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 start knitting a baby 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
Your knitted baby blanket is all done and ready to keep a cuddly little newborn warm.
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.