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Christmas (or any other winter holiday/occasion) is a great opportunity to try a new afghan knitting pattern. Here are links to some pretty afghan patterns I found on the Lion Brand website. You might want to try one or more of these for a special holiday gift:

Garter Stitch Baby Throw – This is trickier than it sounds because it’s worked on the diagonal. If you managed to do either the Cromwell Court Afghan or the Spumoni Crib Afghan, you won’t have any problems.

Car Blanket – This pattern should work up fast since it’s made with Thick & Quick yarn on size 13 needles. Plus it introduces how to make a really easy buttonhole (for the straps). Finished size is 41 x 42 inches.

Layfayette Square Throw – This lap blanket is worked with two strands of yarn at a time on size 11 needles. The suggested color changes are beautiful. With a seed stitch border and stockinette in the middle, you’ll be able to knit pretty much on autopilot except for remembering to change colors.

Cozy Nook Throw – This pattern is just a hair more challenging because it’s done in the woven stitch. Lion Brands rates it Easy+. But they give you complete instructions on how to do it. This pattern be perfect to do up in college colors for use as a stadium blanket.

Whichever afghan knitting pattern you choose, be sure to check out the prices at fabric.com before you order elsewhere.

What are you planning to make for Christmas (or other holiday or occasion)? Please share your ideas and pattern links by leaving a comment below.

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After figuring out the number of rows and color scheme for my Spumoni Crib Afghan pattern, the only step left is to figure out how much yarn to buy.

There is no magic math, unfortunately, to calculate how many yards of yarn it will take to make a given square of knitted material in a given baby knitting pattern. However, there are some charts available that give some approximate amounts. For a chart from Lion Brand, click here.

The Lion Brand chart gave me a place to start. Read the rest of this entry »

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In my last entry, I described figuring out the number of stitches I need per row in my Spumoni Crib Afghan pattern. The next step in developing this baby knitting pattern is to figure out how many rows to work, plus to pick the color scheme and stripe design. Recall that the wave pattern I am using is a repeated set of four rows. The first thing I need to calculate is the size of one four-row repeat.

The gauge for worsted yarn says 22 rows = 4 inches. I want to know how many inches for just 4 rows: Read the rest of this entry »

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In my last post, I discussed choosing yarn and finished size when cutting down a full-size afghan pattern to a smaller baby knitting pattern. The next thing to do in cutting down the pattern is to figure out how many stitches will be in each row.

First, I need the gauges for both old and new yarns. In the case of the Spumoni Crib Afghan, the original pattern (Cromwell Court Afghan) used bulky yarn and the new pattern will use worsted yarn.

The gauge on the (original) bulky yarn package said 9 st = 4 in.

The gauge on the (new) worsted yarn package said 16 st = 4 in.

The original pattern was 114 st wide.

So if all I was doing was reworking the original pattern in a different yarn, but not changing the finished size, the new number of stitches would be calculated as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Like most knitters, when I work a baby knitting pattern I like to use a lighter weight yarn. The popular choices are #2 (traditional “baby” weight), #3 (sport) or #4 (worsted). Since I’m all about getting things done fairly quickly, I went with #4 for my Spumoni Crib Afghan. I chose Vanna’s Choice Baby Yarn because I liked using it for her Saw Tooth Edge Afghan I reviewed earlier, and I like the colors she offers.

Next I considered the finished size. Vanna’s Saw Tooth Edge Afghan measures 27 x 32 inches. The recommendations from Allison Isaacs in How to Make a Baby Blanket Part 1 are that baby blankets should measure 24 x 36 inches. The super-easy baby knitting pattern from How to Make a Baby Blanket Part 2 is 32 inches wide. After reviewing these three options, I decided to go with the larger dimension (32 inches wide). I figured this would be more of a crib or nap blanket and would maybe continue to be used while the child was in preschool. To keep a nice proportion, I figured the length should be about 48 inches (1.5 times the width).

Here’s a picture of the blanket half done. You can see the stitch markers on the needles. In case you are wondering, Spumoni is a flavor of ice cream. It has layers of chocolate, pistachio, and some variety of pink, such as strawberry or cherry. I picked the colors of yarn after looking at websites for crib linens. Then I noticed how similar the combination looks to the ice cream. Hence the name.

Next: Figuring Out Number of Stitches

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Spumoni Baby Afghan

After making the Cromwell Court Afghan, I decided to try to cut it down to make a baby knitting pattern. I wanted it to be a bit bigger than a regular baby blanket so it could be used on a crib or toddler bed, or become a preschool nap blanket. As far as easy knitting patterns go, I would rate this as an Easy+ (on the difficult end of easy) because of the increases and decreases in every fourth row, plus frequent (optional) color changes.

The final Spumoni Crib Afghan measures about 34” wide by 45” long. Here is the basic pattern, minus the color changes. To download a pdf file of the entire Spumoni Crib Afghan pattern for free, click here.

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My favorite baby knitting pattern is from Vanna White’s book entitled Vanna’s Choice Heartfelt Gifts to Knit and Crochet. She calls it Saw Tooth Edge Afghan (page 22). It’s definitelStriped Baby Afghany an easy knitting pattern because it’s almost all knitting. The hardest part of the body is remembering to change colors every two rows. The only thing you need to know besides the knit stitch is how to knit-two-together for the little Prairie Point-like triangles all around the edge. These Prairie Points take a long time to make, but they are what takes this quilt from boring to super-special.

Vanna’s original design calls for a boyish color scheme of Read the rest of this entry »

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Here’s a demo on how to work a very easy knitting pattern. This video from YouTube is not the best quality, and it runs almost ten minutes, but she really shows you how to knit a baby blanket, step-by-step. (And loses her glasses somewhere in the middle!) Maybe most importantly, she tells you how much yarn to buy. All you need to know is casting on, knit, purl, and binding off. Really simple!

Although she doesn’t say it in the video, her response to comments on YouTube say that she uses #4 worsted-weight acrylic yarn. She recommends Red Heart Acrylic, which is an inexpensive brand. To make her pattern, you’ll need three 5-oz skeins (or 15 oz total). The blanket is 127 stitches wide and as long as you can make it with the 15 oz of yarn.

She has worked the body of the blanket in stockinette stitch. Once you have her basic info, you can design your own blanket easily enough, using your own favorite stitch patterns. For example, you could use basketweave or seed stitch. For me, starting with someone else’s basic idea and then adding my own twist is the fun part.

In my next entry, I’ll show you my favorite baby knitting pattern.

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