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!
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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This blanket is worked back and forth in rows.
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.
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.