The sky is dark and the water is reflecting the stars, the moon, the whole universe.
There are shimmers of light on gentle ocean swells.
The swells rising and falling and swirling.
Cradled in the middle of it all is a baby.
A tiny speck in the vastness of everything - gently rocked, safe and snug and warm.
Materials:3 Skeins Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease, Blue Mist
(the gauge listed on label is 18 stitches by 24 rows to make a 4" square on size 8 needles)
size 10 needles
short note on yarn choice:
I chose this yarn because it is machine washable and dryable and contains 20% wool. I prefer to work with yarns that are composed of natural fibers, but since this is a gift for a young mom and her first child I figured that utility, affordability and appearance was allowed to over ride my yarn snobbery. (And my favorite yarn store closed so for now I am stuck with Joanne's) The blankets I knit for my kiddos were made of 100% cotton and were very stiff until they had been washed a few times.
Finished Measurements: 29" x 36"
- cast on 105 stitches
- knit two rows
- on the third row start following the stitch chart below and repeat the pattern set 11 times
- so, Row 1 would be k2, ssk, *yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog] twice; repeat from *to last 2 stitches, yo, k2
- all even rows are k2, p to last 2 sts, k2
- repeat the 8 row pattern 21 times or until the desired length is reached
- on the final repeat of the pattern, end on row 7
- knit 2 rows
- bind off knit wise on wrong side
This pattern was inspired by a pattern for a Lace Friendship Shawl I found in the book Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch by Nicky Epstein.