Here is the blog for the Preemie Blanket KAL
One of our knitters ([COLOR=#6a2e82]kellyh57[/COLOR]) for the Oddball Baby Blankets has suggested that it would be nice if we made some smaller size baby blankets, using sportweight baby yarn, and size 5 or 6 knitting needles.
We like this idea, so we're gonna do it! If you want to join, just reply to this thread, or send a private message to Shandeh.
The blankets will be given to a children's hospital in North Carolina.
All the blankets will be made with 100% acrylic, soft sportweight (DK) yarn (washable).
The blankets are started by casting on 80 - 100 stitches with a size US 5 or 6 knitting needle. The first knitter will knit 3 to 6 rows, then continue knitting with the design of their choice for 4 inches (keeping 3 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row). Then the project will be mailed to the next knitter. There will be 5 knitters for each blanket, so the blanket should measure about 20 inches long when complete.
(Detailed instructions for starting an Oddball Preemie Blanket are posted here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79558)
Let's stick to basic stitch designs for this project, with no holes in the blankets. We don't want tiny fingers to get stuck in the blankets! So, just knit and purl stitches. No yarn-overs, slipped stitches or cables.
Here are some good stitch designs to use for the blankets:
(Remember to knit the first 3 rows of the blanket, and knit 3 stitches at the beginning and end of each row. Each blanket will end with 3 rows of knit stitches as well.)
Basketweave - cast on 99 stitches
Basketweave II - cast on 96 stitches
Box Stitch - cast on 100 stitches
Checks and Ridges - cast on 100 stitches
Chevron - cast on 103 stitches
Close Checks - cast on 96 stitches
Diagonals - cast on 100 stitches
Diamond Pattern - cast on 97 stitches
Double Basketweave - cast on 101 stitches
Embossed Diamonds - cast on 99 stitches
Garter Stitch Steps - cast on 102 stitches
King Charles Brocade - cast on 102 stitches
Large Diamonds - cast on 96 stitches
Little Pyramids - cast on 101 stitches
Moss Panels - cast on 101 stitches
Moss Stitch Parallelograms - cast on 96 stitches
Pique Triangles - cast on 101 stitches
Plain Diamonds - cast on 96 stitches
Purled Ladder - cast on 100 stitches
Rice Stitch - cast on 100 stitches
Single Chevron - cast on 102 stitches
Spaced Checks - cast on 98 stitches
Triangle Ribs - cast on 102 stitches
Triangles - cast on 96 stitches
Windmill - cast on 102 stitches
Woven Stitch - cast on 100 stitches
Here are some good yarns to choose from for the blankets:
Red Heart Soft Baby
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (from Hobby Lobby)
Bernat Softee Baby
Caron Simply Soft Baby
Bernat Satin Sport