Babies, babies, babies, seems like there are a lot of weddings and babies around me lately. What better reason to design a new baby blanket pattern than for an expectant friend? Hearts are a common pattern element for knitting since they are easily broken down into a geometric pattern that translates to stitches. I will be posting a written instructions version shortly but here are the chart instructions for the time being.
2.5 Skeins Caron Simply Soft Yarn (Approximately 850 yards)
Size 8 circular needles (27 inch cable or longer)
Finished Measurements: 40” wide x 30” tall
- Download the “Lots of Love” Baby Blanket chart pattern.
- Loosely cast on 153 stitches, do not connect for working in the round, turn and begin pattern. Work section 1 repeat five times across throughout pattern.
- Work Rows 1 – 4 once, this is the bottom border, if the cast on stitches are causing these stitches to gather, restart pattern as this will cause the blanket to not lay flat.
- After Row 5, work Row 6. For all even rows until the top border, work as Row 6. Continue working in pattern until Row 18.
- Work Rows 19 – 42 in pattern seven times, or until blanket is approximately 28 inches high.
- Work Rows 43 – 56 once.
- Loosely cast off in knit/purl pattern.
Finished Blanket Photo Gallery:
Tips and Customization:
I did not do a test swatch, but if you are using a different type of yarn or a different size needle the gauge is approximately 4 stitches per inch. If you need to adjust the pattern to make it smaller or larger, each pair of hearts is 26 stitches and there are 23 stitches for the 3rd heart and the border. Please adjust by adding or removing 26 stitch increments. For my blanket I made it 11 hearts wide which is 5 pattern repeats across and 153 stitches wide. If you wanted a 21 heart wide blanket you would need to cast on 283 stitches and repeat the pattern section 10 times across.
I made my blanket rectangular, if you wanted to make the blanket taller, add additional repeats of Rows19-42. For the 40×30 blanket, I worked 7 vertical repeats (that is to say row repeats rather than column repeats), for a square blanket it would be 2 or 3 more vertical repeats. I estimate that 3 full skeins of Caron Simply Soft will produce approximately a square blanket.
You could also make this blanket as a throw if you adjust the size (both horizontally and vertically), and pick a home friendly color.
Happy knitting! If you like this pattern, please favorite or cast on at Ravelry.
Note: I do not own a printer at home, so I have not tested the PDF for printing yet, revisions may come, if you have any issues please check back or leave notice in the comments.