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Merbaby Blanket

Knitting
October 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
16.5 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in In the blanket pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
925 - 1000 yards (846 - 914 m)
27 x 36 inches - pram/stroller size
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A mix of the vintage and contemporary in this baby blanket worked in a striking pattern reminiscent of a mermaid’s scales, with a modern rolled edging.

The main blanket is worked flat, in two colours. Stitches are picked up around the edge and joined in the round to make the rolled border.

Photo tutorials showing how to work the special stitch are included, for both right and left-handed knitting. Plus bonus instructions for a mermaid washcloth!

Edited and tested by Deann Wilson

Yarn
Worsted/aran weight yarn in two colours. Blanket shown uses Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend, in main (background) colour Gray Pearl: 610 yards (558 metres), and contrast colour Celery: 315 yards (288 metres)

Needles
5 mm (US 8)
(for main blanket pattern)
4.5 mm (US 7)
Long circular needle
(for working border in the round)
Or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends. Stitch marker.

Gauge
16.5 stitches and 22 rows to 4 x 4 inches (10 cm x 10 cm) on larger needles in pattern.

Size
27 x 36 inches, pattern contains notes for sizing up.