Knit a Corner to Corner Baby Afghan

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Isn’t it wonderful when a baby comes into your life? Well, when one is on the way, you need to get busy and make that baby a blanket to wrap up with love!

Baby Afghan 2This seed stitch blanket is a winner and it’s a pattern I found on the wrapper of the Bernat Baby yarn I was purchasing. I’m including the free pattern here and some tips I have about knitting it. In the end you will have a baby blanket measuring about  35 inches square.

Materials List:

Gauge:

8 ½ stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches in the Seed Stitch Pattern

*Gauge has to do with the thickness of the yarn you choose and whether it will work for the pattern you want to knit.  So, start by checking the gauge intended on the pattern you choose. On this blanket pattern, the gauge is that 81/2 stitches will equal 4” knitted horizontally and it will take 13 rows to also make 4” of blanket knitted vertically. You need to select a yarn that will match the pattern gauge IF you want the project to turn out as the designer intended.

Since I chose the yarn first and decide to make the pattern printed on the back of the wrapper, I was all set!

Tips:

Three things:

One, I will explain what each of these symbols means at the end of this article so I don’t make the instructions too busy.

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Two, there are so many rows of instructions with this pattern that I found if I make myself a cheat sheet and mark each row I knit, I can take a break and make dinner or get a beverage and not lose my place.  I actually started the project and had to rip it out and start again because I kept forgetting which row I was on.

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Three, if you have never knitted with circular knitting needles, this is going to be a treat for you.  This was my first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just use them as though they were two, but be careful not to drop any stitches off the ends.  Every time I left my work I stuck the needles into the ball of yarn and put the entire project into a plastic bag to make sure I didn’t lose any stitches.

Instructions:

Cast on 2 sts.

1st row:  Inc 1 st in first st. K1. 3 sts.

2nd row:  (RS).  K1. (yo. K1) twice. 5 sts.

3rd row:  K1. P3. K1.

4th row:  K1. yo. K1. P1. K1. yo. K1. 7 sts.

5th row:  (K1. P1) 3 times. K1.

6th row:  K1. yo. (P1. K1) twice. P1. yo. K1. 9sts.

7th row:  K1. P2. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1. K1.

8th row:  K1. yo. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K1. yo. K1. 11 sts.

9th row:  *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

10th row: K1. Yo. *P1. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1. yo. K1. 13 sts.

Rep 7th to 10th rows until work measured along straight side edge measures approx. 35” ending with a 10th row.

Baby Afghan 5This will take your baby afghan from a tiny corner to half way through the afghan.  It will be a triangle shape with the entire diagonal width on your circular knitting needle.  Now we need to start decreasing stitches to come to the opposite point of the afghan.

The pattern called each of the following rows simply “Next row”. I numbered them so I could stay on track.  I’m going to number them for you. Of course this isn’t the 11th row, it’s probably row 111, but who’s counting???

11th row:  K1. P2. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1. K1.

**12th row:  (RS).  K1. yo. P3tog. *P1. K1. Rep from * to last 5 sts. P1. P3tog. yo.  K1.

13th row:  *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

14th row:  K1. yo. P3tog. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 5 sts. K1. P3tog. yo. K1.

15th row: K1. P2. *K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P1. K1. **

Rep from ** to ** until 9 sts. rem.

As you continue on, the afghan will shrink down to 9 stitches and you are almost done! I will number these rows as well, but we all know the numbers are there just to keep us on track.

16th row:  (RS). K1. yo. P3tog. P1. P3tog.  yo. K1.  7sts.

17th row:  (K1. P1) 3 times. K1.

18th row:  K1. P2tog. P1. P2tog. K1. 5sts.

19th row:  K1. P3. K1.

20th row:  K1. P3tog. K1. 3sts.

21st row:  K1. P1. K1.

22nd row:  P3tog. Fasten off.

Baby Afghan 6Yay! You did it! Now wasn’t that fun?  I can’t wait to make another one. But before you send it off in the mail, you need to block your afghan.  This means straighten all the stitches out so your piece doesn’t look jabberwocky!

First, block the afghan by hand by holding it at each side and gently stretch it horizontally, vertically and diagonally a couple times to get the stitches to even out.

Then, place a towel or a couple towels to make a large enough base on a guest bed perhaps.  Place the afghan on the towels and pin it in the shape you want, going through the bedding to hold it in place. (Only do this if your bedding can handle a few pin pricks!) Then, lightly spray the afghan with water and leave it to dry.  It may take a couple hours or better yet, leave it overnight to be sure it is completely dry.

OK, now you can pack it up and send it off in the mail! Congratulations!

Shari

Glossary of Terms:

Cast on  - This is how you get the loops onto the first needle to get started.

*To cast on, make a slip knot on one of the needles and this will be considered your first stitch. Place this needle in your left hand and hold the other needle in your right hand.  Insert the point of the right needle into the slip knot, from front to back and under the left needle. While holding left needle, slide your fingers over to the right to brace the right needle while you grab the yarn from the ball and wrap it around the point of the right needle. Return your fingers to the right needle while continuing to hold the yarn.  Draw the yarn through the stitch on the left needle using the point of the right needle until the right needle is resting on top of the left needle. Now we have to get this new stitch onto the left needle as stitch number two.  To do this, slide the point of the left needle into the back of the new stitch and then remove the right needle. Hooray!  You now have two stitches!  Now, insert the right needle into the second stitch.  Start between the two stitches and go in from front to back.  Repeat what you did before, wrapping the yarn and pulling it through then putting it on the left needle for stitch number three. Continue in this fashion until you have the number of stitches on the left needle that you want.

Sts – Stitches

Inc – Increase

*To increase a stitch, you knit the stitch like you normally would. Insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle from the front to the back.  Wrap the yarn around the needle and pull it through to knit.  Stop there before you drop the stitch from the left needle. Now, stretch the stitch on the left needle a bit and knit again into the back of the same stitch and slip the stitch off. Now you’ve added a stitch!

(RS) – Right side

yo – yarn over

*This is another way to increase a stitch. Knit up to the point where the “yo” or yarn over is instructed. Then take the loose yarn, bring it from the back to the front between the needles and up and over the right needle.  In other words, bring the yarn over the needle. Then simply knit the next stitch as you would. This adds a loop on the right needle for the next row.

K1. – This means knit one stitch.

P1. – This means pearl one stitch.

P3tog. – This means pearl three stitches together.

*To do this, push the right needle through three stitches on the left needle and pearl as if you were doing one stitch and pull them all off at once, reducing the  number of stitches for the next row.

Rep – Repeat

Fasten off – This is how you end a knitted item.

* When only one stitch remains, cut the yarn from the skein about 6” away from the needle. Pull the end through the last stitch to secure it.  Then, either using a yarn needle or your fingers, weave the end into several stitches along the bottom edge of the project to keep it in place.

Comments

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hey Trina! Yes, this one was easy once I started the checklist…I had so much trouble remembering what line I was on! And thank you again for the lovely e-birthday card!

  1. Julie says

    I am also knitting this blanket, but I am not clear on what to measure for straight edge, I think it is what is going from one side of the needle to the other side of the needle. But that is actually diagonal not straight…..any help would be appreciated.

    • Shari Hiller says

      HI Julie, surely by now you have figured this out…so sorry, I just found your question. I’m not sure what you are asking, but I think the straight edge would be from the point, along the edge, to the needle.

  2. Marbletre says

    I need help doing the 2nd row. I can’t get it to end up with 5 stitches can you tell me anything that might help. I have the 3 stitches but, don’t understand how to get the row 2 to work out.

    • Shari Hiller says

      The second row takes you from 3 loops on the needle to 5 loops on the needle. The instructions read, (K1. (yo. K1) twice. 5 sts.) So put your needle in the first loop and knit one stitch. Then perform the “yo” which is yarn over. Bring the yarn from the back to the front between the two needles and put it up and over the right needle then go ahead and put the needle into the second loop on the opposite needle and knit one. Now you have three loops on the right needle. The instructions say to do this twice, so do the yarn over and knit one again and you’ll have five loops on the right needle and be finished with row two. You may not have noticed, but further down in the instructions it explains what some of the abbreviations mean. I hope that helps!

  3. Brittney says

    Hi! I’m making this blanket & came to the end. I had 9 sts and then I did exactly what it said (K1. Yo. P3tog. P1. P3tog. Yo. K1.). I should have had 7 sts remaining but I only had six. I redid it and still got the same results. Wondering if you ran into this problem/what I’m doing wrong? Thanks!

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hi Brittney! well, let’s see, your K1 is 1 stitch, YO is 2, P3tog is 3, P1 is 4, P3tog is 5, YO is 6, and K1 should make 7. Does that help?

  4. joanne heath says

    can you tell me how to decrease so that the blanket would be in a rectangle shape instead of square or where I could find a pattern for it thank you soo much this blanket is really pretty and was fun making

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hi Joanne! I don’t think this one can be made in a rectangle. The second one I made I kept going further in the middle thinking I could make it bigger and it ended up in a diamond shape! Not good!

  5. Elise Weisz says

    hi,i am knitting this blanket and i was wondering if i can make this blanket 40 to 50 inches long by following the pattern.this is my first blanket but would love to make it a bit bigger.thank you Elise

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hi Elise, this blanket is meant to be square only. You might need to try a blanket created from top to bottom instead of corner to corner.

  6. Sally Unrau says

    I have done six of these wonderful blankets since the start of summer. I do “Knit For Kids” for World Vision. The last yarn I used would make an amazing adult afghan, but I’m wondering if you have any conversion tables for making this pattern into a rectangle? It knits up so fast for me. It feeds my OCD need to count! :-). Knit, pearl, knit pearl seed stitch!

  7. Cece says

    Hi there! Did you ever find that rows were ending up matching up versus knitting a stitch into a purl or vise versa? I’m currently about mid way done and all of a sudden my rows are matching up (I”m creating rows of purls and stitches)! My guess is I need to rip out a few rows and re-set, but wanted to see if you had this experience. Thank you! Yours turned out beautiful!

    • Shari Hiller says

      Cece….yes…it happened to me more than I like to admit! If someone tries to talk to me while I’m doing a row, I can get all messed up. You aren’t alone!!

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hi Mary, it sounds like you are just starting. So let’s look at the line, first K1. that makes 1, yo. makes 2, (P1. K1) twice. makes 3,4,5 and 6, P1. makes 7, yo. makes 8, and K1.makes 9. Does that help?

  8. linda martin says

    I have made 2 of these.Had to buy 2 more skeins of yarn for the first.I went from a size 8 needle to a 6. Had to buy 2 more skeins of yarn for the second.What am I doing wrong?

  9. Stacy Eldridge says

    Yours looks great! Mine does not. I kept getting vertical rows. Should I always knit the purls and purl the knits to avoid this? I’m not sure how I get off. At the end of the rows I think. Any help would be appreciated. I know you did this long ago.

    • Shari Hiller says

      Stacy, I can’t even begin the tell you the concentration that this takes me to do. and, apparently it’s the same with many of you because a lot of you are having trouble. I’m so sorry to hear about that. I hope you’ve resolved the issue in some way – like using the yarn to make something else! Hahaha! There are times when I think it’s OK to give up, don’t you?

  10. Maddy says

    I know this is old but I am hoping to get a response…I notice where your yarn overs are you don’t have a hole so to speak but I do, is this right???

  11. Tara says

    I knitted one of these, but I obviously messed up fundamentally, somewhere, as it looks stretched, with the starting and ending corners too long. Will blocking fix this, or am I going to have to completely re-do the blanket? Fortunately, I do have a couple of months before my niece’s baby is due.

    • Shari Hiller says

      Tara, I had the exact same thing happen and it’s because I went further in the middle than I should have. When it says stop at a certain number of inches, you HAVE to stop there because in this design, that is the maximum length of each side. I went too far on one that I did and it turned into a diamond shape. Is that what you are talking about?

  12. Teressa says

    First time grandparent and basic knitter. Thank you so much for this! You made it so much easier to follow than the actual pattern.

  13. Tina says

    I have been stuck at 11th row. As in decreasing and I am confused as in how the blanket decreases with out knitting stitches together

    • Shari Hiller says

      tina, if I understand you correctly, don’t worry about the 11th row, it will start decreasing at the 12th row!

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