Bairn
Bairn
Bairn
Bairn
Bairn
Bairn

Bairn

Cabled Nap Blanket & Throw

by Julie Hoover

Cast on a beautiful cabled heirloom. Bairn is given in two versions: a large nap blanket knit in Shelter that will serve a child as he grows or make a handsome throw in the living room, and a smaller baby blanket worked in Loft to tuck into a pram or use as a stylish nursing cover. The twining serpentines of the central motif and the echoing cables are easy to track and memorize once they’re established, making this a soothing, contemplative knit. Lightweight and warm in either size, Bairn will remain a family favorite after the little ones are grown.

MATERIALS

Version I:
1635 yards of worsted weight wool yarn
12 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Soot

Version II:
1485 yards of fingering weight wool yarn
6 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Long Johns

GAUGE

Version I:
16 stitches & 29 rows = 4" in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
22 stitches & 29 rows = 4" in pattern from Chart A or C with Size A needle, after blocking
One 14-stitch cable from Chart B measures 2½" wide with Size A needle, after blocking

Version II:
20 stitches & 36 rows = 4" in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
26 stitches & 36 rows = 4" in pattern from Chart A or C with Size A needle, after blocking
One 14-stitch cable from Chart B measures 2" wide with Size A needle, after blocking

NEEDLES

Size A – Version I (for Main Fabric):
One 32" circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B – Version I (for Ribbing):
One 32" circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size A – Version II (for Main Fabric):
One 32" circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B – Version II (for Ribbing):
One 32" circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

FINISHED DIMENSIONS

Version I:
35¼" wide; 51¾" long
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Version II:
29" wide; 41¾" long
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

SKILL LEVEL

3 of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.


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