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Roman Stitch Baby Blanket.

Roman Stitch Baby Blanket.

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Texture for Baby:

The Roman Stitch is a fun and easy knitting stitch that makes a lovely baby blanket full of texture.

While the blanket does not look the same on both sides, both sides are pretty, and this blanket is the perfect size to keep your favorite little one warm in bed or during tummy time.

Materials:

  • three skeins each of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in two colors, or six of one color for a solid blanket (I used colors 3317 and 1310) or about 660 yards total of any bulky alpaca or wool yarn
  • one pair size 11 US needles (or one circular needle, size 11)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle or crochet hook

Gauge

Gauge is 11 stitches and 15 rows per 4 inches (about 3.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch).

Size

Finished size is 36 inches square.

Instructions:

  1. If you are using two colors, decide which color you want on the outside and cast on 96 stitches in that color.
  2. Knit in Seed Stitch for four rows as follows:
    • Row 1: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.
    • Row 2: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
    • Repeat two rows.
  3. Begin to knit in Roman Stitch as follows, leaving the first four and last four stitches of each row in Seed Stitch:
    • Row 1: Knit.
    • Row 2: Purl.
    • Row 3: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.
    • Row 4: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
    • Repeat these rows.
  4. When you come to the end of a pattern repeat and have knit for 8 inches, change to your second color.

Finishing the Blanket:

  1. Continue in the same pattern with your second color of yarn for 16 inches.
  2. Change back to the first color and knit the same number of pattern repeats as you knit on the first side (for me, that was eight).
  3. After you finish your last repeat, knit a row and purl a row, then knit four rows in Seed Stitch. This gives a little space between the pattern and the border.
  4. Bind off.
  5. Weave in ends.

About the Yarn:

Baby Alpaca Grande is a luscious 100 percent alpaca yarn that is a joy to knit with, though it does tend to shed a little when winding into a ball.

It is, of course, not machine washable, so don't gift this blanket to a new mom who isn't up for hand-washing.

The yarn is available in about 30 colors, so you can easily coordinate with baby's room. For a more "girly" look, try colors 567 and 1830.

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