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Born at Sea was originally designed for my nephew, who was born on the west coast of Canada, and was inspired by the Pacific Ocean, near which I lived for several years. Born at Sea uses 2 stitch cables and a texture pattern of knit and purl stitches; instructions for working 2 stitch cables without a cable needle are provided in the pattern notes. This pattern includes instructions for a baby blanket, wrap/shawl, and afghan/throw. The stitch patterns are charted only.

Baby Blanket: 26 in/66 cm wide x 27.5 in/70 cm long (sample size)
Wrap/Shawl: 21 in/53.5 cm wide x 68 in/172.5 cm long
Afghan/Throw: 42 in/106.5 cm wide x 58 in/147.5 cm long

Astral Bath Yarns Spectra DK (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 250 yds/229 m per 4 oz/115 g); Rhinoceros: 4 (8, 12) skeins
OR 880 (1774, 2998) yds/805 (1622, 2741) m DK weight yarn

US 6/4 mm or size needed for correct gauge

25 sts & 28.5 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Seaweed Stitch (See Pattern Notes.)
1 repeat of Wave Pattern = 3.25in/8.25cm wide x 3.5in/9cm long
20 sts & 30 rows = 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch
All gauges given are after blocking. Exact gauge is not essential for this project, though differences in gauge will affect the size and yardage required.

2 stitch markers, yarn needle

About the Yarn
Astral Bath Spectra DK is a worsted-spun, machine washable merino yarn. Multiple plies and a tight twist make this a round, bouncy yarn with lots of memory and great stitch definition, ideal for the texture and cables in this design. The slight colour variation of this hand dyed yarn adds visual depth to the textured stitches, while its silkiness and density give the fabric a wonderful drape. If substituting yarn for your project, look for a yarn with similar properties, especially one with good stitch definition and not much halo.
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