Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Diamonds and Children are forever

One of my cousins had a beautiful baby boy in the beginning of December. I wanted to make a baby blanket for him, but I couldn't find anything I liked. It had to be simple enough to memorize the pattern so I could carry it along with me.

I found a diamond baby blanket pattern on freevintageknitting.com but it wasn't a reversible diamond. It's still a lovely design, but it's done in stockinette with the outlines of the diamonds being purled on the right side and knit on the wrong side. The diamond were just outlines, rather than whole diamonds.

I looked and looked and looked some more but I didn't find anything I was overly happy with. So one day I sat down with a book of graph paper and drew a pattern. This is what I came up with. It's a simple 12 x 7 diamond pattern in a durable (and affordable) acrylic yarn. Enjoy!




Size: about 30" x 30" but it will vary based on the individual knitter. Details for Worsted weight version here

Materials
~ Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 a skein of Bernat Baby Sport (100% Acrylic, Sport/5 ply, 1077 yards per skein) or 360-540 yards of some other sport weight yarn
~ One size 7/4.5 mm (or weight appropriate size) 24" or bigger circular knitting needle
~ Darning/Blunt/Tapestry needle
~ 2 Stitch Markers

Gauge: Not important, if you think it's too loose or too tight adjust your needle size accordingly

Skills Used: Knit and Purl Stitches, Cast-on, Cast-off

 Abbreviations:
~ K- knit
~ P - purl
~ CO - cast on
~ BO - bind/cast off
~ PM- place marker
~SM - slip marker

Directions Using Chart:
Chart A (click for larger picture)
CO 128 Stitches.
Knit 8  rows.
Follow Chart A, repeating each line 12 times per row. Knit the first four and last for stitches of each row. Repeat full chart 7 times for a blanket that is 12 diamonds by 7 diamonds.
Knit 8 rows.
BO.


Written Directions: 
CO: 128 Stitches (or a multiple of 10 + 8).

Knit 8 rows.
Row 1: Knit 4 stitches, place marker, K 4, *Purl 2, K8, repeat from * to last eight stitches, K 4, pm, K4.
Row 2: K 4, slip marker, P 4, *K 2, P8, repeat from * to four stitches from marker, P 4, sm, K4.
Row 3: K 4, sm, K 3, P 4, *K 6, P 4,repeat from * to three stitches from marker, K 3, sm, K4.
Row 4: K 4, sm, P 3, K 4, *P 6, K 4,repeat from * to three stitches from marker, P 3, sm, K4.
Row 5: K 4, sm, K 2, P 6, *K 4, P 6, repeat from * to two stitches from marker, K 2, sm, K4.
Row 6: K 4, sm, P 2, K 6, *P 4, K 6, repeat from * to two stitches from marker, P 2, sm, K4.
Row 7: K 4, sm, K 1, P 8, *K 2, P 8, repeat from * to one stitch from marker, K 1, sm, K4.
Row 8: K 4, sm, P1, K 8, *P 2, K 8, repeat from * to one stitch from marker, P 1, sm, K4.
Row 9: K 4, sm, Purl all stitches to marker, sm, K4.
Row 10: K 4, sm, Knit all stitches to marker, sm, K 4.
Row 11: Same as Row 7
Row 12: Same as Row 8
Row 13: Same as Row 5
Row 14: Same as Row 6
Row 15: Same as Row 3
Row 16: Same as Row 4
Row 17: K 4, slip marker, K 4, *P 2, K8, repeat from * to four stitches from marker, K 4, sm, K4. (Or Same as Row 1 but slip the markers instead of placing them.)
Row 18: Same as Row 2
Row 19: Same as Row 10
Row 20: Same as Row 9

Repeat Rows 1 - 20 to desired length.
Knit 8 rows.
Cast off.

Finishing:
Weave in any ends. For more balanced diamonds I recommend blocking the blanket, as they tend to ripple. Blocking the blanket will help flatten it out and make the diamonds more standardized with equal horizontal and vertical dimensions. However, do so gently if using an acrylic yarn like I did as any blocking runs the risk of becoming permanent and you don't want to over stretch the blanket.

The size of this blanket can be easily adjusted by adding or subtracting a multiple of 10 stitches. It can also be made into a more rectangular shape by adding or subtracting the number of full chart repeats.

Blocked blanket with EOS chapstick to show size

Let me know if you have any questions about the chart, written instructions, any part of the pattern, or anything else. You can send me a message here, or through email at teacupsandradios(at)gmail(dot)com .

2 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful pattern. And it is something that is easy to work on while I recover from surgery that I had yesterday. Thank you for sharing this!

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  2. I'm going to knit this for my dog. She is already of an respectable age and needs surgery in a few weeks, and winter will be here soon so I'm sure she'll appreciate a nice warm blanket.

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