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Rainbow Stripe Baby Blanket

An easy, quick knit
is also a great way
to use up your stash of leftover yarn. 
 

Once upon a time, but not so long ago, I was organizing my stash of yarn. This organizing is a futile project, really. My stash consists of mostly leftovers or scraps from previous projects, but also a few yarns I had purchased in the fiery throes of inspiration... and then never used. I must admit, I have quite a bit of yarn stashed in my house, and when I organize I find ever new ways to group them, without really getting rid of anything at all. While looking at all I have in the closet, I realized that I had enough colors of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream that I could line them up in a rainbow… and so I did. The yarn rainbow was my inspiration for this blanket. 

I must confess, I did not use all the colors of Lily I have. I chose only the happiest and most fun, and tied them all together with bright white. The result is this lovely, cheerful blanket. It is soft, drapes very nicely, and is pleasantly heavy. It is warm enough for an autumn ride in the stroller, and yet made of breathable, natural cotton, so it is also suitable for air-conditioned nights in the summer.

This project is a super easy, almost thoughtless knit. For the experienced knitter, this is the perfect kind of undertaking for a night of watching television or a long car trip. Oh, and it is a great way to burn through some of those scraps. In fact, made in worsted weight yarn in a simple stripe, the pattern lends itself to any number of color or textile substitutions. Enjoy!

 

rainbow blanket 4-001

 

RAINBOW STRIPED BABY BLANKET PATTERN:

SKILL LEVEL:

Easy

 

SIZE:

33 inches x 39 inches

 

MATERIALS:

Worsted weight, 100% cotton yarn:
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: White: 9 Balls (A)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Hot Pink: 1 Ball (B)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Rose Pink: 1 Ball (C)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Black Currant: 1 Ball (D)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Lilac: 1 Ball (E)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Bright Navy: 1 Ball (F)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Robin’s Egg: 1 Ball (G)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Mod Green: 1 Ball (H)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Hot Green: 1 Ball (I)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Sunshine: 1 Ball (J)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Yellow: 1 Ball (K)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Hot Orange: 1 Ball (L)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Tea Rose: 1 Ball (M)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Red: 1 Ball (N)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Tangerine: 1 Ball (O)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Warm Brown: 1 Ball (P)
• Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: Jute: 1 Ball (Q)
Tools:
• Knitting Needles (Straight or circular) – Size 8 [5 mm]
• Knitting Needles (Straight or circular) – Size 10 [6 mm]
• Crochet Needle – Size H-8 [6 mm]

 

GAUGE:

16 sts x 23 rows = 4” [10 cm] square in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with A on largest needles. Be sure to check your gauge.

 

rainbow blanket 3-001

 

BLANKET:

With A, size 8 needles, cast 120 sts. Switch to size 10 needles.
Rows 1-8 Work in St st.
Begin stripe pattern.
* Row 9 (RS) Change to B. Purl row.
Row 10 (WS) Knit row.
Row 11 (RS) Purl row.
Row 12 (WS) Change back to A. Knit row.
Row 13 (RS) Knit row.
Row 14 (WS) Purl row.
Rows 15-19 Continue to work in St st, ending on a knit row.
Row 20 (WS) Change to C. Knit row.
Row 21 (RS) Purl row.
Row 22 (WS) Knit row.
Row 23 (RS) Change back to A. Purl row.
Row 24 (WS) Purl row.
Rows 25-34 Continue to work in St st, ending on a purl row.*
Rows 35 on Repeat from * for stripe pattern 7 more times. Instead of colors B and C, use colors D through Q, in order.
Stripe Pattern Finished.
Bind off with A.

 

FINISHING:

Weave in ends.
Crochet border.

 

BORDER:

Rnd 1 (RS) Using crochet needle, join A with sc anywhere in outer edge of blanket. Sc evenly around the entire edge of the blanket. In each corner, work 3sc. At the end of the round, ch 1.
Rnd 2 (RS) Sc evenly around the entire edge of the blanket. In each corner, work 3sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

 

rainbow blanket 6-001

 

ABBREVIATIONS:

Knitting:
k = knit 
p = purl
St = stitch
St st = Stockinette stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Crochet:
Sc = single crochet
Ch = chain
Rnd = round
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

 

rainbow blanket 5-001

 

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