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Wee Willow Baby Blanket

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♫ The Music ♫
Let the sweet tune of Paul McCartney’s Little Willow lull your wee one to slumber: “Sleep, little willow, Peace gonna follow…”.

Beginning with a provisional cast on, the centre weeping willow panel of this blanket is worked flat. Stitches are then picked up around the outer edges of the centre panel and work continues in the round to add the different cabled and slip-stitch borders.

The outer edging is knit on at right angles to the blanket, incorporating the live stitches. Short rows are used to shape the corners. A smaller-sized DPN is used as the RH needle when working the edging – the LH needle will be the gauge needle; this offset combination makes sure the edging does not flare. Knitters need to be able to read their knitting (identify knit and purl sts) for the final BO. A few stitches need to be sewn together to finish off the edging.

First Stitch in Each Row
Do not be tempted to slip the first st in each row of the centre panel. Sts will be picked up along the edges of the piece and slipping the edge sts will leave too few sts to be picked up. Instead, work each st as indicated and tug the working yarn to tighten those edge sts up right after each one is worked.

Approximate yardages are included in the pattern for the different elements of this blanket.

Both charts and written directions for charts are provided. Charts are contained in the main pattern document; the written directions for charts are included as a separate PDF supplement.

Size
42 x 42” / 106.5 x 106.5cm
Centre panel only: 21 x 21” / 53.5 x 53.5cm

Yarn
1800 yd / 1646 m in Sport weight

Needles
3.75mm / US 5 circular needles 42” / 107cm and 60” / 152cm or size required to obtain gauge (see Needle Notes).
3.5mm / US 4 DPN or one size smaller than gauge needle (for edging only).

Gauge
19 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, worked flat, blocked

Notions
2 Cable needles, waste yarn or extra circular needle for provisional cast on, stitch markers, yarn needle.


Credits
Tech Editors: RedSquirrel; FirSprite
Charting Software: Stitchmastery

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