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The Surprise Plan…

Big Bad Baby Blanket with ombre influence.

Step 1: Hear the delightful news that friends are expecting!

Step 2: Plot, plan, and scheme… but don’t let anyone in on the secret.

Step 3: Knit, knit, knit…

Step 4: Admire the ombre effect in the finished Big Bad Baby Blanket.

Step 5: Pop that Big Bad in the mail.

Step 6: Sit back, and wait for the call bearing squeals of excitement.

Step 7: When little man arrives, beam every.single.time you see him wrapped up in the blanket you knit.

Step 8: Success!

The Details

Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket
Designer: Lisa Shobhana Mason
Size: 28″ x 28″
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) needles
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine, shown in Calypso #7806 (A), Anemone #7805 (B), Snorkel #7809 (C), and Hippo #7823 (D)
This pattern is in Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook
Special Note: The ombre effect is very simple to work. The Big Bad Baby Blanket is worked with two strands of Spud & Chloë Fine held together throughout. For the first section hold color A with Color A. Section 2 is color A held with B, section 3 is color B held with color B. Section 4 is color B with color C, and section 5 is color C held with color C. Section 6 is color C held with color D, and lastly you work section 7, color D held with color D. This is an interesting technique that can be used with as few or as many colors as you would like for the ombre look.

7 Responses to “The Surprise Plan…”

  1. January 11, 2013 at 11:51 am susan says:

    if we buy the yarn, can we also get the pattern without buying the book?

    • January 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm Katie says:

      Hi Susan! I’m sorry, but it is not possible for us to give out the pattern because it is not ours to give away, as it is from a book by Debbie Stoller. It is less than $12 on Amazon, and you get 40 patterns. It’s a book I use a ton, and is a go-to reference for many knitters. Well worth the investment IMHO!

  2. January 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm Muriel says:

    Oh, so pretty!

    I have worked rainbow effects for baby blankets using a similar blending technique, but the ombre blues are just gorgeous. :-)

    • January 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm Katie says:

      Thanks much Muriel!

      Fine is my favorite! So I cannot help but think of pinks (Tutu, Sassafras, Lipstick, and Red Hot), oranges (Orangutan, Clementine, Goldfish, Bumblr Bee), and greens (Green Bean, Cricket, Lizard, Glow Worm). They always turn out just right.

      • January 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm Muriel says:

        I actually spent some time contemplating ombre palettes for scarves over the weekend, inspired by your blanket :-)

        Some of my guy friends are looking for more “manly” scarves, and there are some nice greyish/brownish ombre options:
        (Fine) Hippo & Sidewalk
        (Fine) Dachsund, Shitake, Popcorn
        (Sweater) Beluga, manatee, Ignoo
        (Sweater) Chipmunk, Toast, Ice Cream

        The greens in Fine look so wonderful too, just as you’d suggested – Green Bean, Cricket, Lizard, Glow Worm – but I think that one might be an ombre scarf colorway for *me*. :-)

        • January 15, 2013 at 10:50 am Katie says:

          Oh my goodness, I cannot believe I didn’t think of making a scarf for myself! Seriously, every one of these blankets I part with has me contemplating…What could I do with a blanket that size? But a scarf… duh! Or a cowl? Or a hat…

          • January 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm Muriel says:

            Wouldn’t a coordinated ombre scarf/hat set be keen? One skein of each color should be more than sufficient. Possibly enough for some mitts as well…

            A slightly larger ombre blanket, more “lap-ghan” size, in the recipient’s favorite color could be a gorgeous gift on just about any occasion.