Cotton Blanket for a Newborn
Wrap a new baby in cottony comfort with this easy garter stitch blanket in three colors. The skills needed are: cast on, bind off, knit, and pick up stitches. No need to purl at all.
- 3 balls Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton worsted yarn (1 indigo, 1 denim, 1 red)
- 26” – 32” circular knitting needle, U.S. size 6
- plastic needle for darning yarn ends
Two rows of garter stitch make one garter ridge. Knit all the stitches in both odd and even rows.
Make Center Rectangle
Cast on 40 stitches. Knit 36 ridges (72 rows) in garter stitch. Change to red and knit 6 ridges. Bind off.
Start Picking up and Knitting Color Strips
Pick up one stitch in each garter ridge along a side edge of the center rectangle.
Knit 9 ridges in indigo. Bind off until one stitch remains on needle. Rotate work and pick up stitches along the cast on edge, picking up one stitch in each cast-on stitch. Knit 6 ridges in indigo. Bind off.
Switch to red and pick up stitches in each ridge along remaining side edge of center rectangle. Knit 6 ridges in red. Bind off.
Continue picking up stitches along edges, knitting strips, and binding off until blanket is desired size or yarn runs out. You may make the strips different widths or add extra colors for a one-of-a-kind baby blanket.
This garter stitch pattern is sometimes called Log Cabin knitting after the traditional quilt pattern it resembles. You may break with the Log Cabin pattern by knitting wider blocks rather than narrow strips or by using a random color pattern. The only real rule is that you pick up one stitch per garter ridge along edges to keep things flat and squared.
This technique is wonderful for using up remnants from other projects. Just be sure to combine yarns of similar weight and fiber content, such as baby sport acrylic, washable wool sock yarn, or the Sugar ‘n Cream cotton used in the example project.
Make the center rectangle smaller to create a burp cloth instead of a blanket. Be sure to use cotton for burp cloths, as acrylic is not absorbent. Make 6-inch to 8-inch squares for baby washcloths.
Garter stitch projects are ideal for beginners. The texture of the stitch hides minor mistakes.
Wash Sugar ‘n Cream yarn in cold water to make colors last longer. This yarn wears well, but the colors will fade a bit–like a comfy pair of blue jeans!