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Squirreled Away Baby Blanket
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The Squirreled Away Baby Blanket is a hooded, textured knit baby blanket pattern you don't want to miss. This adorable blanket is soft, cozy, and perfect for kids of all ages. Your little one will love putting the blanket over his head and pretending he's a squirrel. If you're planning to go to a baby shower in the near future, this hooded blanket is sure to impress the guests and especially the mommy-to-be. This quick knit baby blanket is a lovely alternative to the traditional blanket. Any little boy or girl will love wearing this pattern and snuggling up with it on the couch. Don't waste another minute. Work up this free knitting pattern and you won't be disappointed.
Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)
Gauge7½ sts and 16 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Garter St.
10 sts and 12 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Trinity St Pat.
Finished SizeApprox 50" x 30" [127 x 76 cm], excluding hood.
- Bernat® Baby Blanket™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 72 yds/65 m) - Sand Baby (03010) 8 balls or 547 yds/500 m
- Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) circular knitting needle 40" [101.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch holder
Cast on 94 sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
Knit 9 rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS.
Next row: (WS). K5. *Kfb. K2. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K5. 122 sts.
Proceed in Trinity St Pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K5. Purl to last 5 sts. K5.
2nd row: K5. *(K1. P1. K1) all in same st. P3tog. Rep from * to last 5 sts st. K5.
3rd row: K5. Purl to last 5 sts. K5.
4th row: K5. *P3tog. (K1. P1. K1) all in same st.
Rep from * to last 5 sts. K5.
Rep last 4 rows for Trinity St Pat until work Blanket from beg measures approx 27½" [70 cm], ending on a RS row.
Next row: (WS). K5. *K2tog. K2. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K5. 94 sts.
Knit 9 rows (garter st).
Next row: (WS) Cast off 34 sts. K26 and place on st holder for Hood. Cast off 34 sts.
Slip 26 sts from st holder to working needle.
1st row: (RS). K10. Kfb. K4. Kfb. K10. 28 sts.
2nd and alt rows: Knit.
3rd row: K10. Kfb. K6. Kfb. K10. 30 sts.
5th row: K10. Kfb. K8. Kfb. K10. 32 sts.
7th row: K10. Kfb. K10. Kfb. K10. 34 sts.
9th row: K10. Kfb. K12. Kfb. K10. 36 sts.
Knit even in garter st until Hood measures approx 7" [18 cm], ending on a WS row.
Dec as follows:
1st row: (RS). K10. ssk. K12. K2tog. K10. 34 sts.
2nd and alt rows: Knit.
3rd row: K10. ssk. K10. K2tog. K10. 32 sts.
5th row: K10. ssk. K8. K2tog. K10. 30 sts.
7th row: K10. ssk. K6. K2tog. K10. 28 sts.
9th row: K10. ssk. K4. K2tog. K10. 26 sts.
11th row: K10. ssk. K2. K2tog. K10. 24 sts.
Do not cast off.
Fold last row of Hood in half. Graft 2 sets of 12 sts tog.
Ears (make 4)
Cast on 9 sts.
Knit 4 rows garter st.
Next row: (RS). ssk. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more. 3 sts.
Next row: (RS). Sl1. K2tog. psso. Fasten off.
With WS facing each other, sew 2 Ears tog. Rep for second Ear. Sew Ears to top of Hood as seen in picture.
- Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
- Knit next 2(3) stitches together
- Purl next 3 stitches together
- Pass slipped stitch over
- Slip next stitch knit-wise
- Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
- Wrong side
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Mar 24, 2019
I love this blanket and I would like to make it. I am wondering if I could use a 5 weight.
Jun 06, 2017
Hooded blankets are big now and I can see why. I live in NYC so the hood always helps when it is windy or a bit chilly. This blanket is good in all different colors as well. I can see making the body in one color and the hood in another. The directions are easy to follow and should knit up fast. It is different stitch pattern which I have never done before but it looks easy to do. Always good to learn different stitch patterns. I can't wait to make it. Thank you.
Mar 03, 2017
This pattern is awesome! I always loved the hooded towels for bath time, so how fabulous would a hooded blanket be. I can just see a toddler curled up on the couch in it, and it's out of chunky yarn so should be a quick knit!
Feb 10, 2017
This cozy blanket with a hood is just what baby needs to stay warm and comfy. Like the hood so much. This is a great gift for a new mom.
Jul 12, 2016
I am so in love with this pattern! Plus, it's awesome that you can just print it out!
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