They say more babies are being born during full moon. And that´s why I planned for baby Liv to be born on Dec 21th. She was due on X-mas eve, but seems to be able to take orders from her Mum already, as she came exactly as planned on the 21th;)
Here is the pattern for the Full moon blanket and hat I´ve made for her. It´s using the Icelandic Sunrise technique (video tutorial can be found on this link) we´ve developed earlier, and is fun to knit. We´ve knitted the blanket from corner to corner in diagonal stripes.
2 balls of 3 different colours (300 g) Pickles Extra Fine Merino
1 ball of a 4th colour (50 g) Pickles Extra Fine Merino
We´ve used cold beige, dusty peach, cranberry and dark thistle.
Long circular needles 7 mm (nearest US size 10 1/2)
DP needles US 4
Cast on 8 stitches on 7 mm/US 10 1/2 needles. Use the colour you´ve only got 50 g of.
*K 1, YO *.
Repeat from * to * throughout the row.
Don´t YO before the first stitch, just start knitting like it says in the pattern.
Row 2: (See video instruction for the pattern here)
Slip the first 4 stitches, and release the YO in between from the previous row (You slip as if you were to purl). You now have 4 large loops/stitches on your right needles. Put the 4 stitches on to your left needle.
Leave the loops on the left needle while knitting them together like so: K1, P 1, K 1, P 1, K1, P1 through the same 4 stitches. Between every stitch you should pull the yarn out properly, making sure that you get 6 even stitches on your right needle.
Tip: When purling, we recommend using the technique Norwegian Purl, meaning that you´ll hold your yarn in the same spot as when you´re knitting. Also when you purl, make sure the yarn is in front of your needle.
It´s just at the start and the end of the row that you´ll make 6 stitches through the 4 loops. For the rest of the row (except the first row where there only are 2x4 stitches), you´ll work in the same way, but you´ll only end up with 4 stitches like so:
Slip 4 stiches, release the YOs, place the 4 loops on to the left needles, K1, P1, K1, P1 through the 4 stitches, before lifting the four new stitches off the left needle.
Repeat row 1 and 2 until you´ve almost knitted up the first ball. Change colours and continue knitting in the same way for another two balls (of the 2nd colour).
Change to a new colour. You´ll now start decreasing. This is made by making these adjustments:
On row 1 you´ll start and end the row by K2tog twice= 4 stitches decreased on each row.
On row 2, you´ll knit four stitches on the start end end of the row instead of six.
When reaching the end of the second ball of the third colour, you´ll change colour and knit until 8 stitches remain. Cast these off.
Handwash briefly. Do not leave the blanket soaked, as the colours may mix. The blanket stretches out after the handwash, and our is about 40" each way.
With the remaining yarn from the last colour use, you can make this simple Ful moon hat:
Cast on 60 stitches on DP needles US 4.
Knit in the round for about 4.7".
*K 8, K2tog*.
Repeat from * to * throughout the round.
Repeat this round, but subtract one from the first number on each round. Meaning that you´ll only K 7 before knitting 2 together on the next round and so on.
When 12 stitches remain, K2tog throughout one round. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remainig stitches. Pull and mend the ends.