A charming knit baby blanket using the cloverleaf eyelet stitch and finished using a cloverleaf crochet edge.
I have been knitting for about 30 years. When I first began this hobby, I was all about knitting sweaters but I slowly began to realize that it broke my heart a bit when the sweaters I knit weren’t being worn (by me or anyone else) when tastes changed or when they were grown out of or for any other reason. The time investment in knitting a sweater can be significant so you don’t want that garment to be relegated to the closet.
So I’ve transitioned to knitting blankets, washcloths and the like….they don’t go out of style, you can’t really outgrow them AND they are so much easier to knit than a sweater.
But…I already have a stash of washcloths and have knit a couple of big blankets lately, so when Kate told me that the young lady overseeing Kate’s internship was pregnant…Ooooh…I was all…”That’s such exciting news…now I can knit a baby blanket!”
And this knit baby blanket couldn’t be going to better home. Kate’s mentor and her husband are from Italy, only in the US a short time while she works on her PhD, so they really don’t have friends and family near by.
When they return back to Italy, the idea that they’ll take a little token of love from the US with them just warms my soul.
Kate and I deliberated over a pattern for this knit baby blanket and ultimately decided on a Clover Eyelet for the body of the blanket. I was pushing for that since I knew I could add a clover border to the blanket as well…and let’s just admit that a cute border is the icing on the cake…the cherry on top of your sundae…you get the idea. Yup, the combination of knit & crochet is always a plus for me.
Materials for Knit Baby Blanket (38″ by 42″):
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SS – Seed stitch alternates Knit and Purls for every stitch and every row, essentially knitting the purls and purling the knits. Remember that you will never have a knit on top of a knit or a purl on top of a purl. Since we have an odd number of stitches our seed stitch pattern will be: Row 1: * K1, p1, K1 rep from * to end of row, Row 2: * K1, p1, K1 rep from * to end of row, Row 3: * K1, p1, K1 ; rep from * to end of row.
K – knit
P – purl
sl 1 – Slip 1, you simply slip one stitch as if to purl onto the right needle without working it
k2tog – knit 2 together
ssk – slip, slip, knit
yo – yarn over – Bring yarn to front of work just like when you do the purl stitch.
psso – pass slip stitch over – pass the slipped stitch over the worked stitch (the knit 2 together) on your right needle and over the tip of the needle. It’s just like when you’re binding off stitches
Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch on size 6 needles using Berocco Modern Cotton, worsted weight
Cast on 181 stitches (multiple of 6 plus 1)
Knit Seed Stitch for first 3 rows. (Row 1: * K1, p1, K1; rep from * to end of row, Row 2: *K1, p1, K1 ; rep from * to end of row, Row 3: * K1, p1, K1; rep from * to end of row)
4th row: Seed Stitch for first 3 stitches (K1, p1, K1) and then knit rest of row until the last 3 stitches. Use seed stitch for last 3 stitches of the row.
5th row: Seed Stitch for first 3 stitches (Knit, Purl, Knit) then purl the rest of the row until the last 3 stitches. Use seed stitch for last 3 stitches of the row.
Seed stitch the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row for the rest of the blanket
6th row: SS first 3 stitches, K2, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, * K5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, pass slip stitch over, yo, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K2, SS last 3 stitches
7th row and remaining odd rows: SS first 3 stitches, P all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
8th row: SS first 3 stitches, K3, yo, ssk, *k6, yo, ssk, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K2, SS last 3 stitches
10th row: SS first 3 stitches, K all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
12th row: SS first 3 stitches, K1, *k5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, rep from * to last 9 sts. K6, SS last 3 stitches
14th row: SS first 3 stitches, K7, *yo, ssk, k6, repeat from * to end, SS last 3 stitches
16th row: SS first 3 stitches, K all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
Repeat rows 6- 17 until last 3 rows; Seed Stitch last 3 rows.
This video will show some of the knitting, specifically this shows row 12. Even though it doesn’t show the other rows, the stitches used to make up the Cloverleaf Eyelet in row 12 will be the same stitches you’ll use throughout the blanket.
Cast off, but don’t cut cast off yarn.
Transfer yarn to crochet hook.
Work single crochet stitch all the way around.
Begin to work crochet cloverleaf pattern on the corner:
Cloverleaf: single crochet, then immediately chain 3 and single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. Chain 3 more and single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. Chain 3 more then single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. (So you chain and work into the first stitch of the chain 3 times for each clover).Work a slip stitch into the stitch that you crocheted the original single crochet in. The video below will help illustrate.
Single Crochet into the next 3 stitches
Work a Cloverleaf into the 4th stitch.
Repeat the 3 single crochets and the cloverleaf into the 4th stitch for the rest of the blanket. You may need to finagle a few stitches to get the cloverleaf on the corner if that is important to you.
Once done, weave in all loose ends, wash and block your blanket. One of the reasons I do like using the Berocco Modern Cotton for a knit baby blanket is that it washes up beautifully. All the photos were taken after it had been washed and air dried.
I hope this sweet little baby feels the love that was knit into this blanket.
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