Saturday, February 20, 2010

rectangular blankie

I've been making preemie hats lately for the NICU at St. Mary's Hospital. I asked if there was anything else they might like and was told 14" x 16" blankies would be great. I decided to use the old reliable dishcloth pattern and asked my friends on the Knitlist for advice on how to make a rectangle rather than a square. I got some very different answers ranging from not possible to do to something that created a hexagon rather than a rectangle to the way that worked. Here is the pattern:

Grandma's Preemie Blankie - 14" x 16" size

Size 8 needle and 2 oz sport or DK weight yarn

First section:
Cast on 4 sts. Knit one row.
Next row: K2, yo, k2.
Increase row: K2, yo, k to end of row.
Continue working increase row every row until 2 eyelet sides measure 14". Do not measure the side with the stitches on the needle.

Middle section:

Alternate decrease and increase rows until one of the 2 sides equals 16". The other side should still be 14".
Decrease row: K1, K2 tog, yo, K2 tog, k to end of row.
Increase row: K2, yo, k to end of row.

Last section:

Work decrease row every row until there are 6 stitches left.
Next row: K1, K2 tog, K2tog, K1.
Cast off.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Mari, this matches the preemie hat and bootees that I have.
Never thought of a blankie , but will make some to go with the sets for a more complete set.
Thanks for posting.
in Nova Scotia.