I am a sucker for new craft projects. Even if I say I'm not going to start anything new until everything I have is done, all you have to do is show me some beautiful rainbow yarn and I am casting on my knitting needles with yet another baby blanket. Because, of course, my friends keep having beautiful babies and I keep needing to knit them little blankets (which, I'll admit, is more for me than for them, but I'll take any excuse). The baby that this blanket is intended for has finally made it out into the world, so I can share this blanket pattern with you all without spoiling the surprise.
This was a really quick blanket to knit; I wanted something simple that I didn't have to think about, so this is fairly beginner friendly. If you know how to do the basic knit and purl stitches, you'll be golden. You don't *have* to use the rainbow wool, although I strongly suggest that you do, because it creates this beautiful pattern without really having to try. This particular ball is big enough to make one baby-sized blanket, so you don't have to do much counting of rows or darning in of ends, and as it's knit corner-to-corner, it's quick to get going.
As soon as I finished, I sort of wanted to pick up a bunch of other colourways of this yarn and knit a whole stack of blankets, but naturally, my eye was caught by something else, and I'm now going to set about making a jumper for Benjamin... But if you would like to take up the blanket mantle, I've popped the pattern below!
What You Need
- 1 ball of Sirdar Colourwheel in 'Follow the Rainbow'
- 4mm circular knitting needles (at least 60cm)
- Needle, for darning ends
- Cast on 5 stitches.
- Row 1: Knit
- Row 2 - 5: Increase 1, knit to end.
- Row 6 (and all even rows): Increase 1, knit to end.
- Row 7 (and all odd rows): Increase 1, knit 2, purl until last 3 stitches, knit 3.
When you reach 164 stitches (or about halfway through your ball of yarn - you can weigh it to test where you are!)
- Row 165 (and all odd rows) - Decrease 1, knit 2, purl until last 3 stitches, knit 3.
- Row 166 (and all even rows) - Decrease 1, knit to end.
When you have only 10 stitches left on your needle, knit each row, decreasing one each time until you have five stitches left.
Cast off and darn in ends.