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When you don't know the sex of the baby that's on the way, you could test your luck and knit something in blue or pink, or you could play it safe and knit a bright yellow Sunshine Blanket and Hat Baby Set. A wonderful color for any nursery, yellow carries with it no gender role expectations or assumptions, and instead just brings some bright sunlight into baby's first room. Even those just beginning knitting can manage these free knitting patterns, so mommies, this is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill while you're taking it easy during your pregnancy.
Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch
- RED HEART® Soft Baby Steps® - 4 balls 9200 Baby Yellow
- Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] 29” long.
- Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.0mm [US 8]
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers
Blanket measures: 36” wide x 36” long [91 cm x 91 cm].
Directions for hat are for 6-9 months.
Change for size 12-16 months is in parentheses.
Finished circumference: 17” (18”) [43 cm (46 cm)]
cm = centimeters
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
mm = millimeters
p = purl
RS = right side
st (s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
WS = wrong side
Baby Blocks Blanket: 16 sts = 4” [10 cm] and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Block pattern.
Hat: 18 sts = 4” [10 cm] and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter stitch.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together. Insert the right needle into two stitches at the same time and knit. This will result in a decrease of one stitch. This decrease will slant to the right.
YO = Yarn over needle.
K2, P2 Rib = Knit 2 sts, Purl 2 sts. On following rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Garter Stitch = Knit every row.
Seed Stitch = Knit 1 st, purl 1 st for given number of sts. On following rows, knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts.
(over 16+8 sts)
Row 1 (Right Side): *K8, P8* across row, end K8.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): *P8, K8* across row, end P8.
Rows 3-10: Repeat Rows 1-2.
Row 11 (Right Side): *P8, K8* across row, end P8.
Row 12 (Wrong Side): *K8, P8* across row, end K8.
Rows 13-20: Repeats Rows 11-12.
Repeat Rows 1-20 for Block Pattern.
Blanket is worked back and forth on circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. Do not join.
Tips & hints:
Join a new ball of yarn when there is approximately 6” [15 cm] of yarn left from the old ball. Weave these ends in neatly on the wrong side of the fabric in a zig-zag pattern for a few inches, then trim off excess.
Using 5.5 [US 9] circular needles, cast on 134 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work in Seed st.
Next Row (Right Side): Work first 7 sts in Seed St for border, place marker, work Row 1 of Block Pattern over next 120 sts, place marker, work last 7 sts in Seed st for opposite border pattern.
Note: Continue to work 7 sts in Seed st on first and last 7 stitches on every row to establish border pattern and work Block Pattern inside stitch markers.
Rows 11-20: Continue in Block Pattern Rows 2-10.
Rows 21-30: Continue in Block Pattern Rows 11-20.
Continue alternating 10 rows Block Pattern for a total of 16 blocks.
Next Rows: Work 10 Rows in Seed st. removing all stitch markers.
Bind off all sts loosely.
Weave in ends.
First set of numbers is for size 6-9 months, larger size is in parenthesis. Hat is worked back and forth in rows and seamed closed in back.
Using 5.0mm [US 8] needles, cast on 72 (80) sts.
Rows 1-6: *K2, P2* to end of row.
Rows 7-24 (7-30): Knit every row.
Hat will measure 4½” [11 cm] (5)” [13 cm] from cast on edge.
Begin crown decrease as follows:
Row 1 (Right Side): *K6, k2tog* — 63 (70) sts
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit across row.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog* — 54 (60) sts
Row 4: Knit across row.
Row 5: *K4, k2tog* — 45 (50) sts
Row 6: Knit across row.
Row 7: *K3, k2tog* — 36 (40) sts
Row 8: Knit across row.
Row 9: *K2, k2tog) — 27 (30) sts
Row 10: Knit across row.
Row 11: *K1, k2tog* — 18 (20) sts
Row 12: Knit across row.
Row 13: *K2tog* — 9 (10) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 12” [30 cm] tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn through needle and draw through remaining sts twice, draw up firmly and fasten securely. With right sides facing, align back seam and sew seam closed.
Weave in ends, block lightly to shape.
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