Peter Rabbit blanket by Vikki Bird
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Peter Rabbit blanket

Knitting
March 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 19.5 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1424 yards (1302 m)
41¼” × 39½” (104 cm x 100 cm)
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This unisex blanket featuring an array of bunny silhouettes is the perfect addition to any baby’s nursery.

The Peter Rabbit blanket features nine bunnies arranged across a square in three rows. The first and last rows face left, while the central row faces right. The blanket is worked from the bottom up with the bunnies added using the intarsia technique. A moss stitch border is worked at the same time as the main body of the blanket, thus minimal finishing is required.

The blanket is worked in chunky weight yarn making it quick to complete and the large blocks of colour make it a good project for someone who is new to colourwork. Instructions for the intarsia sections are provided as both charts and written instructions.

The sample is knitted in Hayfield Baby Chunky, a super-soft acrylic/nylon blend, and the tails are knitted using Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky, a textured polyester yarn, which adds a little extra texture. Both yarns are easy care, making them perfect for babies and new parents alike.

A matching cushion pattern is also available so you can make a matching set. You can alter the background colour so that the set fits in whatever the colour scheme of your nursery.

Sizes
One size: 103 x 98.5 cm 41.25 x 39.5 in

Tension
14 sts and 19.5 rows = 10 cm 4 in in stocking stitch worked in flat on 6 mm US 10 needle after blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

Yarn and other materials
Chunky (bulky) weight yarn (ideally a plied acrylic, wool or wool/acrylic blend) in each of the following colours:

  • MC (pink): 680 m 740 yds
  • CC1 (brown): 455 m 495 yds
  • CC2 (white): 30 m 35 yds

Tools

  • 6 mm US 10 circular needle at least 80 cm 32 in in length
  • Stitch markers x 8
  • Tapestry needle
  • Chart row marker
  • Bobbins for holding the different yarn colours during colourwork

The sample is knitted in Hayfield Baby Chunky 70% acrylic, 30% nylon: 155 m (169 yds) to 100 g in Pinky (MC, 408) and Tufty (CC1, 402), and Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky 100% polyester: 62 m 69 yds to 25 g in Milky (CC2, 630).

This pattern was first published in I Like Knitting magazine, April 2017.