A smart baby blanket in Aran / Worsted weight yarn
When I am contacted by new knitters looking for an easy blanket project that will give them a stylish end product but one that is not too difficult, I always direct them to this pattern. The heavier weight yarn knits up quickly, so you get pleasingly quick results and the pattern is easily remembered (no constant referring to the pattern). The borders are knitted along with the pattern so there is no picking up of stitches and the end results give confidence to grow their knitting skills.
Having said all that, Alder makes good T.V. knitting for more accomplished knitters. Something to turn to when you need something relaxing.
The two samples here are knitted in very different yarns. Both look great but give a totally different feel. The cream being more classic for a new baby and the red much more contemporary.
Make it your own. The patterning on this blanket lends itself to all sorts of yarn, plain or variegated, striping or gradient. You could knit this in a pure wool, a cotton or cotton mix yarn or an easy care acrylic blend. Maybe you would like a lap blanket to keep on your chair for those chilly evenings. The larger version of Alder would be great for this and you could choose a colour to match your decoration or that contrasts nicely with your furniture.
Small: 58 x 76 cm / 23 x 30 inches
Large: 78 x 96 cm / 31 x 38 inches
Small: approx. 700m
Large: approx. 1200m
Any aran or worsted weigh yarn is suitable. Choose something soft and machine washable if knitting for a baby. The cream blanket show was knitted in Cascade Pacific a soft blend of Merino wool and acrylic. The red blanket was knitted in a now unavailable yarn but there are plenty of multicoloured yarns available to choose from.
24sts to 10 cm in pattern.
The pattern stitch pulls in the knitting a little which is why this number is not what you would expect from an aran yarn.
4 mm or the size to get you the above tension for the main part of the blanket
3.5 mm or needles one size smaller than your main needle for the top and bottom borders
Circular needles are recommended due to the number of stitches. You will need one about 80cm long.
2 stitch markers
Yarn needle for sewing in ends
Knit, purl and simple increases and decreases are used in this pattern. Full explanations are given in the abbreviation section of the pattern.
As always, pattern support is available for this and all my patterns by contacting me using the details in the side bar.
This pattern is available using this link from LoveKnitting.
There is a companion bag pattern, available separately, which goes with this pattern. The Alder bag is an all in one knit with a little seaming.