop knitting until I got an answer !!!! I am using Berroco "Weekend" on size 10 needles., so far, so good !!! I am going o edge it in green, as you did !

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    1. It's so helpful when people take the time to comment, glad it helped!! Sounds like you're going to have a beautiful blanket!! :) Karen

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  19. ty soooo much for this quick and easy pattern and for your patience with all ?'s you are a dear :)

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  20. If I am using Caron Simply Soft (medium weight '4'), what size needles would you recommend & what size hook? Thanks, Teresa

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    1. Hi, Simply Soft is in the same weight category as Nature's Choice but get's a half stitch more per inch so you could try to use the same needle/hook combination that I did. I would do a little gauge swatch and if it seems too loose then go to a US #10 with an i hook.
      Hope this helps! :) Karen

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  21. I am totally confused. I sat all day and tried this pattern....over and over. Do I knit as stated then repeat only what is between *s? Or do I do the whole row until the end.
    For instance: Row1: Sl1* kw, pw,*k3. Do I work this, then work just between * until end and then work k3?

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    1. Yes, repeat what's between *'s. Hope this helps!
      Karen

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  22. Looks so comfy, love the color. Thanks for sharing ! :)

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  23. So is the pattern starting with Sl 1 the newest version? Today is 1/7/16 and I am not sure the one that I just printed reflects the correction you noted following your disclaimer. Thank you.
    Q

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    1. Hi, yes the correct version is the one you printed :)

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