You Asked For It! An Entrelac Knitted Baby Blanket


First, thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my baby blankets.  It means so much to me that so many of you think so highly of my designs.  And second, here is the pattern for the Knitted and Quilted Entrelac Baby Blanket!  A forewarning:  I am no pattern writer!  I do my best to use the appropriate symbols and make my instructions as clear as possible, but as always, feel free to ask questions and if anyone spots a mistake, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

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Entrelac Knit Baby Blanket Pattern PDF

Materials:

4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #145 Happy (Yellow)

4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #148 Coo (Pink)

4 balls Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #146 Nestle (Blue)

1 ball Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo Yarn #133 Willow (Green)

*Size 6 (4 mm) needles

Tapestry needle

*I recommend for this project that you use circular needles. Not only is this blanket large, and a traditional needle will probably not be long enough, but also, this blanket gets heavy. The weight of the blanket is easier to manage on circular needles, and the repeated turning of your work will be less cumbersome.

Cast on 110 stitches.

Starting Row: (Triangle Row A)

*P2, turn, K2, turn, P3, turn, K3, turn, P4, turn, K4, turn, P5, turn, K5, turn, P6, turn, K6, turn, P7, turn, K7, turn, P8, turn, K8, turn, P9, turn, K9, turn, P10, do not turn. (One triangle made.) Repeat from * 10 times more. Break yarn.

Row A:

K2, turn, P2, turn, Kfb, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3, turn, Kfb, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P4, turn, Kfb, K2, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P5, turn, Kfb, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P6, turn, Kfb, K4, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P7, turn, Kfb, K5, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P8, turn, Kfb, K6, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P9, turn, Kfb, K7, sl 1, K1, psso, do not turn. *Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the next triangle. (Turn, P10, turn, K9, sl 1, K1, psso) 10 times. Do not turn. Repeat from * 9 times more. Pick up and knit 10 stitches down the side edge of the last triangle. Turn, P2tog, P8, turn, K9, turn, P2tog, P7, turn, K8, turn, P2tog, P6, turn, K7, turn, P2tog, P5, turn, K6, turn, P2tog, P4, turn, K5, turn, P2tog, P3, turn, K4, turn, P2tog, P2, turn, K3, turn, P2tog, P1, turn, K2, turn, P2tog. Do not turn. Break yarn.

Row B:

Pick up and purl 9 stitches down the side edge of the first triangle. (Turn, K10, turn, P9, P2tog) 10 times. Do not turn. *Pick up and purl 10 stitches down side edge of next triangle. (Turn, K10, turn, P9, P2tog) 10 times. Repeat from * 9 times more. Turn. Break yarn.

Repeat Rows A and B until desired width of blanket is achieved. End with Row A.

Finishing Row: (Triangle Row B)

*Pick up and purl 9 stitches down the side of the next triangle. Turn, K8, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P8, P2tog, turn, K7, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P7, P2tog, turn, K6, Sl1, K1, psso, turn, P6, P2tog, turn , K5, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P5, P2tog, turn, K4, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P4, P2tog, turn, K3, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3, P2tog, turn, K2, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P2, P2tog, turn, K1, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P1, P2tog, turn, sl 1, K1, psso, turn, P3tog. Do not turn. Repeat from * 10 times more. Break yarn.

Block.

Weave in all loose ends.

*Note: Using this method, you can make your blanket in any color combination (a minimum of 2 colors is necessary to highlight the Entrelac pattern) and to any size. The following is the exact color placement for the blanket shown.

Row 1: Triangle Row A using yellow

Row 2: Row A using blue

Row 3: Row B using yellow

Row 4: Row A using pink

Row 5: Row B using blue

Row 6: Row A using yellow

Row 7: Row B using pink

Row 8: Row A using blue

Row 9: Row B using pink

Row 10: Row A using green

Row 11: Row B using yellow

Row 12: Row A using pink

Row 13: Row B using blue

Row 14: Row A using yellow

Row 15: Row B using blue

Row 16: Row A using pink

Row 17: Row B using yellow

Row 18: Row A using green

Row 19: Row B using pink

Row 20: Row A using blue

Row 21: Row B using pink

Row 22: Row A using yellow

Row 23: Row B using blue

Row 24: Row A using pink

Row 25: Row B using yellow

Row 26: Row A using blue

Row 27: Triangle Row B using yellow

Directions for backing and binding your blanket can be found in the following post: A Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket??

Abbreviations

st(s)…stitch

sl…slip

K…knit stitch

P…purl stitch

Kfb…knit through the front and back of the same stitch

psso…pass slipped stitch over

tog…together

Added Later: If you’re interested in the crochet blanket shown in the Knitted and Quilted Baby Blanket post, please see my Crocheted “Quilt.”

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67 Responses to You Asked For It! An Entrelac Knitted Baby Blanket

  1. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to get started! I’ve convinced a friend to try the project with me so we can do it together. Thanks for posting!

  2. Jenn says:

    I was so hoping you’d post a pattern – this blanket is the only project I have been wanting to do for my baby due around Thanksgiving! How long did it take you approximately? Thank you again for taking them time to write this out and share it with us!

  3. Jenn says:

    One last question – I love your taste and if you wanted to make this for a boy what color would you substitute the pink for?

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Jenn,
      I have made the blanket for a baby boy before. I used a few different shades of blue and a white. I did use a different brand of yarn….Butterfly Super 10. I don’t like the feel as much as the Sirdar Snuggly, but they have a huge variety of colors. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could use more then four colors. You may just want to make a color chart beforehand, so you like where your colors fall on the blanket. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to see pics!
      Nikki

  4. Zoe Krakowski says:

    I love the combined look. One question? What is the finished size.

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Zoe,
      The finished size of the knitted top is about 30″ by 35″, plus an additional 2″ around for the binding.
      Nikki

  5. korrinn says:

    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for patterns and I think your blanket is beautiful! I’m going to try making it for my sister (I’m gonna be an aunt!)

  6. Cindy says:

    Hello. I love this blanket. I am a sort of new knitter – how would you rate the difficulty of this pattern? How long did it take you to do it?

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Thanks, Cindy!
      The blanket is not difficult, but you do need to know a few stitches more than just knitting and purling. For example, you’ll need to pick up and knit stitches, pick up and purl them, purl 2 together, and a few others. Don’t worry, though. None of these are difficult! http://www.KnittingOnTheNet.com is a great resource. You can look all of these stitches up and it gives you step by step directions, with pictures, and always, you can ask me! I really only get to knit while my son is napping, so projects take me a little longer. I’d say from start to finish, this blanket should not take you more than two weeks. Let me know how it goes!
      Nikki

  7. EEyler says:

    So cute! I am sadly not a knitter, but I’ll have to pass this one along to my mom 🙂

  8. Traci says:

    Came across this pattern and could not wait to get started as my friend is having a baby. I think I might be doing something wrong in the pattern. I haven’t gotten past the first few triangles in the starting row. 🙁 Are the ends of the triangles supposed to be curled up? I haven’t went any further with the pattern to know if it corrects itself or not, but I don’t think it it is supposed to look this way? Is it? Or do you have any idea what I might be doing wrong?

  9. Sam says:

    Traci,

    Here is a website demonstrating what entrelac looks like in the in-between stages: http://www.needlepointers.com/displaypage.aspx?ArticleID=34267&URL=http://craftlover.wordpress.com/2007/03/17/instruction-to-entrelac-knitting-with-illustrations/
    As you can see, the first triangles *are* supposed to be curled up, fear not! Another great source for knitting help if, like me, pictures don’t always do it for you, try searching entrelac on youtube.com (apparently it does have a real use!) Good luck! I can’t wait to start this blanket.

  10. Beth Wilson says:

    This blanket looks so beautiful! I am excited to try my hand at making it. I did have one question about blocking it. I have never blocked any knitting before, but I have found a couple sites that describe it. But I was wondering if you have to block it every time it is washed? Does it stand up well to washing? Thanks again for this lovely pattern!

  11. Anne Richardson says:

    I have been searching the web looking for a baby blanket pattern that really catches my eye, and yours certainly did. My daughter is pregnant with her first child, due August 8th and I want to make her a beautiful blanket- something a little more unique than many of the standard patterns I’ve seen. I’m not a novice knitter but I have never tried entralac knitting before. I confess I’m a little nervous. I’m wondering if this blanket can be made without the quilting? And if so, is there anything about the pattern that would have to change?

    Thanks!
    Anne

    • Anne,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind words about my knitted baby blanket. You can absolutely make it without the quilting, just know that the back isn’t as beautiful as the front, but that’s typical for knitting. You do not have to make any changes at all to the pattern.
      Please send pictures of your finished blanket and congratulations on your grandbaby!!
      Nikki

  12. Thank you for this pattern. I just started my project, and I will post some photos when I get a bulk of it worked up. I find that I do not lose focus on this project. Most projects I work on, my hand feels like it’s about to fall off after I do 120 purl stitches, this gives me just enough time for my hand to rest between rows. I decided to add an extra 10 stitches to make this a bigger baby blanket, so I’m going to cross my fingers and hope my sister will enjoy it as much as I anticipate… Thanks again,

    Jared

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  14. Rozalie Tingley says:

    I too stumbled upon this looking for a baby afghan pattern to do that is different than what I have but not to complicated as my husband does some also. I think this is absolutely gorgeous and would love to try it sometime myself. I am expecting my first great grandchild the end of April. Thanks for sharing your pattern with all of us.

    • Rozalie,
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet words! I am so, so happy you like my blanket and even happier you are going to give it a try!
      Please let me know how it goes!
      And congratulations on your first great grandbaby! How exciting!!

  15. Anne Richardson says:

    I’ve started the entrelac baby blanket for my first grandchild using the same yarn but different colors because it’s going to be a boy!

    I’ve posted a picture on Ravelry of the work in progress.

    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annierichardson/entrelac-baby-blanket

  16. connie says:

    Niki

    I love doing the blanket. It took me while to master it becasue I left handed when comes to knitting. My goal is not trying to knitted right handed.

  17. Beth Wilson says:

    Nikki, thanks so much for your help over email! I have (finally) finished the blanket and have pictures of it here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bethwilson/entrelac-baby-blanket. I love the way it turned out. Thanks for the pattern!

  18. Poshi Mikalson says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m going to do mine in cotton Tahki with a true rainbow theme (7 colors–28 rows). The guage is a little bigger, but I don’t plan to edge mine–just knit the blanket. Your’s was the first pattern I found that helped me figure out approximate yardage! I have 216 yards of each color. Curious–did you have much yarn left over?

    • Poshi,
      I’m so happy you’re making my blanket! Please send pictures. I love the idea of doing it as a rainbow!
      I’m trying to remember how much yarn I had left over…I made the original blanket years ago. I’ve since made it many times, but always in different color variations. I think I had a fair amount left over of the green, because that is used the least in the blanket. The other colors, I only really had enough left to throw in the scrap pile.
      Does that help?
      Thanks so much for stopping by! And again, send pics!!
      Nikki

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  22. Caitlin says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I’m one of the editors of AllFreeKnitting and I would love to link to this pattern on our site – it’s so beautiful! With your permission, could I feature this post in one of our weekly newsletters?

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Caitlin

  23. Amy says:

    Hi Nikki, this is such a great blanket! I have quite a bit of Bernat cottontots yarn and am wondering if you’ve tried it with this pattern or have heard from someone who has. I’m not that skilled of a knitter but did an entrelac scarf and love the look. Thanks for any tips you can provide!

    • Nikki says:

      Amy, I’ve never worked specifically with that yarn, but I took a peek at it online, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! I love that there is such a wide variety of colors available. Send us pics if you give it a try!

      • Amy says:

        Thanks Nikki, I’m going to give it a try. I think it’s slightly thicker so I’m trying a 7 needle. I’ll keep you posted!

        • Amy says:

          Hi Nikki, after a rough start I’m on row 8! I’m following your color pattern except I’m using white instead of pink. I love this project because I don’t have to count stitches (much). The baby I’m knitting for is due in January – I hope I can finish it by then!

          • Nikki says:

            Yay!!!
            I’m so happy you toughed it out!!
            The first few rows are always tricky until it starts to lay flat, and you can see everything kind of come together!
            I can’t wait to see pictures!!!

          • Amy says:

            Hi Nikki, do you have a photo of the entire blanket spread out? I’m thinking of adding another row of green and it would help me to see the whole thing so I can imagine better how to make that work. thanks!

  24. Nikki says:

    Amy,
    I don’t have a picture of the whole thing, but you could just map it out with a few crayons or markers. If I remember correctly, the green is centered in the middle, so I’m not if adding it to the side would work. How far into the blanket are you???

    • Amy says:

      I’m almost done with row 11 and realizing that it’s a good thing I mapped out an alternative pattern (on my computer using Publisher) because I think I’m going to run out of yellow yarn! But I have plenty of white and an extra skein of green so I’m following your pattern until row 11 and then: Row 12 blue, row 13 white, Row 14 green, Row 15 white, Row 16 blue, Row 17 yellow, Row 18 green and then back to your pattern at row 19. The yarn I’m using has been discontinued so I’m going to have to find something as an emergency back-up for the yellow.

  25. Amy says:

    Hi Nikki, I’m done! When I finished I had about 24″ of yellow yarn left – can you believe it? Actually, I did the final row of bind off triangles in white but I’m not too concerned about that. I don’t think it’ll be too noticeable – especially after putting the binding on! It’s taken me SO LONG. I guess I’m not that fast of a knitter but I timed myself and it took me about 25 minutes for every rectangle. That doesn’t count fixing mistakes – and there were a few! I can’t even bring myself to do the math but it really does look beautiful. I’ll see if I can download a photo to ravelry. Now I just need to block it (never done it) and do the backing. Both things I am NOT looking forward to. The baby is due in 2 weeks so not sure I’ll be finished in time but oh well. And BTW, I used Bernat cotton-tots in colors they have discontinued – except for the white!

    • Amy says:

      I posted a photo on Ravelry – let me know if you can access it. I’ve never posted anything there before.

      • Nikki says:

        Amy!
        I couldn’t follow the link, but I was able to hunt you down there and see it!
        IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!
        Your yarn selection is fabulous! I love the colors!!!!

    • Nikki says:

      Amy!
      Congratulations!!!
      I took a peek at your picture on Ravelry and it’s beautiful! I LOVE your colors!!
      If you need any help with the blocking and binding, just ask!
      XOXO

      • Amy says:

        Thanks Nikki! I had to change the colors because of the yarn I had on hand so it has more green. And it’s short a few rows but it ended up being pretty large anyway. I have a question about blocking. I have a front loading washer – can I wash the blanket in it (on delicate) and then block it? Seems like trying to deal with washing it by hand would be hard – it would be quite heavy if fully wet and seems like trying to dry it in towels would be difficult.

        • Nikki says:

          Amy, everyone seems to have their own preferred method of blocking. I, personally, don’t put my pieces in the washer. I lay them flat on my iron board, put a white towel on top, and then press them with my iron. It’s maybe not the best method, but putting them in the washer scares me a bit! Plus, like you said, it will take forever to dry!

          • Amy says:

            Hi Nikki, just posted the final photos of the blanket on Ravelry after adding the back and the edging. I picked out the fabrics but paid someone to do it – I was too nervous about messing it up and it wasn’t expensive. I never did block it and it turned out fine. The baby was born late January and I gave mom the blanket a few weeks ago. I’m so happy with how it turned out – thanks again for all of your advice and support. I think I’ll make another for my niece – she just had a baby last March.

          • Nikki says:

            Amy! I’m so happy you love how it turned out and it was a hit with baby and mom! It was absolutely my pleasure to help you through. Any time!
            XOXO

  26. fides kamoto says:

    Wow! I have just finished making the adorable baby blanket and I will be for the first time trying to do the backing and binding. Any tips for the poor beginner like me?

    • Nikki says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you finished the blanket!
      Backing and binding the blanket is not as hard as you might think. Definitely pin baste the blanket to your backing before sewing on the binding. That will help a lot!
      Let me know how it goes!

  27. Vicki says:

    Hi Nikki,
    Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern, I’ve just finished knitting it in blues for my nephew to be – I’ll try and attach a picture, just need to do the backing. Thanks again
    Vicki

  28. Korie says:

    Hi. I’ve started the project. Having finished the starting row, I’m now stumped. You say to break the yarn. You do not say what to do next. Do I connect the new color (though I’ve opted to used one self striping yarn)? Where would that yarn be attached? Which row do I start with next, after A the triangle starting row? A?B? Please help. Could you email me directly? Thanks

    • Nikki says:

      Korie,
      After you complete the entire first row of triangles, you break the yarn, and go back to the other side…where you originally started. You always move the same way across your blanket.
      Then you’ll do Row A (which will give you a row of squares all the way across). Then Row B (another row of squares).
      You’ll keep repeating those two rows until the end.
      Then do one last row of triangles to finish off the top edge.

  29. Erin says:

    Nikki,

    I love this pattern. Thank you so much for posting it. Do you have the dimensions forge finished piece by chance?

    • Nikki says:

      Oh! Thank you, Erin!
      It is quite large!
      I don’t remember exactly, but I’m thinking it was about 36″ across and 24″ high!!
      Nice and cozy to snuggle up with!

  30. Beverly Newell says:

    How do you do the backing and finished edge Love pattern and am working on it.

  31. Jane Tonnellier says:

    Hi Nikki
    I have made your baby blanket a few times and it’s been my favorite go to baby blanket. I have a friend who I made the baby lanket for who now wants me to make it for a child’s size. I don’t know how to figure out how many stitches to cast on Would you be able to help? Have you made a larger size blanket?

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Jane!
      If I remember correctly, (I haven’t made this blanket in a LONG TIME!!) you can cast on any multiple of 10 to make it either larger or smaller. This will make it longer.
      You’d then have to also add rows to it, as well, to make it wider. I suggest making a color chart for that so that you can see what pattern you like best in your colors!

  32. Noreen says:

    not even sure if you are still responding as blog is going back a few years! Please excuse silly questions (beginner!) In Roa A after picking up and knitting 10 stitches down the side edge of the next triangle, you have in brackets “(Turn, P10, turn, k9, sl 1, K1, psso)” and then you have “10 times” outside of brackets. Do you mean repeat actions in brackets 10 times?

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  34. Ginny O'Leary says:

    Thank you very much. I’m trying to complete 17 baby blankets for all my grndchildren so they will have something from NanaNana..
    Two down, 15 more to go…
    Thank you again, I’ll be aure to post when sone.

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