I really have no idea why it took two attempts to get this pattern right. Perhaps I should rephrase – I really have no idea why I can’t count, knit and chat at the same time! I’ve had in mind to knit a baby blanket with a spiral pattern on it every since the vortex dog blanket.
However, let me assure you, this is a really easy pattern, very showy (I think) and depending on the yarn you use, can be used for a throw (chunky yarn), baby blanket (DK) or even a shawl (sock yarn). In fact, this is the first pattern I’ve knitted that I think I’ll make again. I’m thinking that perhaps the baby camel and silk laceweight beaded yarn I bought last year at Fibre East has found a match.
There are many different versions of this type of pattern, but mine is below – hope you enjoy it. And the best bit is, I have now finished my “maiden aunt” projects
You really can use any type of yarn for this project, however I used four and half balls of a self-striping 50% wool, 50% acrylic yarn called ICE Colourway in lilac shades. The total yardage is 400m plus the cast off yarn. I’m treating the two separately as I used an i-cord cast off, which looks really super in a different colour from your project, so this is a good way to add colour if you are using one coloured yarn. The i-cord also adds a nice three-dimensional cast off which is lovely for little fingers to hold on to. The diameter of the finished blanket is just over 80cm which is perfect for outings in the summer. Obviously if you want a larger blanket just carry on knitting!
The blanket is knit in the round.
Cast on 8 stitches and divide over 4 DPNs evenly.
Set up rows:
Row 1-2 Knit all stitches.
Row 3 *YO, K1* and repeat from * to *. It is a good idea to place a marker after each K1 – it will save you time and effort to have to count too much later on (as I found out).
Row 4 and all even rows up to row 14: Knit all stitches
Row 5 *YO, K2* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 7 *YO, K3* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 9 *YO, K1, YO, K1, K2tog* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 11 *YO, K1, YO, K2, K2tog* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 13 *YO, K1, YO, K3, K2tog* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 15 *YO, K1, YO, K2, YO, K2, K2tog* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Row 16 and all even rows: K to last two stitches, K2tog.
Row 17 and all odd rows: *YO, K1, YO, K2, YO, K to last 2 stitches, K2tog* and repeat from * to * slipping each marker as you come to it.
Keep on knitting rows 16 and 17 until your work is as big as you want it to be.
Depending on what you will be using your knitting for – decorative shawl or functional blanket, you will want a slightly different cast off. You can use any form of decorative cast off e.g. picot, but I used the i-cord cast off to create a solid edge.
Cast on 3 stitches to your left hand needle.
*Knit 2 stitches, K2tog through back loop.
Place the 3 stitches back on to the left needle and repeat from *.
When you get to the last two stitches just cast off as normal.
Block and enjoy!
Do send me photos of your work if you decide to knit this pattern.