I've completed these baby afghans (numbers 11, 12, 13--I like to keep track of these things) for a local charity in the last few weeks. I have more in the works, but they haven't been washed and blocked yet.
Now, this pattern is an old, old one, and you will see many variations of it. Once I figured out the right size needles for me, I just kept making the same thing over and over again, only with different colors. The pattern is relatively simple, as long as you keep a little row counter on a piece of yarn around your neck so that you will always know which of the four rows you are on.
Tip: Do not forget to take off your row counter when going out in public. Non-knitters just do not understand.
Old Shale Baby Afghan
Cast on a multiple of 18 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *[K2 tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2 tog] 3 times, rep from * to end.
Row 4: Knit
Repeat rows 1 to 4.
I used size 10 needles and cast on 126 sts. for a blanket approximately 36 inches wide—but that’s my knitting. Your gauge may be different. I try to make these little blankets about 36 inches square.
Yarns: Caron’s Simply Soft yarn (2 skeins) makes a very soft blanket; Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn (1 skein) makes a blanket that is both soft and fluffy. Both are machine washable.