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Lotus Baby Blanket Pattern

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

I need to get rid of yarn.

A lot of it is left overs from other projects – too much to toss, too little to make anything – or stuff that has been given to me. Nice and thank you, but not what I’d have bought. Also, yarn follows the same rules as Chinese food – left overs are either consumed in the first two days, or you lose the ability to see them. The get pushed further and further to the back, until in a flurry of Spring cleaning you come across a container you’re afraid to open.

It’s making me crazy. I feel guilty buying new stuff I’d actually use because I have approximately 8 sheep in my closet. And it just sits there. Staring.

So I made a blanket to cover my shame.

closeup of baby blanket

Holes probably weren’t the best choice for shame-covering

This yarn was a lovely cotton/alpaca blend that someone cruely dyed the color of blanched salmon. I believe my mother had a sweater in exactly this color somewhere around 1993. I used it to make a baby blanket. Being pre-verbal, babies’ opinions on color pallet are easily ignored. But to appease their now-talking parents, I plan to dye it ‘flamingo’.

color comparison

True colors: current and eventual.

This blanket is a pretty quick knit. All the confusing stuff is right at the beginning, so starting over/frogging (not that anyone ever does…) isn’t too painful. The petal pattern is easily memorized and doesn’t take much concentration after you figure it out. This probably isn’t the best pattern for your first lace project, it would make a great second one.

Lotus Knit Baby Blanket Pattern

Size

32″x32″

Gauge

18 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials

  • 300 grams (3 skeins) Cascasde 220 wool or similar worsted weight yarn (100 grams, 220 yards)
  • Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
  • Size 8 (5mm) 60″ circular needles
  • Darning needle

Abbreviations

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • K2tog – knit 2 together
  • Ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise and k2tog
  • Sl, k2tog, psso – Slip on st to the right needle, k2tog, pass slip stitch over
  • K1f&b – Knit 1 in the front and back of the stitch
  • K tbl – Knit through back loop
  • YO – Yarn over
  • PM – Place marker

Notes

Throughout pattern, slip markers as you come to them.

Switch to longer circulars when needed.

This blanket is knit using the magic loop method, (video)

Some knitters have reported the center portion of the flower puckering up a bit. To avoid this, you may want to knit the “Center Flower” section on smaller needles.

A knitter created a video showing how to knit the first 4 rows on DPNs.

Directions

Cast on 8 sts using the disappearing loop method (another tutorial!). Pull the cable through so you have 4 sts on each needle.

Center Flower

Work the following instructions four times on each round. If you choose to use DPNs, you would work the instructions below once on each of the four needles. Using the magic loop, as I did, I recommend placing a marker to designate where the pattern ends.

  1. K, 2yo, k
  2. K2, p, k
  3. K2, yo, k2
  4. K2, k1f&b, k2
  5. K2, yo, k2, yo, k2
  6. Knit
  7. K2, yo, k4, yo, k2
  8. K3, k2tog, ssk, k3
  9. Yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2
  10. K3, k2tog, k1, k1f&b, k1, ssk, k2
  11. K tbl, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo
  12. K4, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, ssk, ssk, yo, k3
  13. K tbl, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2, k1f&b, k2, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo
  14. K8, yo, ssk, ssk, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k5
  15. K tbl, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k1, sl1, k3tog, psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo
  16. Knit
  17. K tbl, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo
  18. Knit
  19. K tbl, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo
  20. Knit
  21. K tbl, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo
  22. Knit
  23. K tbl, yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k9, yo
  24. Knit
  25. K tbl, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k10, yo
  26. Knit

Petals

Work the following pattern between each marker.

  1. Ktbl, *yo, k tbl, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 1 st before marker, yo, k tbl, yo, slip marker.
  2. Knit
  3. Ktbl, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts before marker, yo, k3, yo, slip marker.
  4. Knit
  5. Ktbl, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, 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 the petals pattern 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats.

Outer Edge

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

Alternate increase and even round for ten total rounds. Work 5 additional rounds in seed stitch.

  • Seed stitch increase: Ktbl, yo, *k, p* repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
  • Seed stitch even round: P, k around.

Cast off loosely in pattern.

overview of blanket

To finish: Block better than I did.

Edited 3/16/2011 – Fixed error in line 7 and 13 of flower pattern.
Edited 3/17/2011 – Couple more.
Edited 3/20 – Dyed.
Edited 3/27 – Couple tweaks
Edited 3/31 – Row 15 will be the death of me.

center flower closeup

Now with 100% more pink!

Lotus Baby Blanket Pattern, 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
March 8th, 2011
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70 Responses to “Lotus Baby Blanket Pattern”

  1. Sue Says:

    Love the pattern for the baby blanket.  Just what I've been looking for.  Also, if you still are looking for a home for your leftover yarn, I'll take anything that is machine washable.  I am knitting dog blankets for my charity knitting this year and can use all the yarn I can get.  Happy Knitting.

    Sue

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  2. Jenny Says:

    Great pattern. Thanks for sharing. I had never cast on this way or used the mahic loop merhod, so that took some time and some tests. I’m now on the 2nd repeats of petals and it is beautiful.

    I am using Knit Picks Shine Sport yarn in Crocus.

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  3. Lee Says:

    Thanks for submitting this pattern. It is exactly the pattern I needed. It will be a wedding present fo a young couple I have known since they were wee ones. I am so excited to get it started. Thanks again.

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  4. shana Says:

    Yeah, it sounds like you're understanding right. The instruction I wrote are for one side, so it'll be worked 4 times on each round. That would be twice per needle for magic loop.

    Make sense?

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  5. Debby Says:

    I'm working through the pattern and I am on the first petal repeat. Row 5 doesn't make sense to me. I am up to row 10 (knit row) and it doesn't look right. It looks like I should have skipped rows 5 and 6 of the petal pattern. Help please!

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  6. gramj Says:

    i would love to make this blanket, but cannot get past row 1. Are you supposed to *K1, YO (twice), K1*, repeat between *'s 3 x more? So that everything written gets repeated twice on each side of the magic loop for every row? Please clarify! thanks! gramj

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  7. shana Says:

    The petal rounds are actually slightly oblong on the top, instead of a zig zag. If your yo's are lining up right, you're probably okay.

    I can see how that'd look goofy, but it's meant to make it more flower-like. You can skips rounds 5 and 6, if you prefer that look.

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  8. gramj Says:

    yes, it makes more sense now; if I can just figure out the cast on, I will be all set; I only ready thru it once . . . 

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  9. Crafting Incognito Says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern.  I am having trouble with row 7 in the petals.  I have 32 stitches in each repeat.  I am using only 30 stitches for the pattern repeat.    Can you help me figure out what I am doing wrong.

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  10. Anne Says:

    Such a gorgeous pattern.  Thanks for sharing

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  11. shana Says:

    You could use 2 circs or use double pointed needles until your work is big enough that you can work continuously on one circular needle.

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  12. Crafting Incognito Says:

    Please – can I understand how to knit this on circuler needles WITHOUT the

    magic loop?  Cannot figure out the magic loop.

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  13. Crafting Incognito Says:

    I love the pattern, though I’m very confused by row 8. I’m not sure exactly what you mean by ssk. Your ledger says that I should slip 2 stitches and then knit 2 together but I don’t have enough stitches to do that.

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  14. shana Says:

    You're slipping and knitting together the same two stitches.

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  15. Sharona Says:

    This pattern looks great!  I was just wondering… I was trying to make a blanket a little bit bigger than the dimensions given.  Would it be easy enough to just repeat the pattern a few more times when I get to that point, or would there be more involved?

    Thanks!

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  16. shana Says:

    Nope, a couple extra repeats would do it!

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  17. shana Says:

    Where are you seeing that instruction in the pattern? Since it's in the round, knitting on all rows will create stockinette stitch.

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  18. Jayne Kamanjiri Says:

    The pattern is so beautiful I would like to have one as a throw on my long arm chair, but how do I purl in the second and all even rows.

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  19. Crafting Incognito Says:

    I’m a bit confused. I’m on the 1st row. I knitted the pattern 1 time , on both sides of the loop, for a total of 2 times. But because of the “yo”now I have 6 stitches on each side. If I do the pattern 2 more times, I will have 4 stitches left. Please help me if you can.thank you

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  20. shana Says:

    I'm not sure I'm understanding the problem correctly, so I'll just explain how the first row works. Let me know if it's not making sense.

    • After you cast-on, you'll have 8 stitches on your needle, 4 on each side of the loop.
    • You then work the pattern for the first row (k, 2yo, k) four times, twice on each side of the loop. Each repeat uses 2 of the cast-on stitches.
    • When you count the loops, you'll go from 8 total stitches at the start of the round to 16 when you're finished

    Hope that helps.

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  21. Fergie Says:

    I love this pattern and your wonderful witty remarks – I think we have all had yarn that we have to say, "What was I thinking when I bought this?" Thank you so much for sharing!

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  22. Jana Says:

    Love this pattern and can't wait to try it.  For everyone like me who finds it easier to follow a video, here is a link to a YouTube video demonstrating the disappearing loop cast-on method….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRqhHaRR00E

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  23. Marny Says:

    Just because you have problems with too much stash doesn't mean you have to take us all down!

    LOLOLOLOL

    Oh, I'm already DOWN!!

    This is lovely and definitely worth a try for me.  After learning entrelac this should be a piece of cake, right?  ;-)

    Thank you!!!

     

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  24. Leah Says:

    I loved this pattern the moment I saw it! I did not love the magic loop method so I used dpns until it got big enough for my normal rounds. It looks beautiful except that mine turned out to be more of a baby bucket than blanket – the inner pattern and first two rows of diamonds fall in instead of lying flat. I’ve blocked the ad;fljkhdfi out of it and it’s still caving in. My theory is that I started knitting tighter when I got off the dpns but I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem b/c I want to get nice yarn and make it work.
    Thanks!

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  25. mita Says:

    I love this pattern. I did ok on center flower. But for the petals, I do not understand the 1st row and every other row at the end there is yo, slip marker. what does it mean, when I start the first row should I start with yo? Also the counting does not match for the 3rd, 5th 7th, 9throw etc. There are always stiches more in every row? Would you please help me?
    Thanks

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  26. mita Says:

    Hi
    for the petals to start, the 1st row at the end it is yo,slip marker. does it mean for the 2nd row start with an extra stich?
    Is it ok to follow the pattern as it is, and it will look alright?

    Thanks!

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  27. Shana Says:

    Many people have knit the pattern correctly as is.

    You start each repeat with the ktbl which are the corner stitches. There is a yarn over on either side of that. That means every repeat starts with ktbl, yo and every repeat ends with a yo.

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  28. Vasanti Says:

    Recently I came across this pattern and loved the pattern, I tried the pattern but the cast on and the first few lines gave me a hard time, I must have lost my stitches a couple of times and sometimes I dropped the stitches. Long story short, utimately I completed the blanket the only problem I had after completing the blanket is that I could not spread it like a square blanket, it looked cone shaped eventhough the sides were broader, does anyone have any suggestion how to iron the blanket and really make it look square as it shows in the picture above.

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  29. Christine Says:

    Great pattern! I’m halfway done, and it looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. Leah Says:

    On my third try I figured out my problem, which was pretty much the same as Vasanti’s with the center turning into a cone. Maybe it says this somewhere and I didn’t see it, but for me it worked to cast on and work the first 10-ish rounds on US size 4 dpns and then switch straight to 8′s. I’m also using super cheap Walmart yarn. Might have had something to do with it.

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  31. Mystelle Says:

    I absolutely LOVE the pattern! I am currently knitting it for my third daughter who is set to arrive in a few weeks. I have one question regarding the outer edge part of the pattern. I have knit the 10 total rounds alternating between the increase and even rounds and am about to move to the seed stitch rounds. Do I knit the 5 rounds in seed stitch and then work the seed stitch increase and even rounds, or do I work the 5 rounds alternating between the seed stitch increase and even rounds. Thank you!

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  32. Shana Says:

    you alternate between a seed stitch even round and a seed stitch increase round. Congrats on the new little one!

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  33. Heather Says:

    I’m determined to make this blanket! I’m just starting out and am not understanding where to place the markers…when you say “repeats” do you mean k, 2yo, k PM?

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  34. Heather Says:

    I’m also having trouble understanding where exactly to place the markers. Any help would be greatly appreciated…I’ve never done magic loop before.

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  35. Shana Says:

    Yes, the written instructions written out are one repeat. You place the markers at the end and work it 3 more times per round

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  36. Heather Says:

    I’m almost done and it’s so beautiful! I just want to make sure I’m getting the outer edge right. The pattern says “Ktbl, yo, k”. Do I just ktbl the first stitch (creating the corner) and then continue just “yo, k” until the end, or do I keep repeating the “ktbl, yo, k” sequence until the end?

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  37. Katie Says:

    I started the petal rows but I do at least 2 repeats between my markers but there are a few extras before I begin the pattern that is a few stitches before the marker. Do I start a 3rd repeat and then pick up the before the marker pattern?

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  38. Shana Says:

    That doesn’t sound right. You must be picking up a couple extra stitches somewhere.

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  39. Sarah Says:

    Do you knit the entire blanket with the magic loop method (splitting of stitches on 2 cir. needles) or just the center flower and then would you switch to a normal knitting in the round on circular needles for the pedals? I’ve never knit this way but I am an experienced knitted so I don’t foresee having any problems with it…I hope!

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  40. Donna Helstrom Says:

    I knitted this blanket using 2 Circular needles and it went pretty smooth. I had the same problem having too many stitches but discovered that I was mistaking the K1TBL with K1F&B so I was increasing instead of just KTBL

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  41. Lori Orser Says:

    I can’t download the PDF program (I already have the newest version of Adobe) so I can’t get the PDF version. It’s 15 pages to print this! ARG! I’ve never done magic loop or disappearing loop, and since baby is due in 22 days, I don’t know if it will be done before his arrival, but I’ll give it a shot. If I use a different gauge, will the result be horrible? I have some pretty DK yarn, really soft organic merino, but it is DK. Bigger needle? Or just go for it?

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  42. Diane Says:

    A lovely pattern,thanks for taking the time to share,I’m knitting a white one for my daughter in laws friends baby ,as yet sex unknown .A very pleasing knit as i love watching the petals come to life.Am knitting another set of petals at the moment to make a slightly bigger blankie Thanks again!.

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  43. Brooke Says:

    Tried making this blanket… Failed horribly.

    Took like 10 tries just to get it started. Got to row 11 and then when I went to do row 12 I didn’t have enough stitches…. I don’t know what I’ve done wrong. I’m very upset and frustrated.

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  44. Shana Says:

    I’m sorry you found it frustrating.

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  45. Jennifer Says:

    I’m wondering about row 13. I just finished it (and 14) and was preparing to start the first round again, but it appears I’m one stitch off. Should there be a yo after the k10 to account for a two stitch increase like there are on the other odd rows (excepting row 5, which doesn’t increase)? Or have I gone wrong somewhere else?

    So sorry to trouble you about this. The pattern is really lovely.

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  46. Jennifer Says:

    ugh! Never mind! How did I miss that little ol’ yo at the end? Think away I must!

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  47. Lori Says:

    I LOVE THIS PATTERN. I’m making it for twins I’m expecting. I’m on the third to last round and have a question about the seed stitch sequence. If I follow the pattern literally, in this third round, I’ll be knitting knits and purling purls. This is after Ktbl, yo, *k, p,* repeat. That first stitch in the round below the yo is a knit. Should I do as the pattern says, or just knit the purls and purl the knits? Thank you!

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  48. Shana Says:

    you should be knitting the knits and purling purls, so you might double check your stitch count before continuing

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  49. Anna Says:

    Hi, Thanks a lot for a beautiful pattern. I am doing the edge. Your instruction sais “yo, k”. This will double the number of stitches. Then it sais do it 5 more times (ten in total with the knit round). The edge will look like a net, will it not? The picture of the blanket does not look like there are increases anywhere but the corners. Am I reading this wrong? Please advice. Thank you.

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  50. Shana Says:

    The instructions for the increase round of the border say “Ktbl, yo, k until marker, yo, slip marker.”, so you are only yo at the beginning and the end. Your instructions might have cut off before the “until marker” part.

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  51. Anna Says:

    Thank you very much. I read it incorrectly. I already finished the blanket and it looks great! Thank you again.

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  52. maxine wilson Says:

    Hi Beautiful pattern, can not wait to start it. just wanted to share this video I found for the disappearing loop cast on, for those of us that learn easier from watching instead of diagrams, found it helpful myself.

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  53. maxine wilson Says:

    oops forgot the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYHUiisaFBg

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  54. Shana Says:

    Thank you! I put the link in the notes so future knitters won’t have to dig through comments to find it.

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  55. Missy @ A Time to Knit Says:

    I just finished knitting up this blanket and love it! I wrote a review of the pattern on my blog:
    http://knittingpatternreview.blogspot.com/2013/10/im-so-pleased-to-have-finished-lotus.html
    Check it out!

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  56. BED Says:

    I don’t understand how you can spread the first eight stitches onto two needles if you are using the disappearing cast on?

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  57. Shana Says:

    I don’t think I understand the question. You shift the stitches from needles to needle, as you would with any cast-on.

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  58. BED Says:

    Sorry! I was just being kind of stupid. I figured it out. I do have another (kind of weird question). I just don’t understand how it becomes a flat, square blanket using magic loop. I mean, do you have to shape the corners? Or do something special at the end? Also for the petal pattern, I don’t quite understand. For each side, do you do all fourteen rows? Or is each row meant for one side (one set of stitches between each marker)? Thank you so much for your help! It’s a beautiful pattern!

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  59. Shana Says:

    Glad you figured it out! It can be tricky to get your head wrapped around construction that is different than what you’re used to.

    You’re other questions are actually related. The instructions above are worked 4 times per round (so once per side). So you work round 1 four times, then you should reach your marker indicating the beginning of the round. Then work round 2 four times, etc. There are yos at the beginning and end of each round which turns the circle into a square.

    Hope that helps!

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  60. Ezgi Says:

    Excellent instructions, thank you!

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  61. Makeda Says:

    I really like this idea. It’s like a stash buster. I’m going to make this baby blanket and then blog about it.

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  62. Courtney Says:

    Love the pattern but I’ve started it about six times each time making it to the 15th row. I’m perhaps not understanding the pattern but row 14 I end with 19 stitches and row 15 needs 20 stitches to complete the pattern. And row 17 needs 18 stitches. I’m working on dpn’s at this point. Please help I have a baby deadline. Thanks so much!

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  63. Shana Says:

    Would changing the k3tog to a k2tog fix it?

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  64. Marny CA Says:

    This is such a pretty pattern but so many more experienced knitters having trouble makes me only a tad scared to even try! LOL

    Entrelac was easy – once I learned it – but it took me 40 years to get up the nerve to try.

    For this blanket, I don’t have another 40 years. I’ll be 76 in August. LOL

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  65. lesta Says:

    You do not say where to place markers

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  66. Shana Says:

    “I recommend placing a marker to designate where the pattern ends.”

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  67. Shana Says:

    Don’t be scared – 125 people have successfully knit the project and posted their results on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lotus-baby-blanket/people?status=finished&group=&photoless=0&search=

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  68. Cathy Says:

    Sorry to ask. At the Petals section….how many markers do I have on my needle? Do I have one (beginning of row) or do I have 4 (each corner)?

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