Easiest Ever Baby Blanket

Easiest Ever Blanket Knitting Pattern adapted by Sandy Miner (for her Warm the Baby volunteer program dedicated to knitting and donating items to preemies and infants) email miner@valinet.com. This blanket is just what is says, “easiest ever” worked in garter stitch (knit every row) and yes, this is the same as Staci Perry’s Traditional Dishcloth pattern available as a free Ravelry Download. There are no specific yarn requirements, as the amount will depend on the finished size of the blanket that can be made as small or as large as desired. If in doubt or undecided you could roll two balls of yarn equal and work increases to the half-way mark with one and then work decreases with the second ball of yarn. Refer to Blanket Sizes to help you decide which size blanket you want to make.

Abbreviations:  yarn over = wrap yarn over needle to create a stitch, tog = together

General Advice is not to have “holes” too big for baby to get fingers and toes caught in.
When there are too many stitches to continue working comfortably on straight needles you may want to change over to working back and forth on a circular needle.

Gauge: Varies according to the yarn and needle size you choose.
Category 3 dk/sport weight yarn using size US7, 8, OR 9 needles,
Category 4 worsted weight yarn using size US9, 10 or 10½ needles. 

Instructions: Cast On 4sts.  Knit one row and then work pattern as follows:
Increase:
Row 1: Slip 1, Knit 1, yarn over, knit to end of row
Row 2: Slip 1, Knit 1, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Continue these 2 rows (yes, they are the same) of garter stitch and yarn overs until one edge of the triangle measures the length you desire the finished blanket to be when you reach this “half-way mark” (measuring UP one side of blanket NOT in the middle) continue as follows:
Decrease:
Row 1:
Slip 1, Knit 2 tog, yarn over, Knit 2 tog, Knit to end of row
Row 2: Slip 1, Knit 2 tog, yarn over, Knit 2 tog, Knit to end of row
Continue these two rows of garter stitch (once again, yes, they are the same) until 4sts remain.
Bind off.  Cut yarn and weave in ends.  Enjoy!