Set Sail Knit Baby Blanket


Set Sail Knit Baby Blanket


Set Sail Knit Baby Blanket

Anchors aweigh! This Set Sail Knit Baby Blanket is just the baby afghan for your little sailor. Even the stitches themselves look like waves, and the little boat is almost too cute to handle. Knit baby blankets like these look best in blue nurseries, but we love this baby blanket for girls and boys alike. This is an adorable idea for someone who's expecting who has a spouse in the navy. Try knitting a matching sweater or pair of baby booties to obtain a whole new level of cuteness.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, 6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 motif of basic patt = about 4.5cm wide, and 33 rows = 10cm high.

Materials List

  • Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 120

    200g royal #00151

    50g apple green #00173

    25g or an oddment each navy #00150 and cherry #00131
  • 3-4mm [size 3-6] circular needle 80cm long, plus one 3-3.5mm [size D/3-E/4] crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.


Basic Pattern

No. of sts. cast on mult of 13 + 4 edge sts.

Patt starts with 1 WS row. Work in open rows foll chart between the edge sts., rep motif throughout.

Sts. of motif are reduced by 2 sts. on every 2nd and 4th patt row; on 6th patt row these sts. are inc again by yarn-overs.

Patt is given as sts. appear on RS of work.

Read RS rows from right to left, and WS rows from left to right. Work row 1 once, then rep rows 2-7 throughout for patt.


Cast on 173 sts. royal and work in basic patt; start with 1 WS row and K edge sts. at each end of every row.

When work measures 60 cm (= 199 rows), after a 7th patt row, bind off all sts. Around entire mat crochet 1 round sc [UK = dc] apple green, working 3 sc into each corner st. on every round.

Cont as foll: *1 round sc royal, 1 round sc apple green, inserting hook into the back of each sc of previous round on every round, and always 3 sc into each corner st., rep 4 times from*, cut yarn and weave in tail.

Work 1 sailing boat motif as for Design 6736 and sew to blanket, see photo. Block piece to measurements, cover with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

Sailing Boat

Work the hull in navy from top down. Cast on 26 sts. and work 2 rows garter stitch. Cont in st-st, at the same time 6 times K edge st. at beg of row tog with foll st., and at end of row work a slip dec knitwise over edge st. and preceding st. (= slip 1 knitwise, K edge st., pass slipped st. over). After 12 rows st-st bind off rem 14 sts.

For the sail cast on 13 sts. cherry and work in st-st, start with 1 WS row. On 4th row, then on every RS row 11 times work a slip dec knitwise over edge st. and foll st. at beg of every RS row = 1 st. Cut yarn, bring through the last st., and weave in. Sew hull and sail to front, see photo.


right side
wrong side
single crochet
double crochet
garter st
knit every row
stockinette stitch

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Thankyou for this pattern. I loved knitting it! I used Yarnfair Stripes from Wilcos to create a sandy shallow sea, and embroidered the boat freehand using oddments. There are even two seagulls hidden in the picture! My daughter loves it, says she gets so many admiring comments about it, and it really is a one-off creation!

I love the base pattern of this with the cably/lacy feel and then finished with the crochet border. The crochet border seems so much easier to me than picking up stitches to knit and always finishes with more polish. I would substitute a flower or football I think for the boat, though.

OMG. This is absolutely adorable. I might have to take on this task for my newest cousin. It's a little more challenging than I'm used to, but I'm sure I could get it down... in nine months.

This blanket would look so sweet in a little boy's nautical-themed nursery.


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