Big Zig Blanket by Tricia Drake
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Big Zig Blanket

March 2011
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 17 - 12.75 mm
420 yards (384 m)
approximately 24" x 34"

NEW 9/2012 - “Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way” wins the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Craft/Hobby/How-To book, awarded by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

NEW 6/2012 - “Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way” is a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year.

Recommended materials include:

  • 4 hanks Spud & Chloë Outer in #7211 Rocket
  • 3 hanks Spud & Chloë Outer in #7208 Cornsilk
  • US 17, 29” (or longer) circular needles
  • US 17 straight needles (optional, you can use the circulars to knit the panels back and forth if you prefer)

Skills needed include knitting into the front and back of a stitch, knitting through the back loop, knitting two stitches together, picking up stitches and sewing a mattress stitch. The blanket is knit in three separate panels, which are then sewn together and the border knit.

To purchase an author-signed copy of “Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way”, visit

NEW REVIEW 3/16 from Living Crafts Magazine, Spring 2011: “Some of the designs in this book are so unique and so perfect for a new baby that they seem commissioned by Mother Nature herself…”

NEW REVIEW 3/14 from Publishers Weekly: …“Drake, founder of TrickyKnits, captures a festive mood in this collection of hand knit baby gifts. Beginning knitters will welcome the explicit directions and speedy results; experienced knitters will enjoy experimenting with chunky knits for tiny newborns…The results appear deliciously complex, yet the designs are relatively straightforward.”