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Framed blanket pattern knits up as heirloom baby gift

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Spring brings babies, baby showers and baby gifts. The framed blanket is certain to be a cherished baby gift for a lifetime. A free pattern, with its easy lace border and squishy brioche center, knitting in chunky weight yarn on a US 11 is a breeze. Or so it would seem with this lovely baby blanket pattern.

Using Juniper Moon Farm 'Yearling' cotton and wool chunky yarn purchased on sale at WEBs, knitnscribble cast on the 12 stitches for the lace border. The designer has provided a stitch chart, but please note that you must read the odd numbered rows from left to right and the even numbered rows from right to left. Each odd row ends with a slipped knit stitch, from which you will pick up the stitches for the main blanket body. Before you slip the stitch, bring your yarn to the front of your work.

While the main body of the baby blanket is done in a brioche pattern, it isn't one that requires counting each row and knits up soft and squishy, just the right fabric for baby. On row 4, I made this change to the text: "(RS) slip first stitch, K2, *K1 into the stitch below, K1* repeat from * to last st, K1." As you move along, you will notice which stitches require "K1 into the stitch below" and the stitches which are a single K1.

Framed blanket free pattern link.

Heirloom fancy lace sweater and bonnet set made a big hit this weekend at another baby shower.

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