Matariki Baby Blanket by Charlotte Marjoribanks
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Matariki Baby Blanket

June 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
7 repeats = 4 inches
in star stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 650 yards (549 - 594 m)
One Size - 25 inches x 30 inches.
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Matariki is Maori New Year, a time when the 7 stars of Matariki (known as the Seven Sisters) can be seen clearly in the night sky.

This blanket is knitted in two parts. First the center of the blanket is worked flat (back and forth on 2 needles) then the border is worked by picking up stitches all the way around the the blanket and working in the round. Increases are worked at the corners of the blanket border to stop the edges from pulling in.

Full written instructions are given for working the star stitch.

The blanket created is a small bassinet sized blanket that measures 25 inches x 30 inches once blocked.

Techniques used:
Knitting star stitch
Working in the round
Picking up stitches

This pattern is part of The New Zealand Collection which is available as an ebook comprising 20 patterns (some for women, some for men and some for children).