Mosaic Bordered Baby Blanket

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn; 4 skeins (14 oz) speckled or variegated yarn in baby colors (MC); 2 skeins (7 oz) compatible plain color (color A)

Needles:

No. 10 straight and circular needles
Gauge:, Not critical.
mine generally work out at 4 st = 1 inch, 5 rows = 1 inch in stockinette st.

Center Piece

With No. 10 straight needles (or use circular needle and work back and forth in rows), cast on 80 sts in variegated (MC) yarn; work in stockinette stitch (k one row, p 1 row) for 150 rows.

Borders

With No. 10 circular needle, knit side facing and using MC; knit the 80 sts on the needle; place a marker on needle; pick up 104 sts evenly spaced along one side of center piece; marker; pick up 80 sts from cast-on sts; marker; pick up 104 sts along other side of center piece; place a marker on needle to indicate end of a round. Join and work in bands, beginning with a garter stitch band.

Garter Stitch Band

Round 1: purl
Round 2: *at corner, increase 1 st (my method: make a backwards loop on right-hand needle point; abbreviated m 1); slip marker, k 1, m 1, k to next corner; repeat from * three times to complete round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for 1 inch, ending with round 2. Now work stockinette stitch band.

Stockinette Stitch Band

Round 1: knit
Round 2: at corner, increase 1 st by placing a backwards loop on right-hand needle point (M 1); slip marker, k 1, M 1, k to next corner; repeat from * three times to complete round.

Repeat these two rounds until 2 1/2 inches of stockinette stitch have been worked.

Repeat garter stitch band for 1 inch, then stockinette stitch band for 1 inch. Attach color A and work mosaic stitch band, which also is a color change band, since it ends in color A, with which blanket is completed.

Mosaic Stitch Band

Round 1: with MC, purl
Round 2: with color A, starting at first corner marker: inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; mark next stitch for beginning of pattern repeat; *sl 1, k 13, repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with at least 1 k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st;

repeat from ** two more times.

Rounds 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13: purl the knit sts and sl the slip stitches as they face you. Be sure to slip sts with yarn on wrong side. Use the same color as on the preceding row.
Round 4: with color MC , inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to stitch marked for beginning of pattern repeat; *k 1, sl 1, k 5, sl 1, k 5, sl 1;

repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st;

repeat from ** two more times.

Round 6: with color A, inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to stitch marked for beginning of pattern repeat; *(sl 1, k 1, sl 1, k 3) two times, sl 1, k 1; repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st;

repeat from ** two more times.

Round 8: with color MC, inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to stitch marked for beginning of pattern repeat; *k 1, sl 1, k 3, (sl 1, k 1) two times, sl 1, k 3, sl 1; repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st;

repeat from ** two more times.
Round 10: with color A, inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to stitch marked for beginning of pattern

repeat; *sl 1, k 5, sl 1, k 1, sl 1, k 5;repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st;

repeat from ** two more times.

Round 12: with color MC, inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to stitch marked for beginning of pattern repeat; *k 7, sl 1, k 6; repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st**; inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k 1; work pattern in reverse from ** to beginning of next pattern repeat, then repeat from * to next corner marker, being sure to end with a k st; repeat from ** two more times.
Round 14: with color A, *inc 1, slip marker, k 1, inc 1, k to next corner marker;

repeat from * to end of round

Round 15: purl

This completes mosaic band. Continue in color A. Work a band of 1 1/2 inches in stockinette stitch and a band of two or more ridges in garter stitch. Bind off loosely and block.