Very dear and deserving friends of ours recently adopted a baby girl. I wanted to make a blanket for her in celebration. After digging through piles of quilt patterns I found one called Lily. The Amaryllis bulb is my favorite of those in the lily family. The angles were right, the pattern simple but lovely—and the pattern lent itself well to my purpose. But instead of quilting it, I knit it. This garter stitch baby blanket is the result.

Blanket is knit in narrow columns or panels. Each panel is 8 to 16 stitches wide, and is joined to the previous one while knitting. Once all panels have been knit, the border is worked in the round. No sewing or seaming is involved in creating this blanket. This pattern is sized as a baby blanket, but it could easily be made bigger by increasing the number of repeats in both directions.

Pattern details
  • Yarn: DK weight: 920 yards of A, 345 yards of B, 345 yards of C, 230 yards of D, 345 yards of E; yarn held double.
  • Model: Peruvian Sonata, 100% mercerized cotton; 115 yards (106 meters) in 50 grams. Colors used: A. 8176 Natural; B. 5398 Cedar; 3703 Cyclamen; 6056 Orchid Pink; 5116 Light Sage.
  • Needles: US 10 (6 mm).
  • Gauge: 14 sts and 13 garter ridges to 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch, after washing.
  • Finished size: Before washing 36.5 x 33 inches; after washing 35 x 31.5 inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted only.

Photo in the blue colorway (Delft Tile) with the baby © Used with permission.

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