Chessboard Baby Blanket

Monday, March 01, 2010
This lovely baby blanket combines a simple design with a beautiful look to make the perfect gift for the newborn (and new parents!) in your life. Unlike other patterns in a standard checkerboard layout, this one has instructions for two different weights of yarn (DK and worsted) and two different sizes. The “half” blanket is 20in by 30in (50cm by 75cm) and the “whole” blanket is 30in by 40in (75cm by 100cm).

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Gauge in DK weight is 22 stitches and 32 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on US6 (4mm) needles. You will need 600yd for the half size; 1200 yds for the whole size.

Gauge in worsted weight is 18 stitches and 28 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on US9 (5.5mm) needles. You will need 500yds for the half size; 1000 yds for the whole size.

You also need two stitch markers and a yarn needle.

The samples shown are knit in Valley Yarns Superwash DK (Wild Rose) and Superwash Worsted (Blue Ice).  Many many thanks to Kathy Elkins and WEBS for supplying the yarns to make these blankets.  I wholeheartedly recommend Valley Yarns Superwash yarns for their softness, strength, and usability!

Many thanks to Rebecca for knitting the worsted weight sample blanket!

Note that this is an updated version of my Checkerboard Baby Blanket, with additional sizes and yarn weights.  This pattern has been tested and edited for clarity and accuracy.


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