Pattern: Around the Block Baby Blanket

This blanket’s unique construction is achieved by using short rows, with the ‘holes’ that this creates incorporated into the design. This allows you to make a sizable blanket completely in one piece, without the need for a super-long circular needle. All you need to do at the end is a row of grafting (instructions included in pattern)!


  • 50” to 55” square, depending on the severity of blocking
Note that the blanket is not a perfect square – it will end up being a bit narrower in the middle and wider at the edges.

Skills required

  • Knitting, purling
  • Yarn overs
  • Decreasing
  • Chart reading
  • Cables
  • Grafting, aka Kitchener Stitch (instructions in pattern)

Materials needed

  • Yarn: 
    • Approximately 1900 yards of sportweight - model used almost 14 complete balls of Patons "Astra", 100% acrylic, 133yds/50g, colour 330
    • About 2 yards of scrap yarn in contrast colour for provisional cast-on
  • Needles: 4mm circular, 20" or longer; or 14" straights
  • Spare needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Point protectors recommended


  • 24 stitches and 32 rows to 4 inches/10 centimetres (i.e. standard gauge with sportweight yarn)

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