Knitted Baby Blankets – Giveaway & Free Pattern!

Knitted Baby Blankets  – Giveaway & Free Pattern!

Knitted Baby Blankets – Giveaway & Free Pattern!

September 13, 2016 | Crafts, Giveaway | 4 Comments
You guys!
I’m so stoked to to let you know that my new book 35 Knitted Baby Blankets – is on sale now!
I have been looking foreword to sharing this new book with y’all for what feels like forever – it almost feels like a lifetime ago that I was working on this book!
I have been totally blown away by the response to this book – having only gone on sale on the 6th September, it is already listed in the Top 10 Knitting Books on Amazon UK!
I cent even begin to tell you how utterly happy that makes me – thank you, knitting friends!
screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-12-18-02Knitting for babies has to be top of the list of universal feel good makes – I mean they are always so cute and adorable, they are well received as gifts, we usually work them in the most scrumptious yarns we can lay our hands on, and they usually work up pretty quick – which is super satisfying! I had the very best time designing and knitting these baby blankets for this new book – I wanted to make a collection of makes that I would want to make and gift to the Littles of nearest and dearest, and I really hope that these projects will become something that you make, either for your own little one or to gift to this that you love!
As a little treat for you guys, and by way of a wee thank you for all your support – both of this blog and my books – I wanted to share with you one of my very favourite patterns from the book!
Honeycomb Afghan
This clever design uses slip stitches to create an afghan that looks multi-dimensional, and worked in yellow and grey yarns it grows into a sweet honeycomb motif.
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Materials
Berroco Vintage worsted (aran) weight yarn (52% acrylic/40% wool/8% nylon; 207yds/ 198m per 3½ oz/100g ball) 1 ball of shade 5106 Smoke (A), 2 balls of shade 5121 Sunny (B)
US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
Tapestry needle

Finished Measurements
19¼ in (49cm) x 21½ in (55cm)

Gauge (Tension)
16 sts x 24 rows to measure 4in (10cm) over stockinette (stocking) stitch on US 8 (5mm) needles after blocking

Pattern Notes
Ensure that all slip stitches are slipped purlwise to maintain a consistent finish on the afghan after blocking.

For the Afghan
Using Yarn A and US 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 84 sts.

Rows 1–2: Knit.

Row 3: Change to Yarn B. Knit.

Rows 4–5: Change to Yarn A. Knit.

Row 6 (RS): Change to Yarn B. K1, sl next 2 sts purlwise, *k6, sl next 2 sts purlwise; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 7 (WS): P1, sl next 2 sts purlwise, *p6, sl next 2 sts purlwise; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 8: K1, sl next 2 sts purlwise, *k6, sl next 2 sts purlwise; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rows 9–10: Rep Rows 7–8.

Row 11: Rep Row 7.

Rows 12–13: Change to Yarn A. Knit.

Row 14: Change to Yarn B. K5, sl next 2 sts purlwise, *k6, sl next 2 sts purlwise; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.

Row 15: P5, sl next 2 sts purlwise, *p6, sl next 2 sts purlwise; rep from * to last 5 sts, p5.

Rows 16–19: Rep Rows 14–15 twice.

Rows 20–21: Change to Yarn A. Knit.

Rep Rows 6–21 a further 9 times.

Next row: Change to Yarn B. Knit.

Next 2 rows: Change to Yarn A, knit.

Bind (cast) off.

p18For the Border
With RS facing, working down each side of the afghan in turn at the row ends, using Yarn A and US 8 (5mm) needles, pick up and k80 sts along the side of the afghan.

Rows 1–2: Knit.

Row 3: Change to Yarn B. Knit.

Rows 4–5: Change to Yarn A. Knit.

Bind (cast) off.

Rep to add a border to the second side.

Making Up and Finishing
Using the yarn tail, sew the corners of the border together to make neat miters.
Weave in all loose ends and block to measurements.

Tip
No need to cut the yarns as you fi nish each row; loosely carry the unused yarn at the side of the work by catching it under the working yarn as you make the first stitch, this will ensure that the yarns are always in the correct place as you work through the pattern repeats.

Happy Knitting! 

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Fancy one last treat?

I have three copies of my new book 35 Knitted Baby Blankets to giveaway to Made Peachy Readers, here’s how you can enter…

So, that y’all get a fair whack at it, there are a number of ways you can enter this giveaway – and the best part is each one will  be counted as 1 entry…so, do all three and you will be entered three times my friend!

1 Please leave a comment below sharing what you love about knitting for babies
2 Share this post on Twitter, tagging @madepeachy and using the hashtag #MadePeachyKnitBabyBlankets
3 Give the MadePeachy Facebook page a like, share the giveaway post and leave a comment on why you’d love to win!

Want a bonus entry? Then head over to the MadePeachy Instagram , follow and give the Knitted Baby Blankets Giveaway post a like & comment!

The giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry international chums!)  The winner will be pick at random from the entries and announced on the 27 September  – Good Luck!

♥ – ♥ – ♥
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This pattern is a free extract taken from 35 Knitted Baby Blankets by Laura Strutt, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography by Holly Jolliffe © CICO Books

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4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Katy M

    September 14, 2016

    Congratulations! I just love how tiny everything is 😍 Gets me every time x

  2. Reply

    Julie

    September 16, 2016

    Ahhh! Amazing, congrats on the new book! I am dying to see it in person!!

  3. Reply

    Lisa

    September 26, 2016

    Ahhh congrats Laura, I love knitting but only shall things as s lose patience. My favourite thing ever was I knit Fraser a rainbow entrelac blanket.

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    Caroline

    September 27, 2016

    I love this book. It was perfect timing on publication: it was published the day my friend told me she was pregnant and I started looking for patterns for baby blankets. So when we met up and she asked if there was any chance I might make her a baby blanket I was able to say I already had one on my needles! The lace receiving shawl looks so beautiful (I’ve just bought some lovely silk/merino yarn) and I agree that the honeycomb afghan looks really striking. I struggle with tension when I’m using two yarns, though, so I’m leaving that one for a while.


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