Blanket

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This cozy blanket is a wonderful thing to curl up in on a chilly Sunday morning. The lace and cable pattern is complicated enough to remain interesting over the many many repeats, but simple enough to memorize. It made for good conversation knitting – something I could work on while hanging out with family friends at my parents’ house over the holidays last year. It’s not good subway knitting, since it’s too large to carry around, so I worked on it simultaneously with other smaller projects. It took a while to knit, but near the end I could snuggle up under it while I knit, which was quite cozy.

I made this last winter, but by the time I finished writing up the pattern the weather was too warm to think about wool blankets, much less photograph one. But with autumn here I’ve been taking the blanket out again, and perhaps someone else will want the pattern.

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Size: 4′ x 6′
Gauge: 15 stitches in 4 inches
32 rows in 4 inches of garter stitch
18 rows in 4 inches of lace and cable pattern
Yardage: 1200-1400 yards
Yarn: worsted weight alpaca/wool chainette
Needles: US9 / 5.5mm

If you need to adjust to a different size or gauge, there are 36 stitches for the edge and first lace section and 18 stitches in the repeating lace and cable pattern. If “r” is the number of full repeats you want, cast on 18r+36 stitches.

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Cast on 180 stitches.

Work 24 rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches on both sides).

The body of the blanket has a 12 stitch garter stitch border on each side, and alternating lace and cable across the center, beginning and ending with the lace.

To set up, knit 12 stitches, place marker, work only the portion of row 1 in the blue box one time, work the full row 1 8 times, place marker, knit 12 stitches.

On the following row, knit 12 stitches, work row 2 of the chart 8 times, work only the portion of row 2 in the blue box one more time, knit 12 stitches.

Continue in this pattern, working 12 stitches of garter stitch on either edge, separated by eight full lace and cable repeats plus one lace only repeat. After you complete row 6 of the chart, go back to row 1.

When the blanket is three inches shorter than your desired length, work 24 rows in garter stitch. Bind off.

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35 Responses to Blanket

  1. Daiva says:

    Thank you for sharing :)
    The blanket is very beautiful, and the photos are great!

  2. Judy says:

    This blanket is absolutely stunning and looks so prefect for a cozy cover up and a good book in a big over-stuffed chair!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

  3. Martha says:

    Your hair looks amazing!

  4. Ann Bendoraitis says:

    Beautiful but I’m not good with charts would love to have made it couldn’t follow chart would have liked it in detail. Row 1). Row2) etc

  5. Knittyrider says:

    In row 5, is it supposed to say “work the portion of row 2 in blue again” and not row 1?

  6. Robbi says:

    This is gorgeous, I’m planning to cast on for a lap blanket version soon. But I’m wondering if the yardage is accurate? Judging by other similar patterns, there’s no way I’d expect to get 6′ of this pattern out of only 1400 yards of worsted.

    • Naomi says:

      It’s an accurate report of what I did, but may not be an accurate prediction of how things will go for you. I went up a couple of needle sizes past what was recommended for the yarn and my gauge was 15 stitches in 4 inches, which is more usual for bulky yarn than worsted. I like how this yarn looks knit a bit looser, and it gives the blanket a nice drape, but not all yarns look right like this. If your gauge is tighter, you will need more yarn to make a blanket of the same size.

  7. Sandy says:

    Is there any way to get the pattern written out? Like someone else commented, I too don’t know how to follow charts. I would love to do this blanket.

    • Tracey Sherman says:

      For anyone who asked for it written out… I’m pretty sure I figured it out!! I just finished the first 6 rows of pattern and it looks good so far!
      I cast on 144 cause I’m making a baby blanket. I’m using shine by knit picks and I’m using 5.0mm needles. I also like seed stitch better for the boarder so here are my notes.
      Regular brackets – () only do once
      Square brackets- [] repeat pattern as many times as you want . I did 6 for the 144 cast on stitches

      Seed St for 18 rows
      Row 1
      Seed st 12 sts (sm) lace section(k3, k2tog,YO,k2,YO,ssk,k3) repeating section I did 6 [ p2, CB, p2,k3, k2tog,YO,k2,YO,ssk,k3] (sm), seed st 12 sts .
      Row 2
      Seed st 12 sts (sm), [p12,k2,p2,k2], p12 (sm), seed st 12 sts.
      Row 3
      Seed St 12 sts (sm), ( k2,k2tog,YO,k4,YO,ssk,k2),[p2,CB,p2, k2,k2tog,YO,k4,YO,ssk,k2](sm), seed at 12 sts.
      Row 4
      Seed St 12 sts (sm), [p12,k2,p2,k2], p12,(sm), sees st 12 sts.
      Row 5
      Seed St 12 sts,(sm),(k1,k2tog,YO,k2,p2,l2,YO,ssk,k1), [p2,CB,p2,k1,k2tog,YO,k2,p2,l2,YO,ssk,k1], (sm), seed St 12 sts.
      Row 6
      Seed St 12 sts, (sm) [p5,k2,p5,k2,p2,k2],(p5,k2,p5), (sm), seed St 12 sts.

  8. Gaye says:

    In the 5th row what does l2 mean?

  9. Lauren says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful blanket pattern :) I am new to knitting and am trying to practice the lacework section of it but am having trouble keeping it to 12 stitches because of the decreases. Since I use two stitches on the decreases I end up needing 14 stitches to get through the row…what am I doing wrong? I hope what I’m saying makes some sense, and I would really appreciate any help you can offer :)

    • Naomi says:

      The decreases turn two stitches into one stitch, but there are an equal number of yarn overs, which create a new stitch. You don’t use any of the existing stitches for a yarn over (“o” in the chart, YO in Tracey’s written instructions above), you just loop the yarn around the needle. Then, on the next row, you knit into that loop, which is now a stitch.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you run into any other problems.

      • Lauren says:

        Oh okay, thank you! I was knitting an extra stitch with my yarn over. I appreciate your help :) I’m looking forward to attempting a full blanket for my mom’s Christmas gift! Thanks again for posting your pattern!

  10. Melanie says:

    Do you put a stitch marker at the beginning of each repetition?

    • Naomi says:

      I used the cables to tell me where I was, but if you usually use stitch markers I’d recommend putting one at the start of each repetition.

  11. Tatiana says:

    It’s so beautiful! You do gorgeous work. Did you make up that pattern stitch or can I find it somewhere?

  12. Lucia says:

    I love this blanket. But I’m not a chart reader. I would love to have this pattern written out. Thank you.

  13. Meghan says:

    I’m following the pattern Tracey wrote out, but I doubled the amount of stitches. I understand how doubling affects the border and repeating sections, but I’m stuck on what do do for the sections you only knit through once. How do I make it work? Please help!

    • Naomi says:

      You can think of those sections as part of the border – to make the blanket symmetric, you knit an extra lace section after the last cable. So to increase the size, just increase the number of repeats of the full chart and leave the border / knit through once sections as written.

  14. Joy says:

    Simply exquisite. Thank you for this delightful pattern. I’m making this for my daughter’s sweet sixteen. However, I’m not clear on the written instructions by Tracey. I know there are several little notes here and there throughout the comments, but I can’t keep it all straight. Would you consider writing it out with your 180 stitches for a full size blanket so everything is correct in one place?

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