I was not overly enthused about this stitch before I began, but the more I used it the more I liked it. This baby blanket is my favorite so far! Yes, I know this is only stitch one, but I've made many baby blankets before, and this tops them all.
The color pattern I used is 1 row of maroon, 2 rows of white, then (2 rows of maroon, 2 rows of white) repeated, ending with a single row of maroon. This generated a checkered look.
The two sides are similar but slightly different, and it is a matter of opinion which is prettier. There is a slightly puffy side, and a flatter side. I personally prefer the flat side, but everyone else I've shown it to preferred the puffy side. What can I say? I'm an engineer; I never claimed to be normal. Anyway, the puffy side is shown first, then the flat side.
So, here are the details of how to make this:
Round 1: sc around, 3 sc in each corner
Round 2: dc around, 5 dc in each corner
Round 3: sc around, 3 sc in each corner
Round 4: (sc, ch 3, sk 1) around, (sc, ch 3, sc in same stitch) at corner
I used Bernat satin yarn in Bordeaux and Snow with a J hook to make this blanket.
This stitch worked great for a baby blanket. It would also make a gorgeous scarf.