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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Garter Stitch Baby Bath Wrap Free Pattern ©



Available as a PDF on Ravelry.com, you will need Acrobat Reader 9 which is Free. The Copyright of this pattern is that you give me Credit for my work . The pattern may not be reproduced for commercial use without my permission. If you want to use it in a KAL please ask for permission.
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The following video link will help you with the I-Cord Bind off and the Applied I-cord edging. Just follow this VIDEO LINK .
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Crafty Andy 2008©
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YO = Yarn Over
PSSO = Pass slip stitch over the previous
K2 tog = Knit two stitches together
K3 tog = Knit three stitches together
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A double Decrease is a combination of k2 tog , followed by a PSSO
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Materials: about 370 yards Lion Brand Cotton (1 lb Cone is perfect)
Needles : 10.5 US or 6.5 mm
9.5 US or 5.5 mm (for (I-Cord if desired)
Blunt Needle: Weave the ends just Two!
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Little Stitch markers/holders 20 of them.
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This pattern is easy and fast, you do not finish off the work or bind off until the end, well almost, because when you bind off in I-Cord Form the head cover or feet cover flap, you will actually be working on the pattern.
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First Part of 4
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Cast On five stitches
Row 1 knit 2 stitches YO, knit to the end.
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Row 2 Repeat Row 1 until you have 100 stitches, or the stitches that you desire it to be wide this may depend on your gauge.
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Once you have reached the amount of stitches that you want you will go to the second part of the pattern.
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Second Part of 4
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Let's say you are at 100 stitches now you will start to :
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Row 1 Knit 2 stitches, YO, then Slip a Stitch, K2 tog, PSSO, (This is your double Decrease) knit until end.
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Row 2 Repeat Row 1 and keep on double decreasing until you have 5 or 7 stitches left.
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When you have 5 or 7 stitches mark that area as you will be folding over the wrap on this area to create a pouch.
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Third Part of 4
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Row 1 knit 2 stitches YO, knit to the end.
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Row 2 Repeat Row 1 until you have 50 stitches, or the stitches that you desire it to be wide this may depend on your gauge. This will be the Flap that will become the head or feet cover of this bath wrap.
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Once you are done with this part you may fold it and mark the ends of it on the wrap
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Fourth Part of 4
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Once you have let say the stitches (50 in this instance) that you determined to make the flap of, You will slip one stitch to one needle, then you will proceed to cast on (with a backward loop or the method that you prefer) 3 ,4 or 5 stitches. You will now begin your I-Cord Bind-Off of the flap until you reach the end of the flap. (Use Smaller Needles if you like)
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When you are dealing with garter stitch you have to be consistent in the way you pick up stitches on the edge of the piece. Remembering that there is a stitch to pick up for every two rows of garter stitch. You should not pick up one stitch per Row.
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You will then continue on the body of the wrap, going around ,being mindful of the corners and remembering to make two or three extra I-Cord Stitches so that it curves. You will need to I-Cord Across the Top as well. Remember how your I-Cord Looks as you Join to the Body of the Baby Wrap.
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When you are joining the flap or pouch you will have two edges to bring together with the I-Cord Bind-Off Finish. so when you are doing your I-Cord on the Body with these two edges, you will be picking up a stitch from each edge and the last I-Cord Stitch and you will be doing a K3 tog all around until the end. Then Bind Off as you will normally do being careful to match the I-Cord. Once your are done Binding off the flap you are actually making an I-Cord Border on the wrap that complements your bind-off. Finish off, cut yarn and Weave in the ends, there should only be Two ends to weave in.

Have Fun.

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4 comments:

Banjo Lee Jone's Knitting and Crochet Blog said...

Andy: Hello my name is Bryan. I am really impressed with your blog and your work. Nice, nice job! I hope to learn a bit from you. Take care. Bryan

Anonymous said...

What a nice little blankie! I am going to add this pattern to my queue. Thank you for sharing, Andy.

JudithNY

Riohnna said...

It is gorgeous! I just love the colors you used.

kadezmom said...

Excellent job. I need to go learn that i-cord bind off. What a great baby gift.....