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Blankets are like a playground for interesting stitch patterns. And, I for one, need an interesting stitch pattern if I'm knitting up a baby blanket (and even more so for an adult-sized blanket) or I'll pass out from boredom! This stitch pattern doesn't disappoint. It's comprised of simple cable techniques, is pleasingly symmetric, and produces a lovely, intricate-looking design.
Cables are first established within a seed stitch border. The stitches of the cable then spread out, and then come back in, before they get twisted again. The pattern staggers, forming cool, medallion-like shapes.
This is a fairly easy-to-learn cable pattern for intermediate to experienced cable knitters. Those newer to cables can follow the chart and/or written instructions.
Finished Blocked Measurements: Baby (Crib, Throw) Blanket Sizes: 29 ¾ (38 ¼, 51)" [75.5 (97, 129.5) cm] width x 33 ½ (41 ¼, 59 ¼)" [85 (105, 150.5) cm] length.
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Capra (85% Merino Wool/15% Cashmere; 1.75 oz/50g [123 yds/112.5 m] per ball): 8 (13, 24) balls in Ciel #26558. NOTE: Although this yarn is listed online as "DK," it knits up as a worsted-weight yarn in this pattern.
Pattern Gauge: 42 sts = 8 ½" [21.5 cm] and 42 rows = 7 ¾" [19.5 cm] in Cable patt; 22 sts = 4" [10 cm] in Seed st.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted-weight in a soft cashmere/Merino wool bland. Yarn label suggested gauge: 20 to 22 sts = 4' [10 cm] on size US 5 - 7 [3.75 - 4.5mm] needles. While Capra is listed as a DK-weight yarn, it is knit up more like a worsted-weight yarn here. For substituting, please use a soft worsted weight (not heavy worsted).
Approximate Total Yardage Required: 945 (1495, 2875) yds [864 (1367, 2629) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
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Knitting Needles Used: Size 9 [5.5 mm] needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE: 32" [80 cm] or longer circular needles to comfortably fit width of blanket.
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