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Sunrise Blanket

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

The Sunrise Baby Blanket features bold, bright lines that infants and toddlers will love.
Short rows are used to create the bright “rays” of the blanket, so this is a great opportunity to showcase that technique.

Finished Measurements: square 40” (100 cm).

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Short rows
-Pick up and knit
-Knitting in-the-round.

Materials:
Red Heart (affiliate link) (affiliate link) Super Saver Solids aran weight yarn (100% acrylic), color Natural, 333 m (364 yds)/198 g - 2 skeins
Red Heart (affiliate link) (affiliate link) Super Saver Solids aran weight yarn (100% acrylic), color Yellow, 333 m (364 yds)/198 g - 2 skeins

Needles: size 8 (5 mm) needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Gauge: 13 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) in garter stitch.

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
w&t - wrap and turn
pu&k- pick up and knit
St, sts – stitch, stitches
Sl st – slip stitch
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Pattern Notes:

Garter Stitch in rows:
All rows – knit

Garter Stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat 2 rounds

The selvedge/edge stitches for chain selvedge are worked as follows: slip the first st and purl the last one in a row.

Wrap and turn in the short rows:

With yarn in front slip 1 stitch to the right needle.
Move yarn between the needles to the back.
Slip the stitch back to the left needle.
Turn the work and bring yarn back to the wrong side between the needles.



Short Overview of the Pattern

The blanket is knitted in 2 colors, with short rows, in garter stitch. There are only a handful of full rows in the whole blanket. Since the blanket is worked with short rows and there are increases and then decreases along the right edge of the RS rows, the stitch count is changing all the time. That is why instructions for every odd row are provided. However, there is no need to count the stitches in every row. The short row step is 6 stitches throughout the blanket, which means that you either increase the length of each next short row by 6 sts, or decrease it by 6 sts. It is sufficient to check the stitch count from time to time to make sure it is correct. The short rows are worked in the “wrap & turn” method. When you are knitting the wrapped stitch, pick up the wrap and knit it together with the stitche, it was wrapped around. There will be stithes with 2 wraps. You have to pick them up and work together with the wrapped stitch, when you are knitting it.
After the body of the blanket is finished, the border is worked in the round in garter stitch.

Blanket

With yellow yarn, cast on 125 sts and knit 1 foundation row
Row 1: sl 1, knit to the last st, p1.
Row 2 and all even rows (WS rows): knit to the last st, p1.
Row 2 (WS): sl1, knit to the last st, p1.

With white yarn:
Row 3: sl 1, k 4, w&t.
Row 4 and all even rows (WS rows):knit to the last st, p1.
Row 5: sl 1, k 10, w&t.
Row 7: sl 1, k 16, w&t.
Row 9: sl 1, k 22, w&t.
Row 11: sl 1, k 28, w&t.
Row 13: sl 1, k 34, w&t.
Row 15: sl 1, k 40, w&t.
Row 17: sl 1, k 46, w&t.
Row 19: sl 1, k 52, w&t.
Row 21: sl 1, k 58, w&t.
Row 23: sl 1, k 64, w&t.
Row 25: sl 1, k 70, w&t.
Row 27: sl 1, k 76, w&t.
Row 29: sl 1, k 82, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Row 31: sl 1, k 88, w&t.
Row 33: sl 1, k 94, w&t.
Row 35: sl 1, k 100, w&t.
Row 37: sl 1, k 106, w&t.
Row 39: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 41: sl 1, k 118, w&t.
Row 43: sl 1, k 124. Turn
Row 45: sl 1, k 118, w&t.
Row 47: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 49: sl 1, k 106, w&t.
Row 51: sl 1, k 100, w&t.
Row 53: sl 1, k 94, w&t.
Row 55: sl 1, k 88, w&t.

With white yarn:
Row 57: sl 1, k 82, w&t.
Row 59: sl 1, m 1, k 76, w&t.
Row 61: sl 1, k 71, w&t.
Row 63: sl 1, k 65, w&t.
Row 65: sl 1, k 59, w&t.
Row 67: sl 1, m 1, k 53, w&t.
Row 69: sl 1, k 48, w&t.
Row 71: sl 1, k 42, w&t.
Row 73: sl 1, m 1, k 36, w&t.
Row 75: sl 1, k 31, w&t.
Row 77: sl 1, k 25, w&t.
Row 79: sl 1, m 1, k 19, w&t.
Row 81: sl 1, k 14, w&t.
Row 83: sl 1, m 1, k 8, w&t.
Row 85: sl 1, k 3, w&t.
Row 87: sl 1, m 1, k 9, w&t.
Row 89: sl 1, k 16, w&t.
Row 91: sl 1, m 1, k 22, w&t.
Row 93: sl 1, k 29, w&t.
Row 95: sl 1, m 1, k 35, w&t.
Row 97: sl 1, k 42, w&t.
Row 99: sl 1, m 1, k 48, w&t.
Row 101: sl 1, k 55, w&t.
Row 103: sl 1, m 1, k 61, w&t.
Row 105: sl 1, k 68, w&t.
Row 107: sl 1, m 1, k 74, w&t.
Row 109: sl 1, k 81, w&t.
Row 111: sl 1, m 1, k 87, w&t.
Row 113: sl 1, k 94, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Row 115: sl 1, m 1, k 100, w&t.
Row 117: sl 1, k 107, w&t.
Row 119: sl 1, m 1, k 113, w&t.
Row 121: sl 1, k 120, w&t.
Row 123: sl 1, m 1, k 126, w&t.
Row 125: sl 1, k 133, w&t.
Row 127: sl 1, m 1, k 139. – full row.
Row 129: sl 1, k 134, w&t.
Row 131: sl 1, m 1, k 128, w&t.
Row 133: sl 1, k 123, w&t.
Row 135: sl 1, m 1, k 117, w&t.
Row 137: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 139: sl 1, m 1, k 106, w&t.

With white yarn:
Row 141: sl 1, k 101, w&t.
Row 143: sl 1, m 1, k 107, w&t.
Row 145: sl 1, k 90, w&t.
Row 147: sl 1, m 1, k 84, w&t.
Row 149: sl 1, k 79, w&t.
Row 151: sl 1, m 1, k 73, w&t.
Row 153: sl 1, k 68, w&t.
Row 155: sl 1, m 1, k 62, w&t.
Row 157: sl 1, k 57, w&t.
Row 159: sl 1, m 1, k 51, w&t.
Row 161: sl 1, k 46, w&t.
Row 163: sl 1, m 1, k 40, w&t.
Row 165: sl 1, k 35, w&t.
Row 167: sl 1, m 1, k 29, w&t.
Row 169: sl 1, k 24, w&t.
Row 171: sl 1, m 1, k 18, w&t.
Row 173: sl 1, k 13, w&t.
Row 175: sl 1, m 1, k 7, w&t.
Row 177: sl 1, k 14, w&t.
Row 179: sl 1, m 1, k 20, w&t.
Row 181: sl 1, k 27, w&t.
Row 183: sl 1, m 1, k 33, w&t.
Row 185: sl 1, k 40, w&t.
Row 187: sl 1, m 1, k 46, w&t.
Row 189: sl 1, k 53, w&t.
Row 191: sl 1, m 1, k 59, w&t.
Row 193: sl 1, m 1, k 66, w&t.
Row 195: sl 1, k 73, w&t.
Row 197: sl 1, m 1, k 79, w&t.
Row 199: sl 1, m 1, k 86, w&t.
Row 201: sl 1, k 93, w&t.
Row 203: sl 1, m 1, k 99, w&t.
Row 205: sl 1, m 1, k 106, w&t.
Row 207: sl 1, k 113, w&t.
Row 209: sl 1, m 1, k 119, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Row 211: sl 1, m 1, k 126, w&t.
Row 213: sl 1, k 133, w&t.
Row 215: sl 1, m 1, k 139, w&t.
Row 217: sl 1, m 1, k 146, w&t.
Row 219: sl 1, m 1, k 153, w&t.
Row 221: sl 1, m 1, k 160, w&t.
Row 223: sl 1, m 1, k 167 – full row.

This is the diagonal of the blanket. 169 st.

From this row the decreases begin. Continue with yellow yarn.
Row 225: sl 1, k2tog, k 166 – full row.
Row 227: sl 1, k2tog, k 159, w&t.
Row 229: sl 1, k2tog, k 152, w&t.
Row 231: sl 1, k2tog, k 145, w&t.
Row 233: sl 1, k2tog, k 138, w&t.
Row 235: sl 1, k 133, w&t.
Row 237: sl 1, k2tog, k 125, w&t.

With white yarn:
Row 239: sl 1, k2tog, k 118, w&t.
Row 241: sl 1, k 113 , w&t.
Row 243: sl 1, k2tog, k 105, w&t.
Row 245: sl 1, k2tog, k 98, w&t.
Row 247: sl 1, k 93, w&t.
Row 249: sl 1, k2tog, k 85, w&t.
Row 251: sl 1, k2tog, k 78, w&t.
Row 253: sl 1, k 73, w&t.
Row 255: sl 1, k2tog, k 65, w&t.
Row 257: sl 1, k2tog, k 58, w&t.
Row 259: sl 1, k 53, w&t.
Row 261: sl 1, k2tog, k 45, w&t.
Row 263: sl 1, k 40, w&t.
Row 265: sl 1, k2tog, k 32, w&t.
Row 267: sl 1, k 27, w&t.
Row 269: sl 1, k2tog, k 19, w&t.
Row 271: sl 1, k 14, w&t.
Row 273: sl 1, k2tog, k 6, w&t.
Row 275: sl 1, k 13, w&t.
Row 277: sl 1, k2tog, k 17, w&t.
Row 279: sl 1, k 24, w&t.
Row 281: sl 1, k2tog, k 28, w&t.
Row 283: sl 1, k 35, w&t.
Row 285: sl 1, k2tog, k 39, w&t.
Row 287: sl 1, k 46, w&t.
Row 289: sl 1, k2tog, k 50, w&t.
Row 291: sl 1, k 57, w&t.
Row 293: sl 1, k2tog, k 61, w&t.
Row 295: sl 1, k 68, w&t.
Row 297: sl 1, k2tog, k 72, w&t.
Row 299: sl 1, k 79, w&t.
Row 301: sl 1, k2tog, k 83, w&t.
Row 303: sl 1, k 90, w&t.
Row 305: sl 1, k2tog, k 94, w&t.
Row 307: sl 1, k 101, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Row 309: sl 1, k2tog, k 105, w&t.
Row 311: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 313: sl 1, k2tog, k 116, w&t.
Row 315: sl 1, k 123, w&t.
Row 317: sl 1, k2tog, k 127, w&t.
Row 319: sl 1, k 134, w&t.
Row 321: sl 1, k2tog, k 138 – full row.
Row 323: sl 1, k 133, w&t.
Row 325: sl 1, k2tog, k 125, w&t.
Row 327: sl 1, k 120, w&t.
Row 329: sl 1, k2tog, k 112, w&t.
Row 331: sl 1, k 107, w&t.
Row 333: sl 1, k2tog, k 99, w&t.
Row 335: sl 1, k 94, w&t.
Row 337: sl 1, k2tog, k 86, w&t.
Row 339: sl 1, k 81, w&t.
Row 341: sl 1, k2tog, k 73, w&t.
Row 343: sl 1, k 68, w&t.
Row 345: sl 1, k2tog, k 60, w&t.
Row 347: sl 1, k 55, w&t.
Row 349: sl 1, k2tog, k 47, w&t.
Row 351: sl 1, k 42, w&t.
Row 353: sl 1, k2tog, k 34, w&t.
Row 355: sl 1, k 29, w&t.
Row 357: sl 1, k2tog, k 21, w&t.
Row 359: sl 1, k 16, w&t.
Row 361: sl 1, k2tog, k 8, w&t.
Row 363: sl 1, k 3, w&t.
Row 365: sl 1, k2tog, k 7, w&t.
Row 367: sl 1, k 14, w&t.
Row 369: sl 1, k2tog, k 18, w&t.
Row 371: sl 1, k 25, w&t.
Row 373: sl 1, k 31, w&t.
Row 375: sl 1, k2tog, k 35, w&t.
Row 377: sl 1, k 42, w&t.
Row 379: sl 1, k 48, w&t.
Row 381: sl 1, k2tog, k 52, w&t.
Row 383: sl 1, k 59, w&t.
Row 385: sl 1, k 65, w&t.
Row 387: sl 1, k 71, w&t.
Row 389: sl 1, k2tog, k 75, w&t.
Row 391: sl 1, k 82, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Row 393: sl 1, k 88, w&t.
Row 395: sl 1, k 94, w&t.
Row 397: sl 1, k 100, w&t.
Row 399: sl 1, k 106, w&t.
Row 401: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 403: sl 1, k 118, w&t.
Row 405: sl 1, k 124 – full row.
Row 407: sl 1, k 118, w&t.
Row 409: sl 1, k 112, w&t.
Row 411: sl 1, k 106, w&t.
Row 413: sl 1, k 100, w&t.
Row 415: sl 1, k 94, w&t.
Row 417: sl 1, k 88, w&t.

With white yarn:
Row 419: sl 1, k 82, w&t.
Row 421: sl 1, k 76, w&t.
Row 423: sl 1, k 70, w&t.
Row 425: sl 1, k 64, w&t.
Row 427: sl 1, k 58, w&t.
Row 429: sl 1, k 52, w&t.
Row 431: sl 1, k 46, w&t.
Row 433: sl 1, k 40, w&t.
Row 435: sl 1, k 34, w&t.
Row 437: sl 1, k 28, w&t.
Row 439: sl 1, k 22, w&t.
Row 441: sl 1, k 16, w&t.
Row 443: sl 1, k 10, w&t.
Row 445: sl 1, k 4, w&t.

With yellow yarn:
Rows 447 and 449: knit full row.
Don’t bind off

Border

Knit all the stitches on the needle and pu&k 3-5 stitches in the corner of the blanket. Stop and count the stitches. Pu&k the same amount of stitches along the other 3 sides and corners of the blanket. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and 3 more markers before the middle st of each corner. Work garter stitch in rounds for 24 rounds (12 ridges). Increase for 2 sts in every corner in every odd round as follows: m1, sm, k1, m1 in the middle stitch of each corner. Bind off.

Have fun!







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