Simple tri-colour baby blanket to knit
This simple baby blanket from Michelle Stewart at The Woven online knitting and wool shop is a relatively quick, simple knit, perfect for a complete beginner or an experienced knitter looking to create a stylish gift for a precious new baby.
Michelle says: “This baby blanket is smaller than the traditional big baby blankets. It fits perfectly over a new bubs folded in half, and then lengthways into their bassinet. It’s perfect for buggies and capsules too. My mum made me one this size, and initially I thought it rather odd, but it made complete sense once my son was born. I distinctly remember watching other new bubs leaving the birthing unit kind of swamped under big knitted blankets, and feeling rather smug with Mum’s clever design.”
To achieve this fantastic result, Michelle has selected a fine twist-on-twist New Zealand merino for amazing stitch definition and pure knitting joy: Merino Double Knit (DK) wool in three harmonious gender-neutral tones – eggshell, shell and mushroom.
1 Cast on 90 stitches. (Michelle recommends using the long tail cast-on to provide good structure, but any cast-on method will work as long as you keep it loose to stop the blanket edge being pulled in. Have a look on YouTube for a demonstration of the long tail cast-on.)
2 You’ll be knitting flat; the first row is the right side. Knit every row – this is known as garter stitch.
3 Slip the first stitch of every row purl-wise to give a tidy edging. You do this by passing the first stitch off the left needle, onto the right needle, without knitting or purling it. You move it ‘purl wise’ which means the yarn is at the front (or closest to you) as it would be if you were purling, and the right needle takes the stitch in the same movement you would purl. Once passed, you move the yarn to the back ready to knit, which creates a nice tidy twisted edge. If you are unsure, just go ahead and knit the first stitch, it will still look fine.
4 Keep knitting with each colour until a ball of wool is finished. Use each colour in your preference of order. The colour sequence in the blanket pictured was mushroom, eggshell, shell, eggshell, mushroom, shell. Always change colour on the right side for tidy transitions. 5 To start your next colour, leave a tail of 10cm from the start of your new ball. Then go ahead and just begin knitting from the new ball; seems simple but it works. The tail (and the end of the previous ball) can be woven into the back of the blanket when you’re finished to secure them. If you feel unsure, you can always knot the two ends together for extra security.
6 Toward the end of the final ball of wool, ensure you have enough yarn left to cast off – you’ll need 4 x the width of your blanket. When you’re at that point, cast off your 90 stitches, again making sure you keep the cast-off loose to stop the edge of the blanket pulling in.
7 Finish by using a wool needle to weave in all wool ends tidily on the wrong side. You’ve done it! What a wonderful way to keep a new baby warm.
ABOUT THE WOVEN: Michelle Stewart created The Woven to share her love of knitting with everyone who’s ever thought they wanted to knit. Through the increasingly popular Knit Club Wanaka, which Michelle also started, she has inspired a resurgence of knitting in the township. This is now flowing on to people around New Zealand and the world through her online store, www. thewoven.co.nz.