This week I feel like sharing with you a very simple way to make a blanket. I saw this technique already many years ago and always wanted to give it a try. With my baby-boy coming soon, I had a wonderful reason to find my own version of this simple technique.
I call it Shifting Edges because you start in the edge of the blanket, so you work from edge to edge. Using only knit stitches, it is perfect to work while watching Netflix. After casting on very few stitches, the pattern increases every second row (right side) with a “yarn over”, that are worked as “knit through back loop” in the following row (wrong side).
If you want to make a squared blanket, just use up half of your wool for the increases and half for the decreases. The pattern is written for a rectangle, because I think it is more handy for wrapping the baby, putting in the trolley and so on.
I had this amazing Noro yarn from the last sales of my most trusted wool shop (www.vilfil.ch). It is called “Janome” and consists of 60% silk and 40% wool.
Enough said, hands on, and let’s get started!!
Pattern “Shifting Edges”
Yarn: 200g (4 skeins) Janome by Noro (60% silk, 40% wool), 150m[165yrd]/50g, Col. 9
Gauge: 20sts/36rows in garter stitch after blocking (careful: the silk expands a lot!)
Needle: 4mm/80cm [US 6; UK 8/ 30″] circular needle
Finished Measurements: 60cm/80cm [23/30″]
k = knit
ktbl = knit through back loop
k2tog/ k3tog = knit 2 stitches together / knit 3 stitches together
RS = right side
sl1pw wyif = slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over
Cast on 3 sts, turn.
1 Row: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (5 sts)
2 Row: sl1pw wyif, ktbl, k1, ktbl, k1 (5 sts)
3 Row: sl1pw wyif, k1, yo, k to last 2 sts of row, yo, k2
4 Row: sl1pw wyif, k1, ktbl, k to last 2 sts of row, ktbl, k2
Repeat 3 & 4 row until you count 146 sts
1 Row: sl1pw wyif, k1, yo, k to last 4 sts of row, k2tog, k2 (146 sts)
2 Row: sl1pw wyif, k to last 2 sts of row, ktbl, k2 (146)
Repeat 1 & 2 row for 20 cm. You remain with 146 sts.
You should have worked up 2 skeins when you arrive to approximately 12 cm hight of middle part. Reduce the hight if necessary.
1 Row: sl1pw wyif, k1, k2tog, k to last 4 sts of row, k2tog, k2 (144 sts)
2 Row: sl1pw wyif, k to end of row (144 sts)
Repeat 1 & 2 row until you count 7 sts.
1 Row: sl1pw wyif, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)
2 Row: sl1pw wyif, k to end of row (5 sts)
3 Row: sl1pw wyif, k3tog, k1 (3 sts)
4 Row: like 2 Row
5 Row: k3tog
Cut yarn & pull it through last stitch.
Cut 10 string of approx. 30 cm [12″] for each corner (40 total) and attach to every corner.