Baby Blanket

Update 5/13:
Just got an email that the project is going to run on the Lion Brand Studio Blog on May 24th!
It's been a while since I've posted anything, but wanted to share pics of my latest project. I've been knitting so many projects in dark colors and was thrilled to get back to some color work. This was my first baby project and my friends didn't know ahead of time if they were having a boy or girl (it was a girl), so I wanted to find a balance between typical 'boy' and 'girl' colors and I wanted to use something other than pastels.


The blanket was knit with Lion Brand Micro Spun, a blend of acrylic and microfiber that's machine washable and dryable. I found the stitch in "The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques" by Margaret Radcliffe (Waffle Check, p. 46) and used the gray as the main color, alternating other colors every few rows, using Fibonacci numbers as a guideline. Finished size was approx. 40 inches by 40 inches (with border) and required 7 skeins of Silver, 3 skeins of Lilac (due to the Icord border), 2 Mango, and 1 each of Purple, Fuchsia, and Buttercup. I've probably got enough left over to make a nice scarf.


The blanket was knit on #6 ( 4.25mm) needles and although you can't see it, I carried the yarn up the sides as much as possible to minimize the ends that would have to be woven in once it was finished. I wasn't sure if I would add a border or not while I was knitting it, so I slipped the first stitch of each row to create a nice selvage.


Once it was finished, I felt that the gray/silver yarn had muted the brightness of the colors and I wanted to add a little bit more of a color, so decided to add the I-cord border afterwards. I followed the directions in "Handknitting with Meg Swansen" by Meg Swansen (p. 81, Applied I-cord). I kind of dreaded the idea of doing all of that I-cord, but to be honest it went quickly and was really easy to do once I got it started. Once it was finished, I joined the ends by sewing the last row of stitches from the needle to the first row.


That about sums it up, if you have any questions, let me know!


goatboy's picture

Well done, Michael!

I love the texture of the fabric, and the effect of the stitches is very visually appealing.

Do you have any nearby county fairs? I bet that this would garner a ribbon for you!


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Nice job Michael, lovely work for a baby blanket and very washable.

What a beautiful blanket. I love everything about it. I bet your friends were thrilled.

ronhuber's picture

That is a lovely stitch and really makes a beautiful blanket. The I cord is perfect for finishing it off. Very impressive and I am sure the lucky people who get this will be very happy.

Bill's picture

BEAUTIFUL...and such a good size!
...much more practical than the 36" size....

steve kadel's picture

a beauty

wherever you go, there you are

we put birds on things

Kerry's picture

Your blanket looks great Michael. I like the stitch , which I don't know, and the colours you've chosen. The close-ups show it all off beautifully.

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Tallguy's picture

"the gray/silver yarn had muted the brightness"
Yes, Michael, you are very astute in observing the effect other colours have on a colour next to it. Any light colour -- white, beige, tan, cream, etc. -- will lighten any other colour. It seems to take away the intensity, and leaves everything pale.

On the other hand, a deep dark colour -- black, navy, rich brown, deep green, etc. -- will intensify the brightness of any colour. They seem to let the brightness shine through. Yellow in particular always seems to add just that one spot of sparkle to anything.

I would suggest that you do this again, maybe a scarf, or little hat, useing navy as the base colour and the others as the colour bands, and then see how they compare. The very same yarns and colours, but used in conjunction with a light and a dark base.

mrossnyc's picture

I agree, I knew the silver yarn would tone down the colors, but seeing it vs. imagining it was interesting.

Your comments remind me of my color theory classes in college and learning how to mix various colors with nothing but the primaries and black and white. It was a pain in the butt, yet taught me how to really see what's in a color.

As for redoing it, I'll keep your suggestions in mind, maybe I'll use it as my helix knitting project at the MSKR.

I think it would be fun to do an intarsia project inspired by Johannes Itten or Josef Albers though using a yarn with a broad spectrum of color choices like Knit Pick's Palette yarn.

Tom Hart's picture

Michael, beautiful blanket. The project turned out beautifully but what I also liked was the awesome report! I have that book by Margaret Radcliffe. I’m going to have to check out that stitch. It looks like it could be a great rug stitch. I’m going to look it up. And the Fibonaci numbers. I’m going to look that up too. Thanks for a great report, Michael. Beginners and beyond love a well written and comprehensive report like that. Thanks.

mrossnyc's picture

Thanks Tom,
I think it would make a great rug with a thicker yarn. Due to the slipped stitches it gave the blanket a nice thickness and the yarn I used wasn't that thick. I think it could also make a cool felted project with little spots of color between the main color.

I like to use Fibonacci numbers in striped projects because they tend to 'make sense' to our eyes as being balanced. For those that don't know what they are, it means starting with 0 and 1, add the numbers together and then add the sum to the previous number to get the following series:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ...

Of course in a knitting project, I can't use the zero (or maybe I did?) and on this project I didn't go above 21 stripes of color, but I have gone higher on afghans.

RickeScott's picture

Really nice. Lucky baby!

chipsir's picture

Michael...That is just wonderful. I really am sure your friends realize the thought you put into this project, I can see the care and love you put into each phase. Thanks for showing this.

bobshome's picture

I love it. I'm running for that stitch pattern. Thanks!

I love your blanket, both the colors you used and that waffle stitch. Since I was not familiar with waffle stitch I Googled for some more information on it, and found a free pattern for a baby jacket and hat.
If anyone is interested the website is:

mrossnyc's picture

Thanks for all the comments guys! They did love the blanket.

TheKnittingMill's picture

This blanket looks AMAZING Michael! Wow!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting, Michael. I really like the way it all blends together. I like using the Applied I-Cord edging to hide selvedges...I did one project where it really made the difference between "So - So" and "Fantastic!". -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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