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Mystery Baby Blanket II

Mystery Baby Blanket II

Step 1: Select Materials for the Blanket
As you all know, I have two requirements when selecting yarn for a baby blanket: It must be machine washable and I prefer it to be soft. I selected 3 balls of the periwinkle colored Sirdar Snuggly and 7 balls of Peter Pan in slate blue (4 balls) and white(3 balls). The yarn meets both requirements. For this blanket I also purchased batting (pre-sized for a baby blanket or wall hanging) and I still have 1 yard of flannel cloth left over from the last Mystery Baby Blanket that I will use for the quilt backing this time.

Step 2: Square Size and Stitch Selection
All squares will be 6" x 6". I like the simple elegance of plain, textured fabric, so I decided to use simple stitch patterns for my squares. I decided on stockinette, garter stitch, and seed stitch.

Step 3: Knit 30 Squares
The quilt top should measure 30" by 36" when finished. So I need a total of 30 squares. I've knit a dozen of the squares already. Once I've knit all 30, I'll weave ends and press each square with a hot iron. (Note: The First-Time Quiltmaking book has specific instructions for pressing versus ironing.)

Step 4: Arrange the Squares
Arranging the squares, proved to be a challenge last time. I had started out with one plan in mind and ended up knitting some of the squares over to make an eye pleasing pattern. While planning for the second blanket, I decided to put more thought into this step so I made a sketch.

Step 5: Stitch the Squares to Form the Quilt Top
Use the Mattress Stitch to connect all the squares. I stitched each square together to form horizontal rows and then attached the rows to form the blanket. Seam all ends.

Step 6: Assemble the Quilt Backing
Cut the batting to the same size as the quilt top and cut the backing material so that it is slightly bigger to allow for seams. Stitch the two together by hand or with a sewing machine.

Step 7: Attach Quilt Top to the Backing
Hand sew the backing (with right side facing you) to the wrong side and inside of the quilt top. Note: Be careful to leave the very edge of the quilt top available so you can pick up those stitches later to complete the border.

Step 8: Knit the Border
Pick up stitches on one side of the blanket and knit every row for three inches. Repeat three more times. Seam all ends.

Step 9: Tie all Layers of the Quilt Together
Attach one safety pin to each square of the blanket to hold them together. With yarn in a contrasting color and a darning needle, thread the yarn through all layers of the blanket at the corner of each square. Snip the yarn and tie with a square knot. Trim all ties to the same length. I decided to add ties to both sides of the blanket instead of just one.

Time: I knit this all summer long; however, I should say that I've been a bad, bad knitter.

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