Easter for us is about so much more than celebrating the Easter holiday. It’s about the arrival of spring, indulging ourselves in all the pastel we can handle, getting together with family, and okay, maybe a few Cadbury Eggs. It’s also a great holiday for crafting because there’s so much fun to be had, from dyeing eggs, to setting a lovely brunch table, to making little gifts for little baskets!
After this long East Coast winter, we’re antsy for spring to arrive and with it fresh grass, outdoor strolls, and picnics! This year for Easter, as we wait for the spring to officially arrive here in New York, we’re hunkering down with some good tunes and a good cup of tea to knit up this adorable bunny blanket as an Easter basket gift for one of the little ones in our lives. This would make the perfect addition to a crib or on a grassy hill for an Easter Sunday picnic (weather permitting)!
HIP HOP BLANKET:
Finished width: approx 29″
Finished length: approx 29″
Karabella Aurora 8 (100% extrafi ne merino wool; 50g/98 yd)
A: 10 balls #18
B: 2 balls #1364
S. Charles Collezione Micio (60% nylon, 40% wool; 50g/110 yd)
C: 1 ball #01 White
US 101/² (6mm) 24″ circular needle
14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in St st using 2 strands held tog
Note: Entire blanket is worked with 2 strands held together. Bunnies may be knit using the intarsia method, or background yarn may be stranded behind bunny motif catching every other stitch for added strength and to avoid creating loops.
With A, CO 100 sts.
Work 9 rows in garter st
(k every row).
ROW 1 (WS): K7, p86, k7.
ROW 2: Knit.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until piece meas 3″ from beg, end with a WS row.
NEXT ROW (RS): K9, pm, work Chart 1 over next 64 sts, pm, k to end.
Cont in patt as est, working rem 54 rows of chart between markers. Remove markers when chart is complete.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until piece meas 19″ from beg, end with a WS row.
NEXT ROW (RS): K32, pm, work chart over next 61 sts, pm, k to end.
Cont in patt as est, working rem 34 rows of Chart 2 between markers. Remove markers when chart is complete.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until piece meas 26½” from beg, end with a RS row.
Work 9 rows in garter st.
This project is from Stitch ‘n Bitch: Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller
Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting is the only knitter’s handbook to teach the full array of advanced knitting techniques and skills, such as double-knitting, knitting lace, complicated color work, beading, and more. Writing with the clarity that makes her such an effective teacher, and the attitude that got her dubbed “knitting superstar” (San Francisco Chronicle), Stoller explains how to “knit by the numbers;” get creative with stripes; embellish with crochet, beading, and I-cords; how to make cable patterns; and how to use color forms. There’s also a whole section on DIY—which gives a tutorial on creating your own knitting patterns.