Later Gator Blanket by Tricia Drake
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Later Gator Blanket

March 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 15 - 10.0 mm
6.0 mm (J)
900 yards (823 m)
approximately 34" x 34"

Kits and needles available for this and any project from “Welcoming Home Baby the Handcrafted Way” at

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:

  • 2 hanks Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in #638 Dandelion
  • 3 hanks Blue Sky Alpacas Multi Cotton in #6801 Marmalade
  • 2 hanks Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in #629 Ladybug
  • US 15 24” (or longer) circular needles
  • US 15 straight needles (optional, you can use the circulars to knit the blanket back and forth)
  • US J or K crochet hook

Skills needed include picking up stitches, knitting vertical/intarsia stripes, knitting into the front and back of a stitch, and crocheting a chain stitch embellishment.

The blanket as show is knit with two strands of worsted-weight, but Tricia says it’s easy to substitute a heavier yarn and knit with a single strand if you prefer.

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

NEW REVIEW 3/16/11 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 3/14/11 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.”