Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Baby Afghan

In January my third grandchild was born. My son flew me to Wisconsin for the occasion. Two days before I left, I realized I hadn't made anything for the baby ~ it would be a shame for him to come into the world without a handknit something from the knitting grandma!

I bought a one pound ball of Lion Brand baby yarn, and started knitting. Jenny went into labor that day, and Carl was born before I got there. I didn't get to attend the birth, but I was welcomed by a very sweet, newborn grandson. I left him a couple weeks later, with this ripple afghan. It is a simple pattern and knits up quickly. All four sides ripple and curl up slightly.

Ripple Baby Afghan

Supplies: 16 oz worsted weight yarn, size 9 circular needle
Guage: 9 st = 2 in

Cast on 144 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: (K2tog.) 3 times, *(YO, K 1) 6 times, (K2tog) 6 times. Repeat from * accross, ending with (K2tog) 3 times instead of 6.

Row 4: Knit

Repeat these 4 rows 72 times. Bind off.

Pick up 112 stitches along each side. Purl one row, then work rows 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4. Bind off.

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  1. I'm going to try your baby blanket since it is light and airy - just what I am looking for. However, I am a little confused about finishing it off. When you pick up the 112 stitches along each side is it continuous or do you do each side individually? If individually, do you join together somehow? Thanks. Marge

  2. Each side is done separately. I picked up 112 up on side, purled one row, then worked 6 rows in the pattern, staring with row 3. Then I did the same thing on the other side.

    If I make a similar afghan, I will probably cast on 12 extra stitches and work 6 stitches of garter stitch on each row. This would eliminate the need to pick up stitches along each edge.

    The change would be:
    Cast on 156.
    Row 1: Knit
    Row 2: k 6, p to within 6 st of end, K6
    Row 3: K 6, Work row 3 of pattern to within 6 st. of end, K6
    Row 4: K.

    Repeat pattern to desired length and bind off.

    1. i am just beginning now...i think that i would be a great pattern to follow i wrote it down and am going to give it a try. if you would like to respond back my email is jjbambi@charter.net

  3. That should say "I picked up 112 stitches up one side."
    No, I didn't join the edges together at all.

  4. Thanks!! I really appreciate you getting back to me. I have 2 grandbabies coming in 2012 and plan to use this pattern for both. I like the idea of casting on more stitches in the beginning. As I said before I just love the way this looks so soft and cuddley. Your grandson is adorable.

  5. Thanks for the pattern, I'm going to start it now.