The softness of Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarns just lends itself beautifully to cables and simple shapes that allow the hand-dyed colors to present themselves. This blanket features a glorious cable design that is challenging, but so well worth the effort! Wide garter stitch borders and stockinette stitch panels provide a nice contrast to the intricate cable work and give the blanket a finished look. Make the smaller baby blanket size or go for the larger throw size. Either one will be a treasured piece to showcase this fabulous yarn as well as your knitting talents (and patience)! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Fancy cables and working with circular needles (to hold lots of sts). GAUGE Approx 18 sts = 5" [12.5 cm] and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter st 28-st Cable panel = 7 1/4" [18.5 cm] wide Approx 16 sts = 5" [12.5 cm] and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Baby Blanket size: 30" [76 cm] wide by 30 3/4" [78 cm] long; Throw size: 48" [122 cm] wide x 57 1/4" [145.5 cm] long.