Just My Size Preemie Blanket (Knit)

Just My Size

The Just My Size Basketweave Preemie Baby Blanket is ready. Here are a few ideas about preemie blankets now that this one is finished. Little fingers get caught in lace patterns. For preemies especially, it’s best to have a denser fabric. Working for time and using the same size (US) 10 (8.00 mm) needles with this blanket that I used on the full sized baby blanket, I should have probably used a smaller needle. I’m happy with the look and the speed in which this blanket was finished, but it could have been better. I’m thinking a size (US)7 – 8 (4.5 – 5.00 mm) needle with a DK /sport weight yarn might have beeen a better choice. Looks like my ‘to do’ list just got longer. It’s also dawned on me that being a knitting Mom of four ‘adult’ children who have many friends, having a couple of preemie sized blankets premade wouldn’t be a bad idea. Trying to get something made up in a hurry for an immediate need means speed rather than detail as the priority. Statistics suggest it would be time well spent.

Just to give you all some perspective, here is the Just My Size blanket on top of the full sized blanket that I’d finished from my March 16th post.

Again, here are the two blankets all folded up. I generally fold my blankets in thirds, two times, before wrapping them up. And little Miss “R”, isn’t the smallest of babies born! I have to say, having these sit side by side really made me stop in my tracks. I know that I made the blanket larger than I originally planned, and it still struck me as quite small.

Now, I’m onto the task of picking which sweater to make for this little bundle. Oh, and the ends of the F & F Rainbow blanket.

Just My Size Basketweave Preemie Baby Blanket
© Cathy Waldie, April 5, 2007

1 1/2 skeins Red Heart Lustre yarn [Label: 18 sts/24 r = 4″/10 cm, worsted weight, 3 ply, 5 oz, 140 g, 253 yd/231 m]
(US) 8 (5.0 mm) and (US) 10 (8.0 mm) 29″ circular needles (blanket is knit flat, circular needles are used to hold the stitches in your lap, keeping the stress off of your wrists)
Chibi needle
Finished size: 20″ x 21″ (50.8 cm x 53.5 cm)
Gauge in pattern on larger needles: 15 sts/24 r = 4″/ 10 cm

*slip the first stitch of each row as if to knit

Using the smaller needles, Cast on 76 stitches.

1-6: Knit

Switch to larger needles

7: and all odd rows, Knit

8, 10, 12, 14, 16: K5, P6, (K6, P6) 5 times, K5

18, 20, 22, 24, 26: K5, K6, (P6, K6) 5 times, K5

27 – 126: Repeat rows (7-26) 5 more times for a total of 6 pattern repeats.

Switch back to the smaller needles.

127-133) Knit

134) Bind off in Purl.

Cut yarn, weave ends, wrap gently around baby and lavish with love.

Posted with permission.


8 Responses to “Just My Size Preemie Blanket (Knit)”

  1. Youlanda Engelson Says:

    In the beginning just remember it was darked and then someone smiled! try this:

    “I know I’m paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?” — Tom Clancy 🙂

  2. dboolteens Says:

    Thank you for posting this. I’m working on my first blanket for Project Linus (the Baby Bobbles Afghan pattern) and even though I was crocheting very loosely, I was afraid it was going to be too small. Now I know it is perfect for preemies. I’m going to try your pattern too. It’s lovely!

  3. Sue Croutear Says:

    This looks like a lovely, simple pattern for a blanket and I’m looking forward to getting started with it. Thanks!

  4. Barbara Sorensen Says:

    I love this preemie pattern. I havetalked with a lot of knitters who knit for charity.For preemie babies and give the blankets to the hospital.Such a great idea.

  5. D hercsek Says:

    Why two different sized needles?
    The slip stitch before every row totally looked wrong su did not….purpose?

  6. Joan Bepler Payton Says:

    Do I slip the first stitch only on the rows I’m knitting or on every row?

  7. Janet Says:

    Slip the first stitch on every row for a tighter and neater edge.

  8. Linda Patterson Says:

    I like to use a 2 stitch I-cord edge on my garter stitch edges. It is a really simple technique that gives a very smooth classy-looking edge to garter stitch. All you do is move your yarn to the front and then slip the last two stitches as if to purl. Then all you do is knit across the next row until you reach and last two stitches and repeat what you did on the last row. It will take tow or three rows to see the I-cord forming on the edge, but I think you will like it.

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