Do you ever have an idea months or years in advance for a gift you might make for someone given a certain eventuality? Maybe the perfect wedding gift for a friend/relative who’s not even engaged yet, or a Christmas gift that will be perfect for someone, someday? I have a few gift plans like that, in particular, ideas for baby gifts for friends who are nowhere-near-pregnant.
Then, after I heard the good news and bought the yarn, I saw a few of her Pinterest boards and realized that a lot of the nursery idea pins she was saving had gray chevrons. I wanted to combine the textured stripes of the first pattern with the chevrons. It took a little work to figure out how to make seed stitch chevrons work, but I think it turned out well. It ended up looking a bit like snowy mountains (hence the name).
We’re still waiting for her little one to arrive, but the blanket is ready to go when he does!
Things you need:
- Size 8 circular needles (anything longer than 16”) – You’ll be knitting the blanket flat, but you need the length to hold all the stitches.
- Big Twist Serenity yarn (worsted weight) from JoAnn Fabric in 3 colors – I used Charcoal, White, and Light Gray, 1 skein (322 yds) each.
- Stitch Markers – I used 9 for this size, but if you’re making a bigger blanket, you’ll need more.
Skills you need:
- Knit and purl stitches
- Knit 2 together (k2tog)
- Purl 2 together (p2tog)
- Slip slip knit (ssk)
- Make 1 increases (m1 and m1r)
- Non-textured – If you like the chevrons but not the different stitch patterns used for each stripe, cast on as directed and place markers, but purl that first row instead of knitting. Then follow the instructions for Color 2 throughout the whole blanket, changing colors every 14 rows.
- Non-chevron – If you like the textured stripes but not the chevrons, try this: cast on as directed but don’t knit the first row or place markers. Then follow these instructions:
- Color 1: Knit all rows.
- Color 2: Knit first row, purl second row. Repeat these 2 rows for 13 rows, ending with a knit row.
- Color 3: Purl first row. Next 13 rows: k1, p1, repeat to end.
- You can also use thicker yarn/larger needles to get a larger size, or you can cast on a multiple of 30 stitches +1 more to get the right number of stitches for your desired width. (It will end up slightly narrower because of the chevrons than if you were to knit it straight across.)