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Linnea's Blankie

Linnea's Blanket

This is a group project I organized and finished assembling this week as a secret surprise baby-to-be gift. Boss lady breathes Anthropolgie, doesn’t like pink baby stuff, and likes non-traditional gender neutral colors and funky-ness. The participants were not-so-experienced knitters. It's all in garter stitch using worsted weight cotton blend yarn, with a simple decrease to form a mitered square. You don't have to have your knitters waeve in their ends. The tails can be threaded through the overcast seam. Mitered squares in 5 taupe, 5 light green, 3 blue/purple, 3 cream. Range from 7”-8” wide/tall squares, around 3.5 sts/1", making a blanket more or less 30" square. We got two balls in each color and had a lot leftover. You can make washcloths or hats out of them.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (machine washable and dryable) Hazelnut #830-125, 2 balls; Lime #830-194, 2 balls; Almond, 1balls; Blue, 1 ball

Needles: size 9-10
Ring shape stitch marker
Recommended: loop turner for hiding yarn tails.

CO 56 sts.
row 1: (ws) K one row.
row 2: (rs) K 26, k2tog, place center ring marker (pm), k2tog, k 26.
row 3: (ws) K one row.
row 4: (rs) Knit until you get to 2 sts before the marker, k2tog, slip marker, k2tog, continue to knit to end of row.

Repeat rows 3-4, decreasing on either side of the center marker on even numbered rows until there are 4 sts remaining.

row 5: K2tog twice. 2 sts. Turn.
row 6: K2tog. Break yarn and pull through rem st.

Seam together in cream yarn with overcasting st, forming diamond shapes with the diagonals and matching “grain” of the knitting direction. Hide the yarn tails by pulling through the yarn of the seams. A loop turner is a big help here.

Revised 9/2/09


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 13th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Linnea's Blanket -
Hi there, I am an Australian knitter and have a question abour row 2, K26, K2 tog, pm,K2 tog, K26. What does PM stand for? I have not seen it in our australian patterns. Many thanks, I love your web site. Jasann
Sep. 13th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket -
Hello! Gosh, how did you find me? :D

PM stands for "Place stitch Marker." The decrease is on either side of this center ring marker.

Thanks for visiting!
Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
Hi, I am having a difficult time knitting a square. My square is turning into triangled shaped square! I am following your directions to the "T", but twice this has happened to me! What am I doing incorrectly! Help! Leslie-K
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
First off, I am so surprised that you are making this blankie! Yay! It's not even listed anywhere, so I wonder how you got here. And second, here are some thoughts.

A. If you are knitting on straight needles (not circular) and have not knitted until there are 4 sts remaining, the piece will look strange to you until it is done. It is easier to see that it is a square when you use circular needles.

B. Try making this smaller practice square. You will always decrease the 2 sts before and 2 sts after the center marker.
Cast on 14 sts.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13: Knit one row.
Row 2: Knit 5, k2tog, place center marker, k2tog, knit 5. 12 sts.
Row 4: Knit 4, k2tog, k2tog, knit 4. 10 sts.
Row 6: Knit 3, k2tog, k2tog, knit 3. 8 sts.
Row 8: Knit 2, k2tog, k2tog, knit 2. 6 sts.
Row 10: Knit 1, k2tog, k2tog, knit 1. 4 sts.
Row 12: K2tog, k2tog. 2 sts.
Row 14: K2tog. Break yarn and pull through remaining st.

How did it go?

C. Email me a close-up photo of the triangle shaped square so that I can read your stitches.

D. I re-wrote the pattern. Hope that makes more sense!


Edited at 2009-09-03 03:36 am (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
Thank you so much for getting back to me so soon, but I must admit and apologize because your instructions were perfect it was me who was not! I was so excited about creating this blankie that I was not paying attention and forgot to knit every other row, so no wonder it turned out to be a triangle!!! I have used the same yarn but in different colors and have decided not to make a blankie but a blanket because I love the miter stitch and the texture of this cottonese yarn. Once I learn how to download a picture I will surely send you the finished creation!!! Thanks again, Leslie-K
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
I found out what I was doing wrong, your instructions were perfect, I was omitting the second row of not increasing causing the square to lean into a triangle! I have made about 12 squares already-I plan on making Linnea's Blanket into Leslie's Blanket which will be much larger. I enjoy using this yarn and making the "easy to follow" pattern of yours. Thanks again, Leslie-K
Oct. 6th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
Hi Leslie! I got your notes -- sorry I didn't reply right away. Lovely to hearing from you! I'm so glad to hear that you're having fun with the blanket now. Part of what makes it interesting is arranging the colors and squares in the sewing up. Linnea is still using her blankie, so the yarn has stood up well to some washings already and is still snuggly. Maybe I should make a snuffykin's blanket for myself. :)
Sep. 16th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
Well hello, it's been over 2 years since you last heard from me and I just wanted to let you know that I finished my version of Linnea's Blanket and it came out beautifully. I will be making another but in more "baby-like" colors. I would love to email you a picture of my blanket but I don't quite know how. I'll investigate it more and see what I can do! Take care and talk to you soon...
Nov. 8th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Re: Linnea's Blanket is "leaning"
Hi! Sorry, I just found your message in my in box! You can email snuffykin@gmail.com.
Thanks so much for the update! It's fun to hear about what you've been making.
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