Seaside Blanket

by Craig on August 1, 2013

Seaside Blanket

A few months ago I found out that we’re expecting a new baby in my family – a little boy!

As soon as I heard the good news, I knew I wanted to knit a blanket with Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton yarn for the baby. (Thinking about knitting is a normal reaction to hearing about a new baby, right?) I like that it’s 100% certified organic cotton, so it won’t irritate the baby’s sensitive skin.

And with 36 fantastic colors, I have plenty of choices whether I’m knitting for a boy, a girl, or a baby whose parents won’t tell me the gender (which is frustrating as a knitter, but a surprise that’s fun to look forward to).

Seaside Blanket folded

Because the parents of this baby have a modern style, I decided to go with clean and simple garter stripes. I chose three bright shades – Dandelion, Lemongrass, and Caribbean – to stripe with the warm and beautiful natural color of Bone.

both sides of the Seaside Blanket

With garter stripes – alternating 2 knit rows in one color with 2 knit rows in a second color – you get a bold stripe on one side and more subtle stripes on the other. The photo above shows both sides and you can see how they complement each other.

Seaside Blanket Color Combinations

We’ve named it the Seaside Blanket and created kits in four fun color combinations, shown above, clockwise from top left:

Caribbean, Lemongrass, and Dandelion with Bone
Hyacinth, Orchid, and Thistle with Bone
Mediterranean, Ash, and Sky with Bone
Periwinkle, Dandelion, and Flamingo with Bone.

The pattern is included with the kit and follows here if you’d like to select your own colors. Enjoy!

SEASIDE BLANKET

SIZE
30 x 36 inches.

MATERIALS
Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton: 3 hanks of Color A, 1 hank each of Colors B, C, and D.
40-inch circular needle, Size #8 or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE
15 stitches to 4 inches, in garter stitch, after blocking

PATTERN
Section 1
With Color B, cast on 115 sts. Knit 4 rows.

Rows 1 & 2: Knit 2 rows with Color A.
Rows 3 & 4: Knit 2 rows with Color B.

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 a total of 20 times.

Section 2
Cut Color B and join Color C.

Rows 1 & 2: Knit 2 rows with Color A.
Rows 3 & 4: Knit 2 rows with Color C.

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 a total of 20 times.

Section 3
Cut Color C and join Color D.

Rows 1 & 2: Knit 2 rows with Color A.
Rows 3 & 4: Knit 2 rows with Color D.

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 a total of 20 times.

Cut Color A. Knit 4 rows with Color D.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends and block.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Fran Friel August 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

Beautiful. Thank you!

Craig August 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

You’re welcome. Thank you!

Fran Friel August 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Btw, Craig, when I was in college, I lived above a bar on the corner of 21st and South. With Loops down the street, sounds like the neighborhood has really improved. :)

I’m in Santa Cruz CA these days, but Philly has a special place in my heart.

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