This Slip Stitch Baby Blanket will impress people who aren't knitters because the slip stitch pattern makes the project look dramatic and fun but it's not any more difficult than knitting regular Stockinette Stitch. The only key is remembering that you have to slip the stitches with the yarn in front so that the strands show on the right side only.
The pattern is relatively quick knitting thanks to a stocky yarn and big needles, but you'll notice my sample is a little strangely shaped. That's because I was knitting to a deadline and had to bind off before I meant to. See below the pattern for recommended cast on numbers for blankets of different sizes.
- two skeins of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, 340 grams each (I used colorway Hippi); or about 900 yards of the medium weight cotton yarn of your choice
- one set of size 9 US (5.5 mm) circular knitting needles, at least 24 inches long but longer is fine, too (the project is worked flat but a circular needle makes it much easier)
- scissor and yarn needle for finishing
Gauge is not critical, but I got 15 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inches (3.75 stitches and 5 rows per inch) in slip stitch pattern.
Sample is 41.5 inches wide and 32 inches long. The two skeins of Bernat should be enough to make this square, if you have more time for knitting than I did.
Knit the Slip Stitch Baby Blanket:
- Cast on 160 stitches.
- Work 4 rows in Garter Stitch. Keep the first 4 and last 4 stitches in Garter Stitch throughout.
- Begin Slip Stitch pattern as follows:
- Row 1: *Knit 2, slip 2 with yarn in front. Repeat from * across.
- Row 2 and all wrong-side rows: Purl.
- Row 3: *Slip 2 with yarn in front, knit 2. Repeat from * across.
Make Your Blanket a Different Size:
There's no hard and fast rule about what size a baby blanket -- or any other blanket, for that matter -- should be, though there are some standard mattress sizes you can use to help plan your project if you want it to fit a bed.
Generally I shoot for around 36 inches square for a baby blanket (this one is a lesson in what happens when you don't check your gauge and just cast on randomly). For a 36-inch blanket, if you got the same gauge I did, you would need to cast on 136 stitches.
To customize for whatever size you would like, multiply your gauge by the proposed width of your blanket. For example, if you wanted to make this blanket for a twin sized bed (that's 66 by 90 inches), 3.75 x 66 = 247.5. Obviously that doesn't work. Let's try 248.
We know 8 stitches are going to be taken up with the border, so that leaves 240 stitches for the pattern stitch. The pattern stitch is a multiple of 4, and 240 happens to divide evenly by 4, so you can cast on 248 stitches and work the pattern exactly as written, knitting until your piece is 90 inches long.
Note, of course, that if you're making a significantly bigger blanket you will need a lot more yarn. Luckily this yarn comes in big skeins and is pretty inexpensive, so even a big blanket wouldn't break the bank and would make a dramatic statement on any bed.