Celebrate a little one’s arrival with Sandra van Katwijk’s playful cot blanket.
Welcome a new baby with a blanket that shows how excited you are to meet them. Knitted in a soft chunky yarn, Sandra’s picked contemporary colours for a fun project you can gift to both boys and girls. If you want to up the style stakes, knit the letters in black for a monochrome look, or choose soft pastels for a subtle finish.
Ideal for tucking into a cot or pram, the blanket’s smaller scale also makes it a great introduction to intarsia – the technique of knitting motifs with multiple colours.
- Phildar Phil Alaska, 100% wool, 50g/31m per ball, five balls in Ecru (0032) (Yarn A) and one ball each in Orange (0005) (Yarn B), Eglantine (0003) (Yarn C) and Fjord (0002) (Yarn D)
- 10mm (UK 000, US 15) circular knitting needles at least 60cm (23 5⁄8“) long
- Yarn needle
Approx. 9 sts and 13 rows to 10cm (4″) over st st on 10mm needles
st st stocking stitch
RS right side
Approx. 58 x 58cm (23 x 23″)
How to make the blanket
The main body of the blanket is knitted in stocking stitch with a moss stitch border, while the letters are added using intarsia. Unlike techniques such as Fair Isle, only one colour is worked across the row with intarsia, so you won’t carry the yarn across the back of the work.
Prepare your yarn before you begin, as each area of colour in the chart requires its own yarn supply. You’ll use an entire ball for the larger areas, but use yarn balls cut to the correct lengths for the smaller areas.
On the intarsia chart (above), each new colour on the first row is labelled. You’ll need the following lengths for Yarn A and C:
A1 – 6m (6yrds)
A2 – 2m (2yrds)
A3 – 6m (6yrds)
A – all remaining Yarn A
C1 – 7m (7yrds)
C – all remaining Yarn C
Making the blanket
Using Yarn A, cast on 49 sts.
Row 1 (k1,p1) repeated to end, finishing with k1
Repeat this row 7 times more.
Now work st st centre section and moss st border:
Row 9 (RS) (k1,p1) 5 times, k39, (k1,p1) 5 times
Row 10 (k1,p1) 5 times, p39, (k1,p1) 5 times
Repeat Rows 9-10 until work is 21cm (8½”) from cast on edge.
Now work intarsia chart, starting with Row 1 of the chart at the bottom right. The knit rows read from right to left and the purl rows read from left to right:
Row 1 (k1,p1) 5 times, knit the centre section, joining in yarns as indicated, (k1,p1) 5 times.
Continue working the st st centre with moss st edging for the whole chart. Twist the yarn when changing colour to prevent holes at these positions. When you come to a colour change, lay the old yarn over top of the new yarn. Then pick up the new yarn and knit or purl across to the next colour change section.
There’s no need to join the stitches in the first row of colour cast on stitches. You’ll start to join the yarn during colour changes on the second row or purl side.
Once you’ve completed the intarsia chart, continue with st st centre and moss st border in yarn A.
Row 1 (RS) beginning with a knit row, (k1,p1) 5 times, k39, (k1,p1) 5 times
Row 2 (k1,p1) 5 times, p39, (k1,p1) 5 times
Repeat Rows 1-2 until work is 52cm (21″) from cast on edge, finishing after a purl row. Finish with the moss st upper border:
Row 1 (RS) (k1,p1) repeated to end, finishing with k1
Repeat this row 7 times more.
Cast off loosely.
Weave in all loose ends, running the yarn tails through a couple of stitches to secure them.
To block your blanket, lay a large towel on a table. Spray the blanket front and back with water, then lay on top of the towel. Gently pull into shape, spray again, then cover with another towel and press down gently. Leave to dry overnight.
About Sandra van Katwijk
Sandra lives with her husband and three girls in Victoria, Canada, in a home happily overflowing with knitting projects. Inspired by her love of bold graphics, you’ll find the modern baby blankets she designs for sale in her Etsy shop, Yarning Made.