293. Yellow Blanket Square

Knitting, project 293. Completed 14-Mar-2011

So fuzzy!

Adapted from standard instructions for a corner-to-corner dishcloth

Shop sample

Square (your choice). GAUGE: not important

Yarn: Worsted weight OR chunky yarn
Knitting needles — US Size 9 (5.5 mm)

Yellow sample square (in photo):

  • 1 ball chunky yarn — Plymouth Dreamland Fancy (97% Acrylic, 3% Nylon), 84 yds, 1.75 oz/50g ball.
  • US Size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needle.
  • Finished size: 10” square.
  • Used 1.25 oz / 60 yards.

Yarn estimates:
Blanket can be either made all in one yarn or as a “stash buster” project with yarns of a similar gauge.
Yarn estimates for a square baby blanket:

  • 24 inches each side (stroller): 350 yards — 5 balls Dreamland Fancy
  • 30 inches each side (baby): 540 yards — 7 balls Dreamland Fancy
  • 33 inches each side (baby): 655 yards — 8 balls Dreamland Fancy
  • 36 inches each side (baby): 780 yards — 10 balls Dreamland Fancy

Test knitting (“proof of concept”) for a “Dishcloth” Blanket knit on the diagonal (corner-to-corner).

This classic pattern can be used to make either a dishcloth or a baby blanket, depending on your yarn choices. It works up quickly with worsted weight yarn on US 9 needles.

Dishcloth notes
Make a square in 100% cotton worsted weight yarn, and you’ve got a great dishcloth or face cloth. Work until 40 sts (basic size), 50 sts (for face cloth), or 60 sts (jumbo size cloth).

TIP: Cotton yarn is also good for baby bibs: attach I-cords or ribbons to two corners for ties

Optional edging: Work 1 round of single crochet evenly spaced around the edges, and work 3 single crochet in each corner. At the last corner, chain 12 stitches and attach back to the cloth, creating a loop. Work single crochet over the chain to reinforce: sew in ends. Now you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.