By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Need a cute baby gift but not sure what to make? This DMC yarn kit comes with yarn for a cute bubble stitch baby blanket and a cuddle monkey. The yarn is soft and washable which will make the new parents happy. And the pattern is an easy way to level up your knitting skills. You only need to learn one new knit stitch to make this eye catching pattern.
I used the Hug This Monkey kit which comes with a monkey and utilizes a bubble stitch. Different Hug This kits come with different animals and feature different stitch patterns. I’ve been knitting for almost twenty years and this kit taught me a new stitch! The bubble stitch takes a little patience to learn but once you figure it out it’s easy to memorize and gives you a finished piece with so much texture.
You can cast on with circular needles but I prefer using straight ones to ensure proper stitch count.
After working the border in garter stitch I switched over to circular needles. Though you’re not knitting in a loop, circulars enable the long cable to take the weight of the blanket off the needles. Attaching a row counter helps you keep track of where you are in the pattern.
To make the bubble stitch you’ll need to get comfortable with dropping stitches. At first it feels a little counter intuitive. Won’t the stitch keep dropping and ruin the pattern? Nope! The yarn is acrylic so it’s easy enough to pull out a stitch but it’s not slippery enough to run down on its own.
After several rows of stockinette you’ll come to a bubble row. Slip the designated stitch off the left needle and then use the tip of the right needle to pull out rows.
This is what it looks like after dropping the stitch down three rows.
You’ll drop a total of six rows. Put the original stitch back on the left needle. Knit it like a normal stitch while your needle goes through all the dropped rows as well. The pattern says to keep the dropped rows on the right needle. I prefer lining them up on the left needle. This lets me do a quick recount to make sure I dropped the correct number.
It looks a little messy when you first make a bubble stitch.
But after a few times your bubble stitches will become easier and look more natural.
Once the dropped stitch has been knit and passed over to the right needle you can see how the dropped stitches (or ladders as the pattern calls them) are bunched up behind it.
After this, you make three regular knit stitches. These stitches are what “bubble” up between the dropped stitches.
I used stitch markers to mark the side borders to remind myself to make them out of garter stitch.
You could use markers after each bubble stitch pattern but since each bubble only consists of four stitches I didn’t bother.
The blanket uses 16 rows to make the full bubble pattern. By staggering when you drop your stitch, the bubbles become nestled between each other. This creates a delightful textured feel.
When the ball of yarn started getting small I finished up a set of 16 rows to finish out the bubble stitch pattern and switched to making garter stitch for the border.
Good thing I did too as I only had a tiny bit left after binding off!
The pattern says the finished size will measure 25” x 27”. Mine is more rectangular and measures 23” x 31”.
When rolled up it fits perfectly into the monkey’s arms. This kit makes a great baby gift.