Sunday, November 04, 2012

WARM WAFFLES CAR SEAT BLANKET AND CAP


Special thanks to Virginia in WA for testing this pattern.

SIZE:  24 x 28 inches

MATERIALS:
Worsted (4) weight yarn approximately 8 ounces for blanket only
US size 10 (6.0 mm) 24-29 inch circular knitting needle
Tapestry needle


NOTES: 
1.     Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2.     Blanket is worked on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches.  It is not worked in the round.
3.     If you are using one of the lighter weight (4) yarns, like Simply Soft or Pound of Love, you probably should go down a needle size and cast on additional stitches.
4.     If you want a wider blanket cast on additional stitches in increments of six.
5.     Blanket in photo knit with  Caron One Pound.


GAUGE:  13 sts = 4 inches  (not really important)

INSTRUCTIONS:
With circular needle, cast on 81 sts.

BORDER:
Knit 5 rows.  (81 sts)

WAFFLE PATTERN:
Row 1:  K. (81 sts)
Row 2:  K5, P across to last 5 sts, K5. (81 sts)
Row 3:  K5, *P2, K1.  Repeat from * to last 7 sts, P2, K5. (81 sts)
Row 4:  K5, *K2, P1.  Repeat from * to last 7 sts, K7. (81 sts)

Repeat rows 1-4 until blanket is about 12 inches from cast on edge.  End with row 4.

Next row creates the seat belt slot. 

Next row:  K35, bind off 11 sts, K35.  (70 sts)

Next row:  K5, P30, PU 1 st (pick up and purl) in the first bound off st,  cast on 11 sts, PU 1 st (pick up and purl) in the last bound off st,  P30, K5. (83 sts)

Working in pattern, work “row 3” as follows.  K5, *P2, K1. Repeat from * 9 times.  P2tog, P1, K1.  @P2, K1.  Repeat from @ once.  P1, P2tog, K1.  #P2, K1.  Repeat from # 8 times.  End with P2, K5  (81 sts)

Starting with row 4, repeat rows 1-4 until blanket is about 19 inches from cast on edge.  End with row 4.

Next row creates the shoulder strap slot. 

Next row:  K33, bind off 15 sts, K33.  (66 sts)

Next row:  K5, P28, PU 1 st (pick up and purl) in the first bound off st,  cast on 15 sts, PU 1 st (pick up and purl) in the last bound off st,  P28, K5. (83 sts)

Working in pattern, work “row 3” as follows.  K5, *P2, K1. Repeat from * 8 times.  P1, P2tog, K1.  @P2, K1.  Repeat from @ 3 times.  P2tog, P1, K1.  #P2, K1.  Repeat from # 7 times.  End with P2, K5  (81 sts)

Starting with row 4, repeat rows 1-4 until blanket is about 27 inches from cast on edge.  End with row 2.

BORDER:
Knit 5 rows.  (81 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Optional: Work a buttonhole stitch around both openings as reinforcement.

CAP:

SIZE:  11-14 inches

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight (4) yarn 1.5 ounce for cap only
US size 10 (6 mm) 16 inch circular knitting needle
US size 10 (6 mm) double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Marker

NOTES: 
Change to double point needles when necessary.


INSTRUCTIONS:
With 16 inch needle, cast on 48 sts. Join and work in the round.

Place marker to denote beginning of round.

Work K2, P2 ribbing for 2 ½ inches.  (48 sts)
Rounds 1-2:  Knit. 
Rounds 3-4:  *P2, K1.  Repeat from * around. 
Repeat rounds 1-4 until cap measures about 6 inches from cast on edge ending with round 4.

Next round: *K6, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (42 sts)

Next round: *K5, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (36 sts)

Next round: *K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (30 sts)

Next round: *K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (24 sts)

Next round: *K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (18 sts)

Next round: *K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (12 sts)

Next round: *K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (6 sts)

Finish in one of these two ways:

1.  Cut yarn and use tapestry needle to run yarn tail through the stitches and pull to close.  Before you weave in the end decide which side you like best.  The cap in the photo is wrong side out.

Weave in ends. 

2.  Optional I Cord Knot, start I Cord, k2tog, k2, k2tog for the first row only.

Knit 5 or 6 inch I Cord with the remaining 5 stitches.

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail.

Use tapestry needle to run yarn tail through the stitches and pull to close.  Now run yarn down the center of the I Cord.

Tie I Cord in a knot.

Weave in ends. 


Comments:
How many hours you think this would take to make? Thanks!
 
I don't have an estimate of time. There are so many interruptions around here I can't keep track of time. It doesn't take as long as a full sized baby blanket as it is smaller.
 
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