I casted on for this blanket, not really knowing how it would turn out. I wanted a basic blanket that was cushy and had no large holes in it that little fingers could get caught in. What came about was the Elizabeth Blanket, a nice, pebbly stitch with a crochet picot edge, just enough girly pinkness for a fourth child (I know, I am a fourth child!).
Here is the pattern that I've written up. This is my first pattern so please bear with me. If you find any mistakes or would like to give me some advice on proper pattern writing, I would welcome your comments. Feel free to modify this pattern for a smaller/larger blanket.
Needles: Size 9 (5.5 mm) circular knitting needle
Crochet Hook: Size 9 (5.5 mm)
Yarn: MC - 6 balls Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in “Almond”
CC - 1 ball Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in “Strawberry”
This yarn is classified as "Medium" or worsted-weight.
Gauge: doesn’t matter too much since this is a blanket
Finished size: Approximately 50 inches X 30 inches
Using size 9 circular needle CO 120 stitches.
Row 1: *k2, p2*, repeat from * to * until end of row
Row 2: *k2, p2”, repeat from * to * until end of row
Essentially you will knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches until all 6 balls of MC are used up. Be sure to save enough yarn to bind off. Weave in loose ends.
To finish add a crochet picot edge using CC. You can do a single crochet row around the blanket before you begin your picot (I did not) but then you would need more than one ball of CC (about 1 ½ balls is my guess).
I have written the instructions for doing a crochet picot edge below but never having written instructions for crochet before, I fear that I may be confusing you, dear reader, more than I am helping. Bear with me. If after reading my horrid instructions, you are left with more questions than answers, have a look at this video.
Instructions for crochet picot edge:
Work a single crochet into the first chain.
Work a single crochet into each of the next 2 “stitches” or holes.
Using the last single crochet that you did, chain 3 and repeat (single crochet into first chain, single crochet, single crochet, chain 3, etc.).Continue the picot edge all the way around the blanket until you reach your first picot, cut the yarn and weave in the end.