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Horizontal Dash Stitch Preemie Blanket


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Horizontal Dash Stitch Preemie Blanket

A closeup of the Horizontal Dash Stitch Preemie Blanket.

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Premature babies usually need lots of help to keep themselves warm, and a smaller-sized blanket is a great choice for wrapping a baby or covering up an isolet. I chose this size based on a discussion I had with Cheryl Morrissette, About.com's Guide to Preemies.


  • three skeins of Red Heart Collage, or about 525 yards of a medium weight yarn of your choice
  • One pair size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles (or a circular needle for ease of working with the large number of stitches)
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle


15 stitches and 23 rows per 4 inches (3.75 stitches and 5.75 rows per inch) in Horizontal Dash Stitch. Gauge is not incredibly critical, but you don't want a really open fabric.


Finished blanket is 30 inches square.

Instructions for Knitting the Blanket:

  1. Cast on 118 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch for 6 rows.
  3. Keeping the first 6 and last 6 stitches of each row in Garter Stitch, work the middle 106 stitches in Horizontal Dash Stitch (see below) until piece measures about 29 inches from cast on edge.
  4. Work 6 more rows in Garter Stitch.
  5. Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Horizontal Dash Stitch:

Works on multiples of 10 plus 6 stitches.

Row one: Purl 6, *knit 4, purl 6. Repeat from * across row.

Row two: Purl.

Row three: Knit.

Row four: Purl.

Row five: Purl 1, *knit 4, purl 6. Repeat from * across until five stitches remain, knit 4, purl 1.

Row six: Purl.

Row seven: Knit.

Row eight: Purl.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

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