|18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch|
16 sts/27 rows = 4 inches over chart
This blanket is begun with Judy Becker’s magic cast on and worked in the round from the centre out.
M1R: Insert left needle, from back to front, under the horizontal strand which lies between the stitch just knit, and the following stitch; then knit into the front of this loop. 1 stitch increased.
M1L: Insert left needle, from front to back, under the horizontal strand which lies between the stitch just knit, and the following stitch; then knit into the back of this loop. 1 stitch increased.
Using DPNs or larger long circular, cast on 6 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast on.
Setup row: K3.
Setup round: [K1, M1R] around. 12 sts.
Arrange sts onto DPNs or long circular for magic loop. If working on DPNs, put 3 sts on each needle; if working on magic loop method, place markers after every third stitch to divide up the quarters of the blanket, using a different color marker for the start of the round.
Round 1: Work row 1 of Chart 1 4 times around.
Continue as set until row 90 of Chart 1 is complete. As blanket gets bigger, change to larger circular needles, using markers to divide up the quarters.
When Chart 1 is complete, (372 sts) continue as follows:
Next round: [Work Chart 2 row 1 across 47 sts, work Chart 3 row 1 across 46 sts] 4 times
Continue as set until row 38of Charts 2 & 3 is complete.524 sts.
Change to smaller needle.
Round 1: [K1, yo, k to next marker, yo, slip marker] around. 8 sts increased, 532 sts.
Round 2: P around.
Round 3: [K1, yo, k to next marker, yo, slip marker] around. 8 sts increased, 540 sts.
Round 4: P around.
Round 5: [K1, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) to 1 st before marker, k1, yo] 4 times around. 8 sts increased,548 sts.
Round 6: P around.
Round 7: [K1, yo, k to next marker, yo, slip marker] around. 8 sts increased, 556 sts.
Bind off as follows: P2, slip 2 sts back to left needle, p2tog; *slip st back to left needle, p2tog; rep from * until all sts have been bound off.
Weave in ends and wet block.