Celtic Child: Cridhe Irish Heartbeat Baby Blanket by Luise O'Neill

Celtic Child: Cridhe Irish Heartbeat Baby Blanket

July 2009
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Chart A pattern stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
605 - 640 yards (553 - 585 m)
25 x 29 inches {63x74cm}
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♫ The Music ♫
Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison speaks of family and comfort:
“Oh won’t you stay
Stay a while with your own ones
Don’t ever stray
Stray so far from your own ones…”

Steeped in tradition, cabled knits provide a link to the past while creating heirlooms for the next generation.

Truly a design that spans the generations, a reverse horizontal rib border surrounds the cabled section which in turn frames the central cabled heart motif in this cozy design which can be used as easily for a beloved baby blanket as a lap rug on a chilly wintry night in front of the fire.

The pattern includes two full versions: one for knitters who prefer charts and one for those who prefer row-by-row written instructions.

Yarn Notes
The original sample was knit in Briggs & Little Heritage on 4.5mm / US7 needles and required 640yds of yarn. This updated version (v2.0, June 2018) was knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes on 5mm / US 8 needles.

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

Knit, purl, knit through back of loop, purl through back of loop, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together, make 1 stitch, cable stitches, read charts (optional).

The cables in this beautiful little blanket echo those used in the Cridhe Irish Heartbeat child’s sweater and matching hat.

Tech editing - RedSquirrel; FirSprite.

June 26, 2018: v2.0 uploaded (cosmetic updates only)
Apr 27, 2023: v2.02 uploaded. This update includes 1) Abbreviations and chart key definitions synchronization; 2) Enlarged Chart H key now included with the pattern.