Ziggy for Babes is a free baby blanket pattern; it will make a perfect gift for new arrivals. Ziggy is available as free download below. Baby blankets are always popular for gifting or to make for your own expected one. A blanket is a timeless, functional gift that baby won’t quickly outgrow; it may be used for more than one baby and is often tucked away as a keepsake for the next generation. My own babes were very attached to their “blankies” and several favourites were put away for grandchildren.
We designed Ziggy to be gender neutral and “not too babyish” so it would grow with the child. Change the colours to what appeals to you or to the mother to be. It is pretty hard to resist making a gender specific blanket but often blankets are knit before the gender is known. We loved the neutral colours that we stock in the shop of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Just as a note, you could easily make a finer, lighter version with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Inncrease the number of repeats and use a 3.50 mm needle.
The stitch pattern is really simple. The pattern stitch is two rows repeated with a 12 stitch pattern repeat that includes one decrease and one increase within the 12 stitches. There are various ways to increase and all will work. I chose to knit into the back of the loop below the next stitch to increase on the Right Side. For the Wrong Side increase I purled into the top of the loop on the stitch below the next stitch. This makes all the stitch increase within the same stitch not on either side of the centre stitch. Experiment and see what increases you like the most.
Download free baby blanket pattern here: Ziggy for Babes
Happy Knitting….We would love to see your finished versions. Email them to us or post on Ravelry.
Sally and the Gang at Art of Yarn