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The knit alternative is what I used for this afghan. It's so easy and you hardly even have to think about it once you get going. Here's the pattern:
Cast on 3 stitches.
*Knit 1, yarn over, knit to end of row.* (This is the increase row. Note that you only increase at the beginning of each row, not on both ends.)
Repeat from * to * until you have used up almost half of the available yarn.
Knit one row even (no increase).
*Knit two together, yarn over, knit two together, knit to end of row.* (This is the decrease row with the decrease only at the beginning of each row, not at both ends.)
Repeat from * to * until only three stitches remain on your needle. Bind off.
Because I had four skeins of yarn available, I worked the increase rows until I had just a few yards left on my second skein. Then I worked the even row and started decreasing. When I bound off those last three stitches, I had just a small handful of yarn leftover. I think it's always safe to err on the the side of having a bit leftover than to get to the end of the last skein and still have one or two little rows to finish!
So that's my latest baby blanket, all finished and ready to be mailed out soon to my niece Lucy in Wisconsin for her first baby. I'll also be mailing this crocheted candy stripes blanket to her sister Mary in Texas for her first baby. There are a few other babies due this year in our family, but they are not firsts so I'm off the hook for them!
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