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Basketweave knit afghan with cuddly Bernat Blanket yarn ~ One for you and one for baby!

To celebrate their wedding, I recently sent this basketweave knit afghan with snowball poms as a gift to my nephew and his delightful lady. Although they traded vows barefooted in the tropical sand of Jamaica, their home is actually Midwest, USA, where winters can be coooold!

The bulky Bernat Blanket yarn will help this knit afghan to insulate the happy couple from the snowstorms expected this season.



While knitting this squooshy soft throw, I couldn't help but think how cosy it would be as a baby blanket. So I've included those directions here as well.

Besides the smaller size, the basketweave knit baby blanket has 2 white stripes instead of 3, and curlicue corners instead of pompoms.



For the 48x58 inch basketweave knit afghan

Specs for the baby blanket ~ 32x38 inch

Need: 2 skeins main color,(all else is the same as the bigger afghan)


  • Chain 64 with main color.
  • Follow Rows 1-19 of the main pattern.
  • Repeat rows 4-11 one more time in main color.
  • Change to white.
  • Rows 28-35:  Repeat rows 12-19.
  • Change to main color.
  • Repeat rows 4-11.
  • Change to white.
  • Rows 28-35:  Repeat rows 12-19.
  • Change to main color.
  • Repeat rows 4-19 six more times in main color.
  • Knit across for 3 rows.
  • Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.


Materials

~Bernat Blanket yarn-Teal Twist, 4 - 10.5 oz. skeins (The label says that this color is only available at Joann's)

~Bernat Baby Blanket yarn - white, <1 - 10.5 oz. skein

~Circular knit needles -size 11 US, 36 in. or longer (I like to use metal needles for this yarn. It slides more easily than plastic or bamboo.)

~Red Heart Super Saver - white (for poms and baby curlicues on each corner) - <1 skein

~Large pompom maker, hot glue, skinny zip ties

Main Pattern

Using main color, cast on 104 stitches. (Any multiple of 5 plus 4 stitches will work.)

Rows 1-3: Knit across

Rows 4-11: K2, *(K5, P5), Repeat from*, K2

Row 12-19: K2, *(P5, K5), Repeat from*, K2

Repeat rows 4-19 eight more times in main color.

Change to white.

Rows 148-155:  Repeat rows 4-11.

Change to main color.

Rows 156-163: Repeat rows 12-19.

Change to white.

Rows 164-171:  Repeat rows 4-11.

Change to main color.

Rows 172-179: Repeat rows 12-19.

Change to white.

Rows 180-187:  Repeat rows 4-11.

Change to main color.

Rows 188-195: Repeat rows 12-19.

Rows 196-227: Repeat rows 4-19 two more times in main color.

Rows 228-230: Knit across.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.


How to make the pompoms

Pompom blanket corners

Naturally, I wanted to make snowball pompoms that would not fall apart in the washer. So I followed two of the suggestions on gbmaltese's youtube video. Can you believe hot glue and zip ties? If you use skinny zip ties, they can't even be felt in the density of yarn in a big pom. 

For the basketweave knit afghan, Red Heart Super Saver proved to be a better choice for poms than Bernat Blanket yarn.


Curlicue corners for the basketweave knit baby blanket

Curlicue crochet corners

For the baby blanket, I opted to crochet curlicue corners instead of poms.

The Bernat Baby Blanket yarn didn't give the corkscrew definition that I wanted for the curlicues, so I opted to use Red Heart Super Saver in white.

Here's how:

Attach the white yarn in a corner.

Chain 15

In second ch from hook, double crochet 3 times.

Double crochet 3 times in each chain until you're back at the corner.

Slip stitch. Then repeat for a total of two curlicues on each corner.

Slip stitch to anchor the yarn and weave in the ends.

Post pics of your finished project! We'd love to see them!

If you like curlicue corners, check out the crochet Cow Baby Blanket. Adorable!

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