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Reversible Celtic Patterns Baby Blanket

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This is a very large and time-consuming project which requires a fair bit of concentration to make sure the charts are followed correctly; but the result is a gorgeous and sizeable baby blanket, twice as thick and warm as most other knitted blankets. It incorporates ‘step’ and ‘key’ motifs inspired by traditional designs from medieval Celtic illuminated manuscripts, and is completely reversible.

ERRATA

I will eventually be correcting these in the PDF.

2013-04-23

There is an error in Chart C. Stitches 7-12 in Row 37 should actually be black, not white. Chart A, which is the mirror image of Chart C, shows this section as it should correctly appear, in stitches 32-36 of Row 37.

2012-05-06

There is an error in Chart A. The horizontal line of black squares in Row 30 from stitches 7-13 should actually be on Row 31. Chart C, which is the mirror image of Chart A, shows the line as it should correctly appear.

2010-04-21

There are two small errors in the pattern:

Row 3 should read:
K1 with colour A, P1 with colour B, *K1 with colour B, P1 with colour A, repeat from * until only two stitches are left on the left needle, K1 with colour A, P1 with colour B.

Row 237 should read:
K1 with colour A, P1 with colour B, *K1 with colour B, P1 with colour A, repeat from * until only two stitches are left on the left needle, K1 with colour A, P1 with colour B.

Sizing

35 inches x 58 inches

Skills required

Knitting, purling
Double knitting techniques (explained in pattern)
Chart reading
Grafting, aka Kitchener Stitch

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Sport weight in two contrasting colours, approximately 2000 yards of each colour
  • Needles: 
    • 4mm circular needle, at least 40” long (60” would be better)
    • Spare circular needle, no bigger than 4mm, at least 40” long (60” would be better)
  • 6 stitch markers
  • Safety pin
  • Row counter (for knitters who have trouble ‘reading’ their knitting to count how many rows they’ve worked in a piece)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Lots of patience
Gauge

22 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches in stocking stitch on 4mm needles

Is this pattern really free?

This is a 'pay what you can' pattern; you choose the price you want to pay when you go to download it, and if you don't want to pay anything, just enter zero! This pattern is free because it is a huge project to complete and takes an awful lot of concentration to juggle the multiple charts; I figured that anyone who actually finishes it deserved to get the pattern for free! As well, the cast-on used in the instructions is not the greatest for this kind of project, it creates an edge that's wider than the rest of the blanket; these days I would recommend a cast-on more suited to double knitting (this is easy to Google).
You will get a PDF (2MB) file

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