When I tell you about how long it took me to make this blanket, you’re going to think, “Wow, that’s not as quick as your title promises.” So let me point out that I have carpal tunnel and it makes it difficult for me to complete projects as quickly as I would like.
That said, I only started working on this in January. I finished in April. Three to four months isn’t so bad.
My sister-in-law asked me to knit her a baby blanket over Christmas. I had made one for her first baby and she wanted a separate one for her second. Honestly, the idea of knitting a blanket for every baby is nice. So I was pretty happy to do it!
He arrived in March, which gave me another couple of months to knit (SIL doesn’t use blankets with newborns). Finally, I finished it. I was at a friend’s house, drunkenly babbling about politics after a long afternoon of cooking and helping her with a barbecue she threw.
Which should speak to house easy the blanket is! If I can do this drunk and without a pattern, you can do it sober.
So if you need to whip a baby blanket up quickly, no worries! This quick and simple striped knitted baby blanket is exactly what it sounds like: quick and simple. You’ll be making this in your sleep!
Quick and Simple Striped Knitted Baby Blanket
I used the Unending Love Knitted Blanket Pattern from Expression Fiber Arts. I do not own the rights to the pattern, so you’ll have to go there to get it.
- 6 skeins of Brava Sport yarn (2 cream, 2 silver, 1 alfalfa, 1 tranquil)
- Addi Turbo 32-inch Circular Knitting Needles, US 5
- Clover Jumbo Bent Tapestry Needle (I LOVE these for weaving in ends!)
- stitch markers
- stitch counter
Changes to the Pattern
As you can see, I did not use the recommended yarn or colors for the project. The blue was pretty, but I wanted to add something more. So I included the green. The pattern is worked in three types of stitches: seed stitch, stockinette stitch, and garter stitch. Every other section, I switched between the blue and the green.
I also used cream, instead of white or ivory. In hindsight, I do wish I’d gone more ivory. People keep thinking the cream is “yellow,” which is warmer than what I wanted.
The stockinette rows are supposed to go to row 29. I stopped it at row 28 because I didn’t like that you could see the new stitches on the right side of the fabric. I also felt that section was a little too big, compared to the others.
This change also gave the garter section an extra row to grow. Garter grows slowly, so this worked well. Though it does mean that the first row of the garter section will be stockinette. But you can’t tell, and it makes the garter section look bigger.
I did my cast on and off the way she suggested. However, I felt it would make my life a lot easier if I inserted a stitch marker between every 25 rows. This way, if I lost a stitch or lost my place, I would know where I was. It also gave me an idea of how much longer the row was and when I needed to switch back to the seed stitch border.
This knits up nicely! I 100% recommend using the Brava Sport yarn linked above. It’s not an affiliate link, I just really like the yarn. It knits like a dream, and it gets softer the more you use and wash the garment. I’ve used it in almost every blanket I’ve made.
If you get the chance to try this pattern, let me know what you think of it!