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Some of you may have read my pattern for a hand knitted pram blanket and made it for your newborn. I suddenly thought today, what about those people who, however hard they try ,can't knit. There are some...
The Pram Blanket
I was asked by my niece to make a pram blanket or what in my day would have been called a carriage blanket, for her first baby. My niece loves brown in all its shades, particularly chocolate brown. Off to the Yarn store I went for the perfect Knitting wool
I am lucky enough to live near a John Lewis department store which stocks yarns by Debbie Bliss. I chose the cashmerino aran mainly because it was so soft but also gave me the colours in the range that I needed. Traditional baby wools do not tend to come in brown!
If you want to make a pram blanket that is attractive and uses different colours then please feel free to copy my free pattern. I have only knitted the pram blanket in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Yarn so I could not comment on how other yarns would knit this pattern.
Cashmerino aran is made up of 55% merino wool 33% microfibre and 12% cashmere, which accounts for its softness, however I found that it easily kept its shape when working with it and put this down to whatever is in the microfiber. The yarn can be machine washed at 30 degree but not tumble dried.
Recommeded tension for the wool is using UK No 5 needles, 18 stitches and 24 rows to 10cm/ The wool was sold in 50grm balls so I bought 4 which is enough to create a modern day blanket. ( It would not have fitted my silver cross carriage pram that still sits in our loft) . As I wanted to make this blanket with a striped effect I bought four different colours choosing a deep chocolate brown as the border colour- well at least it wont show the dirt too quickly!
To make my pram blanket
I cast on 90 stitches using the chocolate brown wool and worked rib (1knit,1purl) for 6 rows, this gives a nice firm edge to the bottom of the blanket.
Next row (1knit,1purl) 3 times, change wool colour to 1st colour, intertwining the wool with the chocolate brown, knit to last 6 stitches (1knit,1purl) 3 times
Row two Rib first 6 stitches- purl to last six stitches, rib last 6 stitches.
Repeat these two rows twice- 6 in total.
Continue in this pattern changing the colour every 6 rows- when you change the colour it is important to try to intertwine the yarn as it will make for a firmer piece of work with less sewing up. When changing the yarn leave about 4 inches as an end to enable it to be sewn in firmly.
I kept the chocolate brown for the rib around the blanket so that I had 3 colour ways for the actual blanket. I managed to work 7 stripes of each colour and then switched back to the chocolate brown for the last stripe.
First row- knit to end ( this avoids a rather unsightly effect than if you immediately rib onto your work.
Row 3 to 7 rib to end.
The blanket is finished and looks lovely but at the front only. You now need to take care and sew over the ends of yarn as neatly as possible making sure that there are no holes between the rib and the main work. Cut the ends off once they are sewn in safely.
A very light press with a cool iron just helps to keep the corners straight and its ready for baby.
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RichardCMckeown on May 18, 2011:
Thanks for the information.
CASE1WORKER (author) from UNITED KINGDOM on May 15, 2011:
love2 dogs- thanks for stopping by. I am not at the grandchild stage yet- but I guess when I am they will have everything knitted. My kids wore knitted romper suits
I wrote this pattern as a way of making sure that my great nephew got the knitted warmth but also the modern style, which of course, every young man in a pram needs!
love2dogs from NH on May 15, 2011:
Knitting is my favorite downtime activity. My two little grandsons have knit blankets, sweaters, outfits, mittens, et..
It's nice to see someone else that knits and appreciates a good yarn. :)
CASE1WORKER (author) from UNITED KINGDOM on March 17, 2011:
HiJoy, yes i took the photos as I went along. Let me know if there are any pattern types you need.The car boot season will be starting up soon and sometimes people have them for pennies! The main problem with this pattern was making sure that the ends were neatly secured and there were no holes on the joins. A baby will find them when you are not looking! I am making a cardigan at the moment but it is very slow- so many other things to do!
Joy56 on March 17, 2011:
I forgot about you being a knitter...... I have just started knitting again. Unfortunately i do not live anyway where near a place i can get good wool at a cheap price........ I found this hub useful, an i love the pattern. I love crofters wool in sirdar........ i may write a hub about knitting..... did you take the photos yourself. I buy from the black sheep wool shop an on line shop. living in Ireland is difficult for buying most things actually, but i am from England..... Just started knitting again and i am hooked. Fancy swopping patterns etc, maybe through the post. I am unemployed and actually knitting for a crust of bread at the moment.
Thanks for the lovely hub,
CASE1WORKER (author) from UNITED KINGDOM on November 22, 2010:
Hi Ladyface, you could try knitting this in just one colour or be brave and use colours- remember if there are holes at the edges you can always sew them up with the border wool and no one will be any the wiser!
L a d y f a c e on November 22, 2010:
Thank you for the pattern with explanation. I can knit...but just your basic knitting. I can make those dishcloths with the decorative little border around them.. My grandmother, who I lived with a lot, knitted everything. Everything! Sweaters, baby dresses, hats, scarves, mitts, blankets, tea cozies... she taught me basic knitting but didn't get to teach me more than that, and I've been wishing for years now that I could make things like this! And switching colors! A dream!
Sweetsusieg from Michigan on August 23, 2010:
Terrific pattern, and a beautiful job you did! Thanks for posting this.
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 19, 2010:
What a beautiful pattern. You directions and picture are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
CASE1WORKER (author) from UNITED KINGDOM on May 24, 2010:
its not dying- just moved a little underground!
Rob Hanlon from Epicentre of everywhere on May 24, 2010:
Knitting is a dying art, my Mother used to knit every night. I even knitted (as part of getting awarded badges in the Boys Brigade. It's good to hear of knitting, especially all the intricate details. Remember .... what keeps the heat in, also keeps the heat out :-)
CASE1WORKER (author) from UNITED KINGDOM on May 23, 2010:
It is so soft if you use the cashmerino and practical in colour- its just that the day I finished it the heatwave started!
thehomewriter from Oklahoma on May 23, 2010: