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Pattern by Trudi Brown
Level: A complete beginner should be able to cope fine with this pattern. It just requires a little concentration. Yarn: 10 x 50g of Sirdar’s Baby Bamboo. Needles: 4mm circular needle or correct size to match yarn / guage. Notions: Stitch markers (if required), tapestry needle for weaving in ends. If you are a bit forgetful like me, place a stitch marker between the stitches of the blanket border and the main pattern so that you don’t make any mistakes. Blanket Dimensions: approx 70cms by 70cms *You could use any yarn, adjusting the stitch numbers and needle sizes to obtain the blanket size of your preference but the blanket pattern MUST be knit over an even number of stitches.*
Pattern Key: K2tog: knit two stitches together M1: make a new stitch by knitting the yarn between the stitch you have just worked and the next stitch. If you’re not sure how to do this there is a tutorial at http://www.learn2knit.co.uk/knitting/increasing.php Pattern: Cast on 130 stitches Rows 1-8 – Knit Row 9 – K5, purl to last 5 stitches, K5 Row 10 – K5, k2tog to last 5 stitches, K5 Row 11 – K5, [K1, M1] to last 5 stitches, K5 Repeat rows 9-11 until the blanket is approx 68cms long, ending with row 9 and not forgetting that you’ll be adding an extra 2cms or so with the border at the top. Repeat rows 1-8 Bind off Extra pattern ideas: A garter stitch border can look a bit ragged on the edges. To make a neater edge you can knit a selvedge border by purling the first and last stitch on alternate rows. Trouble shooting the pattern: Row 10 requires you to knit 2 stitches together across the main pattern of the blanket. This means you decrease the number of stitches on this row from 130 to 70 stitches. Row 11 requires you to remake all the stitches so that you end the row with 130 stitches again. If you lose track of where you are on row 11 ignore the 5 stitches in the border and count the number of stitches you have already knit in the rest of the row. If it’s an even number you need to knit the next stitch. If it’s an odd number you need to M1 before the next stitch. You should always end row 11 with 130 stitches.