Gracie Baby Blanket

The Gracie Baby Blanket is an easy to knit blanket in a fine 4 ply or fingering yarn.

Blanket2It is light and airy, suitable for a new born baby girl or boy – pretty enough for a girl, but not too pretty for a boy. The sample here is knitted in traditional white but it would look equally good in a pastel shade or maybe a semi-solid or variegated yarn.

blanket8The blanket takes approximately 800 meters (870 yards) of baby yarn and is knitted at a tension (gauge) of 6 stitches to 2.5 cm ( 1 inch) in pattern.

There are also instructions on making a larger, heavier weight blanket if you want to use a heavier yarn.

Daisy 1Gracie Baby Blanket is named after the beautiful baby girl the blanket was originally knit for.

The pattern is available for £1.50 (plus vat if applicable). You can download a copy from Love Knitting, Ravelry or Etsy.

 

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8 thoughts on “Gracie Baby Blanket

  1. I have been working on the ships ahoy blanket and have finally come to the end. I wanted to make the blanket longer so I continue to row 29 and was about to put the garter stitches on when I am realizing that I am not getting the wave that was at the beginning. Where have I gone wrong?

  2. Hi Marilyn,

    You haven’t gone wrong at all. Because of the placement of the decreases in the pattern, which make the wave, it is not so pronounced at the top of the blanket as at the bottom. Once you have finished completely, if you give the blanket a wash and block you can give the top a little tug at each sail which will make it a bit more wavy.
    I hope this helps and thank you for purchasing the pattern.
    Mindie

  3. Hi Mindie! I love this blanket and am trying to knit it for a friend due in May. The problem I’m having, and I can’t figure out where I went wrong, one of the side moss stitch borders (that’s being built up as we knit the blanket) is all goofed up–it’s NOT suddenly showing in knit rows or purl rows, but the stitches don’t seem to be on top of one another properly. The problem seemed to start as we switch to daisy rows. Perhaps I loosened the tension on the stitches, or twisted them? But I don’t understand why both sides borders aren’t messed up–one side border is perfect, the other one is such a mess, I don’t dare take it apart because I really don’t know what I did wrong. I am such a beginner I have no confidence in my ability to tink it back that far (I’m in the 2nd series of 4 rows on the body). Should I start over? Should I use a basic rib stitch or stockinette for the border instead–could I even do that without heavy curling? I’m using Sirdar Snuggly yarn (I purchased your pattern as a kit from loveknitting.com) and sized 4 and 5 needles as recommended, but find the gauge for this yarn VERY TINY. I appreciate your advice and help here. Thanks so much! Laura

  4. Hi Laura,
    Don’t worry, I’m sure that we can sort out the problems you are having and that you will end up with a lovely blanket for your friend.
    Firstly, if you don’t feel confident enough to rip back to the beginning of the border, don’t worry. A few rows at the bottom of the blanket will never notice. The overall effect of the blanket is what everyone will see and I am sure that whatever, your friend will appreciate all the work you put into it.

    From what you say, you have mastered the daisy stitch, it is just the borders you are having trouble with and that should be fairly easy to remedy.
    If you have stitch markers, place one at each side of your knitting, 8 stitches in from the end. If you don’t have any markers just take two small pieces of yarn in a different colour to your blanket and tie them into a loop and place these there instead. This will separate the borders from the main stitch pattern of the blanket. You will now be able to see easily where the borders are.

    When you work your next row on the blanket, from the beginning of the row until you reach the first marker, just look at each stitch carefully, you may have to give the knitting a little gentle tug so you can see the stitch properly. If you see the first stitch is a knit ( so you have a little V hanging under the needle) then purl that stitch. If you see the first stitch as a purl ( so it will look like a little bar — under the loop on the needle) then knit that stitch. Work your way across the 8 stitches from beginning to the marker this way working each stitch as the opposite of what you see below the needle.
    Once you have reached your marker, slip this to your right hand needle and work across the body of the blanket in whatever pattern row you are on in the pattern until you reach your marker or yarn tag on the other side. Slip your marker to the right hand needle and then work the 8 stitches to the end in exactly the same way as you did before.

    However!
    If one of your borders is badly out of pattern you will notice when you go to work it that your stitches are not K1,P1 of the moss – like this: V–V–V–V– or –V–V–V–V but something else. In that case, ignore just for the first time what is on your needles and simply work K1,P1 across the 8 stitches. From then on, whenever you reach those stitches work them as above, opposite to what you see. You will then have bought them back into pattern and can continue correctly from there.

    Lastly, if you find that the very edge stitch is very tight (or perhaps loose) and it is distorting the edge so you can’t see what stitch it is then just make a little adjustment to how tight or loose you work that stitch. As you work you way up the blanket it will become second nature to work the first stitch slightly more carefully than the others. It can happen in all knitting as the first stitch is on its’ own so is very slightly less stable than the others who all have a ‘partner’ to keep them in line.

    I hope that this has explained things and will help you get back on track. If there is anything that is unclear or if there are any other questions, please do contact me again. I am always more than happy to help. If you would like me to take a look at your knitting you can always take a picture and email it to me at patternsupport(at)mindiedesigns.com and I will be happy to have a look.

    I wish you all the best with your knitting, do let me know how you get on.
    Mindie

    1. Hi Mindie! Thank you for your kind encouragement! Yes, I’m afraid the last thing you mentioned about them growing too tight and fell out of step is what happened. I am going to start the blanket over again with different yarn. A friend who crochets took a look at my yarn this afternoon and declared it defective–she thinks the unraveling probably knocked my moss stitch out of step. I’ve ordered a slightly thicker yarn for the next try. I’ll let you know how that goes. Thanks again! Have a great week! Laura

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