One thing about babies: they don’t care about your queue of knitting projects. They also don’t give a dang about the knitalong you’re doing.
Babies come along, and they need knitterly recognition, and they need it now. If you don’t get your baby blanket into that baby’s life right quick, you run the risk of losing Most Favored Blankie status to a lesser blanket. I always want to be in the running for Most Favored Blankie, so when a baby arrives in my family, I drop everything and GO.
Usually, my go-to baby blanket is a log cabin, or a combination of log cabin and miters, such as our beloved Ninepatch Blanket.
But a new baby happened to make his appearance at the same time as someone in my synagogue gals knitting circle was asking for a super simple baby blanket recipe. I remembered the basic formula of an old pattern that is even easier than log cabin—if you can imagine such a thing. As soon as I wrote it out for my knitting circle, I was dying to knit it myself. (A hazard of knitting circle, I’m finding, now that I have a knitting circle.)
Two weeks of zooms later, here’s my cotton blanket. I used a bunch of single skeins of Summerlite DK that Rowan kindly sent me to try out, but it would be excellent in Rowan Handknit Cotton, which has been my go-to baby blanket yarn for decades. Using the Handknit Cotton would get you a slightly larger blanket than the 34 inches (86 cm) by 36 inches (91 cm) I got with the Summerlite DK.
Stripey Baby Blanket
A DK or worsted weight yarn of your choice in two or more colors. I’m calling the colors A and B, but they can be as many colors as you like.
Needles that get you a fabric that you like.
Using Color A, cast on 190 stitches.
(In case it’s helpful for people trying to adjust the size of the blanket, here’s how I got to 190 stitches: 5 sections of 36 stitches each, plus 10 stitches for the 5-stitch garter borders on the sides. You can make your sections and garter edges wider or narrower. You can even add or subtract sections, but for symmetry purposes you want an odd number of sections: 3, 5, 7, etc.)
Work 10 rows in garter stitch (5 garter ridges), this means you knit every stitch on both the RS and WS rows. This is the bottom border of the blanket.