This pattern is adapted from a vintage counterpane (cotton bedspread) pattern in the book Knitted Counterpanes by Mary Walker Phillips. I have been intrigued by this pattern for years, and I decided to use the design for my welcome blanket because it is modular and I could easily work on one piece at a time while I was traveling. The pattern is easy but not boring. I love the way the texture of the stitches makes the rectangles and triangles curve and undulate in an organic way that is beautiful to the eye.
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Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Solids & Heathers
Yarn weight: Worsted (9 wpi)
Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st
Needle size: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yardage: 1600 yards (1463 mm)
Sizes available: Approx 46″ (117cm) square
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- written pattern
A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.” reminder that spring is on the way.
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