Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern - Scallop
Free Knitting Pattern: Baby Blanket in Scallop Pattern
I fell in love with the scallop pattern, while making a baby hat that included it. It has such a lovely cable appearance, and the 4 round repetition is so easy. I don't have to pay close attention to my knitting. I try to keep a repetitive pattern going all the time, because most often, I just want to knit and NOT THINK! (I am a mother to 4 kids ranging 15 to 3! Sometimes I just need quiet, uninterrupted rhythm for goodness sakes!)
The baby blanket is the perfect solution. The first one I made for my son (which was blue and did not include a border). I loved the scallop in blanket form so much, I decided to make it a pattern. I chose to make the pattern blanket larger than my son's - it is about twice as big and can grow into a lap blanket or a spread for a toddler bed.
I am so happy with the end result, I plan to keep this project on repeat for awhile. I don't even have to know who I am knitting the blanket for. It will be given with love to someone! The point is...it keeps me knitting, and if I am knitting this kind of knitting, I am relaxing. ENJOY!
Yarn: I used a vintage yarn I bought at an estate sale. It was an old Red Heart Baby Sport Yarn, which is a 3-ply sport weight. I had 2 skeins in pink, and 1 each in yellow and blue, so I made my blanket a 3 color stripe with a pink border.
Needles/Gauge: The recommended gauge on the yarn is listed as 22s x 30r = 4 x 4 inches on a size 6 needle. Gauge is not as dire on the blanket, since size variance is acceptable. I tend to knit a loose gauge, so I used US size 5 needles (smaller needle makes my loose stitches tighter).
Finished Measurements: (with border) 40 in x 46.5 in
1. Cast on 222 stitches.
2. Knit in scallop pattern for 43 inches (approximately 62 scallop repeats). I knit 20.5 scallops in each color. The middle blue started with finishing a half scallop, so it actually came out with 20 and 2 halves - one at the top and one at the bottom of the section.
Scallop Pattern: 4 row repeat
1. P2, *s1, k2 psso, p2*
2. K2, *p1, yo, p1, k2*
3. P2, *k3, p2*
4. P2, *p3, k2*
- Tuck in loose ends.
- Add border as desired. I prefer to not count exact stitches while adding a border on this size of a project. Just keep a consistent method for picking up stitches. I picked up 4 stitches going the width of each scallop pattern and 4 stitches going the length of each scallop pattern. I am also careful to pick up the same amount on each border edge. I usually knit the width end first and then pick up that border on the length sides. I made the border 8 rows wide.
- Tuck in remaining loose ends.
s1 - slip one stitch, purlwise
k2 psso - slip one stitch, knit two stitches, slip first stitch over the 2 knit stitches.