Knitting pattern: Many Paths Baby Blanket

It has been far too long since I last wrote a knitting pattern. About a year in fact. That’s not to say that everything I’ve knitted in the last twelve months has been to pattern, it’s just I generally can’t be bothered to write things down for the simple things in life like legwarmers and gloves and scarves. There are drawbacks to being pathologically lazy. What really prompted me to write this one down was the fact that I needed to keep track of what I was doing so I figured I ought to share it.

I may have mentioned that my Very Best Friend In All The World is due to spawn fairly imminently (which is a whole kettle of weird) and, being me, I naturally volunteered to knit ALL OF THE THINGS for said imminent child. I may have gone a little stir crazy on the knitting front. May…

 

 

 

 

My pizza de resistance, however, and the subject of this pattern is the blanket I knitted. I looked at a lot of patterns and I mean a LOT of patterns. Probably pretty much every baby blanket pattern ever written up to and including sifting through my mother’s pile of knitting patterns dating back to the ’60s (there were patterns which had pre-decimal prices on them, s and d!) one afternoon during my sojourn to Rural Derbyshire. I couldn’t find a single one that I wanted to knit and it was killing me. So I created this one.

It’s a fairly simple principle: it starts out with three stitches and increases one stitch at each end of every other row until there are 211. It has a garter stitch border and features a plethora of ‘paths’ criss-crossing their way across the blanket. The whole thing is a mirror image, so if it’s yo ssk on one side you can pretty much guarantee it’ll be k2tog yo on the other. There’s nothing tricky to it: simple arithmetic is all it takes. If you’ve got any comments or whatnot – especially if it transpires I’ve had issues with counting or that I expect people to be able to read my mind! – either comment on the post or drop me a line…

 

 

 

 

Materials: approx 200g Sirdar Snuggly DK and 4mm needles (I used a combination of pins, 12″ straights and an 80cm circular)

Stitches:

  • k knit
  • p purl
  • k2tog: knit two together
  • ssk: slip 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together
  • sl-k2tog-psso: slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over
  • kfb: knit into the front and back of stitch
  • yo: yarn over

Cast on three stitches. Work this section in garter stitch

  1. kfb k1 kfb [5 stitches]
  2. k
  3. kfb k3 kfb [7 stitches]
  4. k

Continue in this pattern until there are 49 stitches on the needles, finish on a wrong side row.

  1. kfb k22 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k22 kfb [51 stitches]
  2. k10 p 31 k10
  3. kfb k23 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k23 kfb [53 stitches]
  4. k10 p33 k10

Continue in this patter, increasing one stitch between the kfb and the yo until there are 75 stitches on the needles. End on a wrong side row From now on the wrong side rows will always begin and end with ten knit stitches to create the garter stitch border.

  1. kfb k9 yo ssk k24 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k24 k2tog yo k9 kfb [77 stitches]
  2. k10 p57 k10
  3. kfb k11 yo ssk k23 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k23 yo k11 kfb [79 stitches]
  4. k10 p59 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: increase two stitches between kfb and yo, decrease one stitch between the ssk/yo or yo/k2tog until there are 125 stitches on the needles. End on a wrong side row.

  1. kfb k9 yo ssk k47 yo k2tog yo sl-k2tog-psso yo ssk yo k47 k2tog yo k9 kfb [127 stitches]
  2. k10 p107 k10
  3. kfb k11 yo ssk k45 k2tog k1 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k1 ssk yo k45 k2tog k11 kfb [129 stitches]
  4. k10 p109 k10
  5. kfb k13 yo ssk k43 k2tog k2 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k2 ssk yo k43 k2tog k13 kfb [131 stitches]
  6. k10 p 111 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: increase two stitches between kfb and yo, decrease two stitches between ssk/yo or yo/k2tog and increase one stitch between k2tog/yo or yo/ssk until there are 173 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. kfb k57 yo ssk k25 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k25 k2tog k57 kfb [175 stitches]
  2. k10 p155 k10

The above two rows are unique.

  1. kfb k9 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k24 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k24 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k9 kfb [177 stitches]
  2. k10 p157 k10
  3. kfb k11 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k23 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k23 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k11 kfb [179 stitches]
  4. k10 p159 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: increase two stitches between kfb and yo, decrease one stitch between ssk/yo or yo/k2tog, maintain the 48 stitches in the middle section until there are 201 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. kfb k9 yo k2tog k24 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k11 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k11 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k24 ssk yo k9 kfb [203 stitches]
  2. k10 p183 k10
  3. kfb k10 yo k2tog k25 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k10 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k10 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k25 ssk yo 10 kfb [205 stitches]
  4. k10 p185 k10
  5. kfb k11 yo k2tog k26 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k9 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k9 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo  k26 ssk yo k11 kfb [207 stitches]
  6. k10 p187 k10
  7. kfb k12 yo k2tog k27 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k8 sl-k2tog-psso yo k8 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k27 ssk yo k12 kfb [209 stitches]
  8. k10 p189 k10

You are now at the centre row, hurrah!

  1. kfb k9 [yo ssk to centre] yo sl-k2tog-psso yo [k2tog yo to last 10 stitches] k9 kfb [211 stitches]
  2. k10 p191 k10

The decreases begin here, hurrah!

  1. ssk k12 ssk yo k27 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k9 sl-k2tog-psso yo k9 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k27 yo k2tog k12 k2tog [209 stitches]
  2. k10 p189 k10
  3. ssk k11 ssk yo k26 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k10 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k10 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k26 yo k2tog k11 k2tog [207 stitches]
  4. k10 p187 k10
  5. ssk k10 ssk yo k25 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k11 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k11 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k25 yo k2tog k10 k2tog [205 stitches]
  6. k10 p185 k10
  7. ssk k9 ssk yo k24 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k12 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k12 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k24 yo k2tog k9 k2tog [203 stitches]
  8. k10 p183 k10

Continue to decrease as follows:

  1. ssk k32 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k13 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k13 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k33 k2tog [201 stitches]
  2. k10 p181 k10
  3. ssk k31 k2tog yo k48 k2tog yo k14 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k14 yo ssk k48 yo ssk k31 k2tog [199 stitches]
  4. k10 p179 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: decrease two stitches between end stitch and yo, maintain 48 stitches, increase one stitch between the k2tog or ssk and the centre three stitches until there are 177 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. ssk k57 k2tog yo k26 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k26 yo ssk k57 k2tog [175 stitches]
  2. k10 p155 k10

The above two rows are unique.

  1. ssk k55 k2tog yo k1 ssk yo k24 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k24 yo k2tog k1 yo ssk k55 k2tog [173 stitches]
  2. k10 p153 k10
  3. ssk k53 k2tog yo k3 ssk yo k23 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k23 yo k2tog k3 yo ssk k53 k2tog [171 stitches]
  4. k10 p151 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: decrease two stitches between the end stitch and decrease, increase two stitches between the k2tog/ssk or ssk/k2tog, decrease one stitch between the ssk or k2tog and centre stitches until there are 127 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. ssk k57 k2tog yo k1 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k1 yo ssk k57 k2tog [125 stitches]
  2. k10 p105 k10
  3. ssk k55 k2tog yo k2 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k2 yo ssk k55 k2tog [123 stitches]
  4. k10 p103 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: decrease two stitches between the end stitch and decrease, increase one stitch between the yo and centre three stitches until there are 77 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. ssk k35 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k35 k2tog [75 stitches]
  2. k10 p55 k10
  3. ssk k34 yo sl-k2tog-psso yo k34 k2tog [73 stitches]
  4. k10 p53 k10

Continue in this pattern as follows: decrease one stitch between the end stitch and the centre three stitches until there are 51 stitches. End on a wrong side row.

  1. ssk k47 k2tog [49 stitches]
  2. k
  3. ssk k5 k2tog [47 stitches]
  4. k

Continue in this pattern, decreasing one stitch at each end of every other row until three stitches remain. Cast off, weave in ends and go make yourself a cup of tea…

 

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  1. So very beautiful my clever one!

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