Free Baby Blanket Pattern

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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.

Ziggy is a traditional zig zag stitch transformed into a timeless blanket, just the right size for a stroller, car seat or in a larger size for a crib.

Ziggy is a traditional zig zag stitch transformed into a timeless blanket, just the right size for a stroller, car seat or in a larger size for a crib.

 

free baby blanket pattern

Make Ziggy in pastels or brights.

 

Ziggy for Babes - two sizes and two colour ways - have some fun and choose your own.

Ziggy for Babes – two sizes and two colour ways – have some fun and choose your own.

 

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

Louet Mohair On Sale – Free Afghan Pattern

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For most of us it is still winter.
As we watch our Canadians excelling at the Winter Olympics
we might want a little bit of  TV knitting.

Here is a easy free afghan pattern to knit that you can make with almost any yarn;
it is a great stash busting pattern or use any yarn that you fancy.

Afghan in Louet Mohair

A cozy afghan to wrap yourself up on a cold winter’s nights.
Looks great a home decor piece.

 

The sample is made with Louet Mohair which we have on sale for an amazing $5.00 a skein while quantities last.

Here is the link to the Yarn

Download Pattern:  Elegant Mohair Throw

This elegant throw is very simple to knit and is suitable for any level of knitter.

Yarn Requirements: 10 skeins Louet Brushed Mohair, worsted weight. (50g skein—105 yds).

Sample was knit using 2 each of 5 colours: black # 22, dark grey # 49, smoke # 21, desert #01,

chestnut # 53. To make it your own, choose from the many beautiful shades of this yarn to suit your

own décor.

Needles: 8mm circular needle 100cm or longer. Gauge: 10 sts = 10 cm

Instructions:

Cast on 150 stitches in any colour. Knit 2 rows. Change to a new colour every 2 rows repeating this

until all the yarn is knit. When done cast off loosely.

At the same time and on every row leave a tail about 10—12” (will be 5—6” folded in half). This will

form the fringe. After the throw in completed or as you go cut the tail in half and tie one tail to its

neighbour. This will form the fringe.

You have equal amounts of each colour so you need to knit approximately the same # of rows of each

colour. Don’ t repeat colours in same sequence but vary the sequence as it suits your fancy. To create

more interest you can do a couple of things. If you don ’t want a solid stripe effect then about

every 8th colour change knit 3 rows instead of 2; or after 2 rows don ’t turn the work but attach a

new colour and knit back from the opposite end from where you ended. On circular needles you can

start from either end. This will shake up the stripes and add a softer look.

Sit, relax, enjoy!