Sheep Baby Blanket: Use Lazy Colorwork to Spruce Up that Stroller

When I hear babies cry I like to pretend it’s the valiant roar of tiny Velociraptor; otherwise the piercing shriek causes shudders and an almost uncontrollable urge to run. I once picked up a crying baby backward (with their back to me) so they wouldn’t be crying into my ear. So why on earth have I designed a sheep baby blanket you ask?

As it turns out, I have found some deeply buried instincts when it comes to babies who aren’t strangers. My cousins started having kids and I found myself dying to knit little hats and scarves for them… Yep, you read that one right. I adore playing and chatting with them, and when they get fussy I just return them to their parental unit and go on my merry way. I’m not perfect, no one is, but I’ve found that when I love the parents, I am overjoyed to have more people like them in this world.

There are four little cousins and the youngest is now past the “could die from a blanket over his face” stage of development and I thought I should celebrate that accomplishment with a cute stroller blanket for protection from chilly gusts. I flipped through the Alterknit Stitch Dictionary and found two adorable sheep colorwork stitch patterns but was still too intimidated to attempt real colorwork. So I went in with duplicate stitch and soared through three little motifs and am now tempted to make an entire flock.

Voila! A lazy-colorwork stroller blanket for an adorable little baby you know. I hope you enjoy!


An easy “colorwork” stroller blanket you can customize with the Alterknit Stitch Dictionary. Also, keep an eye out for Interweave Knits Gifts 2018 for more on Liam the Llama!

Sheepy Stroller Blanket

Finished Size 15½” wide and 16″ long.
Yarn Quince & Co Puffin Heathers (100% American wool; 112 yd [102 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): #153 Iceland (MC) and #151 Kittywake (CC), 1 skein each.
Needles Size 15 (10 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle.
Gauge 10½ sts and 14 rows = 4″ in St st.

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Notes

This blanket is worked back and forth in rows.

Blanket

With MC and using the long-tail method, CO 44 sts. Slipping first st of every row, work in St st until piece measures 15″ from CO, ending with a RS row. BO all sts pwise on WS.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Block to measurements. Sheep: With CC threaded on a tapestry needle and using the photo as a guide, work the Counting Sheep and Ewe Looking at Me? charts from the Alterknit Stitch Dictionary using duplicate stitch.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to work duplicate stitch, check out this article by Heather Zoppetti where she uses duplicate stitch to fix a colorwork chart mishap.


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