Clairvaux Baby Blanket knitting pattern
This baby blanket is knit all in one piece but gives the effect of being worked in four blocks, like a quilt. The seed stitch borders and a lifted twist pattern in each square make it seems like an extremely complex design, but it is not too challenging to navigate for intermediate or experienced knitters; the adventurous beginner also shouldn’t hesitate to try it.
Sweater by Spud & Chloë (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton, 160 yds/146 m per 100 g skein); 5 skeins; sample uses colorway Splash #7510
or 800 yds (732 m) of another worsted weight yarn (such as Round Table Yarns Lancelot)
US 8 (5.0 mm) 40" (100 cm) or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
4 stitch markers
23 sts and 27 rows over 4" (10 cm) in seed stitch, blocked
30" (76 cm) wide x 30" (76 cm) tall
The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").
Electronic PDF Version Included
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The Story Behind the Pattern Name
In the twelfth century, Bernard of Clairvaux was a Cistercian monk. He was sent to found a monastery which he named Claire Vallée (which became Clairvaux). Bernard was an important figure for the Cistercians as well as for Christianity in general. He was a judge between the rival popes in a great schism of the Church. He supported Innocent II and met with important figures of the times such as Henry I of England to secure their support for this pope. Most of Italy supported the rival pope, and Bernard worked tirelessly to get them to change their support to Innocent and was able to convince several key figures to do so.
Bernard’s theology rested heavily on stressing the importance of the Virgin Mary, with her serving as intercessor. He was instrumental in the founding of numerous other monasteries and wrote several theological works as well as many letters, for which he is known as an eloquent writer. He even found a place in literature when Dante used Bernard as the final guide in the Paradiso (the last part of the Divine Comedy).
I designed this baby blanket for a good friend’s baby and couldn’t resist using the Clairvaux name for the pattern after finding out what they named the baby.
Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.