Saturday, July 18, 2009

Log Cabin Baby Blanket

We have a new grandchild, Rachel Grace, and so, of course, she needed a blankie. So, I decided to adapt a pattern out of Mason Dixon Knitting for a Log Cabin pattern.

I had several skeins of Bernat Cottontots in coordinating colors and thought they would be a safe bet, just in case Rachel turned out to be Joshua. You never know for sure until they are actually born!

I used a size 10 1/2 Addi Turbo Lace needle, 24", and cast on 30 stitches. I knitted 25 ridges in garter stitch and cast off. Then I picked up 25 stitches along the narrow side, plus 2 extra stitches (one on each edge to square it off nicely) and knitted 12 ridges in blue. I repeated that on the other side, using lavender. Then I picked up 56 stitches along the long edge (12 stitches for the edge of each short side, 30 stitches from the center block and 2 extra) and knitted 12 ridges.

I continued this sequence alternating yarn as I saw fit (I had different dye lots of one yarn, so I used a different lot on opposite sides.) and created borders using two different yarns in variegated and white, then finished with a 4 stitch I-Cord border in variegated.

I am now working on a similar blankie for Rachel's 15 month old sister, Sarah Rose. It will be a bit larger, for a toddler to cuddle in, and it is in pink and white Cottontots yarn. I cast on 40 stitches and knitted 30 ridges. The border sections are 15 ridges deep.

It is a simple matter to adjust the size of the center section of the blanket. You could make it square or rectangular. I decided on each border being half the width of the center section. You could play around with that as well.

Follow it up with a cold water wash on delicate and toss it in the dryer on low until dry and voila! A lovely, cozy cotton blankie for your baby/toddler to cuddle in. The unwashed blanket measured 33"X35". Washed and dried it measured 31"X33". Before washing the gauge was approximately 3 spi. I didn't think to measure the gauge after washing. I will do so with the pink one.