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Exploding Flower Baby Blanket

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

I still had a mountain of the ugly orangy-pink yarn, so I decided to make a second version of the flower baby blanket pattern. This uses the same yarn, needle sizes, gauge, etc, just a variation on the theme. Despite making two blankets, I still have enough of this yarn to make a third. It’s like a terrible all-you-can-eat restaurant. Sure, there’s more, but do you really want it?

I might have found someone on Ravelry that’s interested in taking the rest off my hands, in exchange for a couple patterns that would bring far more joy into my life.

finished baby blanket

Red is so much nicer than horrid peach.

Exploding Flower Baby Blanket

Work the Lotus Baby Blanket pattern through the flower chart and one repeat of the petal chart, then do the following. The gauge, yarn, sizes, abbreviations, etc are the same on this pattern as they are for that one, so make sure to print off that pattern, or you won’t have half the info you need for this blanket.

Work the following pattern between each marker.

Stockinette rounds – Alternate increase and even round for ten total rounds.

  • Increase round: Ktbl, yo, k until marker, yo, slip marker.
  • Even round: Knit

Then work a zig zag edge. This is slightly different from the petal round, in that two rounds differ, but isn’t any harder.

  1. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, k2tog, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  2. Knit
  3. Ktbl, *yo, k tbl, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 1 st before marker, yo, k tbl, yo, slip marker.
  4. Knit
  5. Ktbl, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts before marker, yo, k3, yo, slip marker.
  6. Knit
  7. Ktbl, *yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, k5, yo, slip marker.
  8. Knit
  9. Ktbl, *yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 7 sts before marker, yo, k7, yo, slip marker.
  10. Knit
  11. Ktbl, *yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso* Repeat from * to * until 9 sts before marker, yo, k9, yo, slip marker.
  12. Knit
  13. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, ssk, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  14. Knit

Repeat rounds 1-14 again, and then work one more set of stockinette rounds.

Work 4 rounds in seed stitch (I didn’t do increase on the corners this time), and bind off in pattern.

Closeup of blanket

Well, this color isn’t quite right.

Exploding Flower Baby Blanket, 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
March 27th, 2011
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15 Responses to “Exploding Flower Baby Blanket”

  1. RitaHiles Says:

    Hi am knitting this exploding blanket and it has come on lovely but have hit a snag. The second round of the zigzag pattern has 2 stitches too many to start with on the 1st row. I hope you can sort this for me. It is a beautfiul pattern to work with.
    Thank you

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  2. Judy McMullen Says:

    What does “ktbl” stand for?

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  3. Shana Says:

    Knit through back loop

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  4. Sandy Says:

    How much yarn does this require? I have lots of “left over” yarn, but don’t want to start this and run our b4 finished.

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  5. Shirley Daugherty Says:

    This exploding flower blanket is lovely, how can I print it? It shows a blank page in my print preview.
    also, what size blanket does it make?
    I don’t see any gauge or needle size to even guess.
    Thanks, Shirley

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  6. Diane Smith Says:

    what does ssk mean?

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  7. Shana Says:

    Slip slip knit. The abbreviations are on the original pattern page – http://www.needyl.com/knitting/free-baby-blanket-pattern/

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  8. Shana Says:

    You can find the gauge etc at the original pattern – http://www.needyl.com/knitting/free-baby-blanket-pattern/

    I am not having issues with printing when clicking the print button at the bottom of the post – http://www.printfriendly.com/print?url=http://www.needyl.com/knitting/free-baby-blanket-pattern/

    Remember that you’ll need to print the Lotus instructions too.

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  9. Kathy Says:

    This pattern does not give instructions fully, not have # of stitches needed or how much yarn needed.

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  10. Shana Says:

    You have to follow the link to the original pattern.

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  11. Heather Says:

    Love the pattern. I love knitting fancy baby blankets but have never used circular needles so this looks a great easy project to try.

    Love being able to easily print and save to PDF file.

    Thank you

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  12. judith Says:

    It does not say how many sts to cast on for this blanket, experienced knitter but confused

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  13. Kathy Says:

    How many stitches to cast on….Also, how to do zig zag pattern..

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  14. Shana Says:

    Work the Lotus Baby Blanket pattern (http://www.needyl.com/knitting/knit-baby-blanket-pattern/) through the flower chart and one repeat of the petal chart, then work the above.

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  15. Shan Says:

    I love this pattern, but on ravelry I only gave it 3 stars. With all those who’ve completed this project, only one mentioned that there should be instructions to repeat the increase rows after each 1 through 14 set. Now I have a bulge in the middle. Oh well. I think the mommy to be will be pleased with the effort anyway.

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