Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free Pattern: Able Cable Blanket


ABLE CABLE BLANKET
The “Yes, You Can Cable!” pattern
design by Reyna Thera Lorele
© 2012 Reyna Thera Lorele
Ravelry: captainhook


If you can knit and purl, you can make this blanket.

This pattern is a perfect introduction to cable stitches for beginners, and a breeze for the more experienced. A simple left twist cable repeats five times in the cable row (twelve times for the larger size), so beginners can get a lot of practice.  Then, take it easy on the five rows in between:  there’s a garter stitch border, and on all the other stitches, it’s basically knit the knit stitches and purl the purls.

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The blankets pictured here are being donated to Alive Hospice through Threads of Kindness.

Directions are included for two sizes, preemie (premium?) and "regular."

NOTE:  Pattern repeat is 11 stitches + 7
ABBREVIATIONS
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side 
kf&b = knit in front and back of next st
k2tog = knit next 2 sts together
Special Stitch
C4L = sl 2 sts to cable needle, hold in front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle




PREEMIE SIZE
Finished size:  15.5 inches x 15.5 inches
Gauge:  in pattern, 2.25 inches wide per pattern rep, 6 rows = 1 inch 
Materials needed:
Worsted weight yarn, 200 yds.
# 8 (5 mm) needles, or size to get gauge
Cable needle




"REGULAR" BABY BLANKET SIZE
Finished size:  36 inches x 36 inches
Gauge:  in pattern, 2.25 inches wide per pattern rep, 6 rows = 1 inch 
Materials needed:
Worsted weight yarn, 1000 yds.
# 8 (5 mm) needles, or size to get gauge
Cable needle


DIRECTIONS--Preemie Size
CO 63 sts.
Knit 3 rows.  Knit 4th row, increasing 5 sts evenly across as follows: k3, (kf&b, k13) 4 times, kf&b, k last st.  (68 sts total)
NOTE:  Garter st border = 3 knit sts at beginning and end of each row.  You may want to k3, place a marker, knit the pattern in Row 1 below for your center sts, place a marker, and knit your last 3 sts; the markers will remind you to knit your border.
Begin Pattern (center sts only):
Row 1, 3, and 5 (WS):  (k3, p1, k3, p4) 5 times, k3, p1, k3
Row 2:  (p3, k1, p3, C4L) 5 times, p3, k1, p3
Row 4:  (p3, k1, p3, k4) 5 times, p3, k1, p3
Row 6:  Same as row 4.
Repeat Rows 1 through 6:  14 times, or until length is 14.5 inches, ending after a Row 3.
Knit a row, decreasing 5 sts as follows:  k1, (k2tog, k12) 4 times, k2tog, k to end.  (63 sts total).
Knit 3 more rows.
Bind off.  Block lightly.  Enjoy!


DIRECTIONS--Baby Blanket Size








CO 137 sts.

Knit 8 rows.  Knit 9th row, increasing 12 sts evenly across as follows: k2, (kf&b, k10) 12 times, k3.  (149 sts total)

NOTE:  Garter st border = 5 knit sts at beginning and end of each row.  You may want to k5, place a marker, knit the pattern in Row 1 below for your center sts, place a marker, and knit your last 5 sts; the markers will remind you to knit your border.

Begin Pattern (center sts only):
Row 1, 3, and 5 (WS):  (k3, p1, k3, p4) 12 times, k3, p1, k3
Row 2:  (p3, k1, p3, C4L) 12 times, p3, k1, p3
Row 4:  (p3, k1, p3, k4) 12 times, p3, k1, p3
Row 6:  Same as row 4.
Repeat Rows 1 through 6 until length is about 35 inches, ending after a Row 3.
Knit a row, decreasing 12 sts as follows:  k2, (k2tog, k10) 12 times, k to end.  (137 sts total).
Knit 8 more rows.


Bind off.  Block lightly.  Enjoy!

If you like this pattern, you might also like this free pattern: Preemie with a Twist
and these inexpensive patterns:  the adorable Tuck Me In,
and the easy-as-pie pattern, The Ribble, which you can also read more about in this blog post:  The Amazing Ribble.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! This will be my next project.

    Alicia

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  2. I finished it end of October 2012. I worked on it everyday and took 3 weeks to complete! It was beautiful. I gave it to our neighbors as a gift for their dog and they loved it! Thanks for a beautiful and fun pattern!

    Alicia

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    1. That's great! So glad you had fun with this pattern!

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  3. so row 2 should be backwards of row 1 - but its not.
    row 1 is (k3, p1, k3, p4) 12 times, k3, p1, k3 so row 2
    should be p3, k1, p3, (c4L, p3, k1, p3) 12x.
    I am surprise no one seen this yet

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    1. It works out to the same thing. It just depends on where you decide to put the parentheses for your repeats. A number of people have made this blanket and have had no problem with the directions. But if you find it easier with the parentheses moved, great.

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  5. Preemie is really short for premature as in an early baby.

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    1. Correct. When I wrote "premium?", it was meant as a little joke.

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