Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan Pattern

My friends, Mandy and John, are expecting their first child– a baby girl to be named Madalyn Rae who was scheduled to arrive on Feb. 17, 2012.  Her appearance, while still forthcoming, gives me the perfect opportunity to knit this five-color baby afghan for her.  Its vintage chevron design is all the rave and pleasing enough for new parents and new parents-to-be with discriminating taste.  Notes for a baby boy’s afghan are included.


Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan* (Click on link for PDF Copy of patte

*Sorry, pattern is no longer available at this site.  You may purchase this pattern at for $1.99 USD.

DIFFICULTY  Beginner to Advanced

YARN  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Forest (A): 298 yds, Butterscotch (B): 54 yds, Lavender (C): 221 yds, Pumpkin (D): 114 yds, Soft Rose (E): 298 yds, or any worsted weight yarn.

GAUGE  18.5 sts and 17 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on US 10.

NEEDLES  US 10 (6mm)- 29-inch (74cm) or longer  Circular Needle; Or any size to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS  Row counter (optional),  tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE  Approximately 33” x 45” (84 cm x 114 cm).

For a baby boy’s afghan, replace colors C with Chocolate and E with Aqua.  Blanket may be shortened or lengthened by changing the sequence repeats.


blco or Backward Loop Cast On


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  1. #1 by Jeannie on April 15, 2013 - 3:17 am

    thank you for this beautiful pattern.
    I want to practice a smaller one before diving into the afghan, so:

    cast on 93???

    k1 sl1 k1 = 3

    2 repeats k13 k1 k13 sl2 k1 = 30×2 = 60

    k13 k1 k13 k2tog k1 = 30


    of course I did not add the caston stitches or psso in the pattern.
    Can you doublecheck, I am just learning to count stitches in knitting.
    Thank you .

    • #2 by Mylynedj on April 22, 2013 - 5:12 am

      Hi, Jeannie– that sounds about right.

  2. #3 by marcia on July 10, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I always have a hard time weaving the loose ends when I’m finished. Any suggestions?

    • #4 by Mylynedj on July 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

      There are many methods to weave loose ends. You can find them at the Purl Bee and Knitty websites. The one I use frequently is the reverse duplicate or the reverse stockinette stitch. When you choose a method you enjoy doing, weaving loose ends is faster and won’t seem like such a chore.

  3. #5 by Debra on July 11, 2014 - 10:12 am

    So excited to see this pattern! my daughter expecting first grandchild and her colors are gray, light gray and dark blue and as you know chevron is very in right now! So, just checking when you change color do you cut yarn and start new and go back a weave all the ends in later? or did you carry the yarn over in some way? Thank you again for this beautiful pattern

    • #6 by Mylynedj on July 11, 2014 - 10:29 am

      Thank you, Debra! 🙂 I have worked on this pattern on countless occasions and have always cut the yarn before starting to work on another color. There are a lot of ends to weave in, but if you find a favorite method of doing so, the process doesn’t seem to take forever.

  4. #7 by Karin on July 11, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    This is such a beautiful blanket and I’m about to start the boy version 🙂 Are you able to share a picture of the reverse or “wrong” side? I just wonder how different it looks. Thank you for getting me out of my single color baby blanket rut 🙂

    • #8 by Mylynedj on July 11, 2014 - 2:40 pm

      You are most welcome, Karin! 🙂 I don’t have any photos to show you as all the blankets I’ve made in this pattern have been given as baby presents. However, I can tell you that since all right and wrong side rows are worked in knit stitch, both sides look identical except for an alternating new then old row before the new color rows at the wrong side of the blanket. I hope this description helps.

      • #9 by Karin on July 13, 2014 - 10:27 am

        Thank you so much! Also, can you help me figure out the pattern repeat? My yarn is a bit bigger and I think casting on 153 stitches will make it too wide. Thank you again,

      • #10 by Mylynedj on July 13, 2014 - 10:58 am

        Hi, Karin! Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, the gauge specified is for the yarn mentioned or others with similar thread thickness. Using a different thickness yarn would call for a totally different pattern. You may want to decrease the number of repeats and rows according to the number of stitches and rows per 4 inches of the yarn you are using. Hope this helps.

      • #11 by Karin on July 14, 2014 - 8:10 am

        I think I figured it out, the repeat is 30 stitches, +3. Right? So I cast on 123 instead of 153. I started the blanket last night and already the pattern is taking shape and gorgeous. Thank you again for the inspiration!

      • #12 by Mylynedj on July 14, 2014 - 9:21 am

        You are right about the pattern repeat which is multiples of 30 + 3 sts. Glad I’m able to help. 🙂

  5. #13 by Rita Bhatia on July 12, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    Good Evening,

    I am a bit confused by Jeannie’s Calculations of 93 stitches? Can you please explain it to me?

    I would like to Knit this using POUND OF LOVE YARN. I don’t know the stitches or needles to use.

    Thank you in advance.

    • #14 by Mylynedj on July 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

      Hi, Rita! I’m not sure I understand your first question. To answer the second one– the pattern calls for a yarn with a gauge similar to that called for in the pattern. The Pound of Love yarn is a thinner thread than the gauge requirement. To use this thin yarn would alter the stitch and row counts– it would be a totally different pattern.

  6. #15 by chris on October 30, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    Sorry but what exactly is an Afghan ? Is it a blanket or sort of cape?

  7. #17 by Mylynedj on March 3, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Personal preference.

  8. #18 by Joan Stamp on August 14, 2016 - 10:47 am

    This has become my new favorite pattern for baby! I’ve made two of them. One as shown for a baby girl and another in the suggested colors for a baby boy. Everyone loved it! It’s easy to work up and most people think it’s crochet but it’s knitted! I just love this pattern! Thank you!

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