The inspiration of the blanket
The Tiny Gems Baby Blanket is a free knitting pattern that was inspired by a dishcloth that I designed in 2020. It uses the Seersucker or Padded Diamonds stitch that adds a beautiful texture. It’s framed on the inside with a stockinette panel and the outside is worked with garter stitch. It’s all worked in one piece, so the borders are worked at the same time as the body of the blanket.
If you’d like to check out the free knitting pattern for the dishcloth that inspired this blanket, here’s the link.
About the yarn
As I was picking out the colors, the King Cole “Little Treasures Double Knitting” yarn in the color “Jem” really called out to me. It has hints of greens, yellows, cream and a touch of pinks / purples. It’s a fairly neutral color for babies and is oh-so-soft. It works up like a dream and there were very few knots. I used just under 4 skeins for this project.
The blanket uses size US 8 / 5 mm knitting needles and works over an 8 row repeat.
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About the blanket
The Tiny Gems Baby Blanket works over an 8 row repeat and the stitches are worked in increments of 4. Therefore, you can adjust the size as you like. One of my testers even turned the blanket into a doll blanket for one of her granddaughters! The framing is worked as you work the blanket, so there’s no picking up stitches or adding to the blanket once the body is completed.
The blanket is sized for a 42″ x 42″ and the terms are written using US terminology. I’ve created a video to help with your blanket
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- King Cole Little Treasures Double Knitting (60% Anti-Pilling Acrylic, 40% Polyamide; 3.5 oz / 100g; 349 yd / 320 m) – 1200 yds / 1097 m in color #4780 / Jem (To find your local King Cole stockist click HERE or visit LoveCrafts to purchase online)
- Size US 8 / 5 mm 30″ / 75 cm circular knitting needle
- 8 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
Measures: 42″ x 42″ / 107 cm x 107 cm
Gauge: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4” x 4” / 10 cm x 10 cm in stockinette stitch
Pattern Difficulty level: Easy
If you prefer and ad free pdf that includes a chart, checklist, larger font and gift tags for gifting your blanket, you can click here to purchase off of Ravelry (or add it to your favorites or que), or you can click here to purchase directly from me and save 10% (The 10% discount from me is valid only for US residents).
Stitches & Terms Used
(Pattern is written in US terms):
Garter Stitch: Knit each row
Long Tail cast on
Pm: Place marker
Rm: Remove marker
Rs: Right side
Sm: Stitch marker
St (s): Stitch (es)
WS: Wrong side
- To make blanket larger or smaller, add or subtract in increments of 4
- Some of my testers needed to do 3 more repeats of the body to meet the measurement
Directions for Tiny Gems Baby Blanket
Click here to view the video tutorial
Using Long tail cast on method, cast on 154
Work 26 rows in Garter stitch
Row 1 (RS): K17, pm, p2, pm, k116, pm, p2, pm, k17
2 (WS): K19, p116, k19
3 – 8: Rep rows 1-2 three more times, slipping markers as you come to them
9: As row 1
10 (WS): K19, p8, pm, k2, pm, k96, pm, k2, pm, p8, k19
Row 1 (RS): K17, p2, k8, p2, *k1, p1; rep * to next sm, p2, k8, p2, k17
2 (WS): K19, p8, k2, *k1, p1; rep * to next sm, k2, p8, k19
3: K17, p2, k8, p2, *p1, k3; rep * to next sm, p2, k8, p2, k17
4: K19, p8, k2, *p3, k1; rep * to next sm, k2, p8, k19
5: As row 1
6: As row 2
7: K17, p2, k8, p2, *k2, p1, k1; rep * to next sm, p2, k8, p2, k17
8: K19, p8, k2, *p1, k1, p2; rep * to next sm, k2, p8, k19
Repeat rows 1-8 sixteen more times or until entire piece measures 34” / 86.4 cm
Next row (RS): Repeat Pattern row 1 once more
Row 1 (WS): K19, p8, Rm, k2, Rm, k96, Rm, k2, Rm, p8, k19
2 (RS): K17, p2, k116, p2, k17
3: K19, p116, k19
4 – 9: Repeat rows 2-3 three more times
10: Repeat row 2 once more
Work garter st for 26 rows and remove markers as you come to them.
Bind off loosely, knit wise
Weave in any ends, then block and enjoy.
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