This July my sister, Jen, is having a baby girl! It goes without saying that I will be making this baby girl lots of handmade gifts, this Log Cabin Baby Blanket in Anzula's Squishy is the first.  I don't know what element of making this blanket was my favorite part; was it working with the gorgeous, super soft (and washable!) yarn, or was it watching the lovely hand-dyed colors come together, or perhaps it was the super easy construction of the whimsical log cabin shapes?  In any case, I enjoyed making this blanket immensely, and I hope my brand new niece enjoys it just as much! 

If you'd like to make your own Anzula Squishy Log Cabin Baby Blanket here are details:

Finished Measurements

  • Approximately 32-inches wide x 38-inches long

Gauge

  • 26 stitches and 26 ridges = 4-inches in Garter Stitch

Materials

  • Anzula Squishy, (80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 385 yards) 5 or 6 skeins, one each in a range of light to dark colors. I used: Candied Apple, Terra Cotta, Ducky, Maple, Bubblegum and Raspberry (I have enough of the Ducky and Bubblegum left to make a newborn baby sweater, hopefully coming soon to The Purl Bee, plus little bits of the other colors that will be enough for a few stripes or something, so 5 skeins is plenty unless you want more color).
  • US size 3, 32-inch Circular Needle

The Pattern

For me, the beauty of this pattern is that no pattern is needed!  You just cast on however many stitches you want and knit until you're tired of working with that color, then change to the next! For a photo tutorial on how to do the Log Cabin technique please refer to Whitney's Log Cabin Washcloths which you can find at this link.

But just in case you want to make yours exactly like the one pictured above, here is what I did:

In Candied Apple, cast on 52 stitches.  Knit on both sides until work is 5-inches long.  Cast off all but the last stitch. Cut yarn.  Turn work clockwise 90 degrees and switch remaining stitch to the left needle.

With Raspberry knit through the remaining stitch, pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge.  Knit on both sides until work is 3-inches long. Cast off all but the last stitch. Cut yarn.  Turn work clockwise 90 degrees and switch remaining stitch to the left needle.

With Terra Cotta knit through remaining stitch, pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge and then each stitch until you get to the corner.  Knit on both sides until work is 2.25-inches long. Cast off all but the last stitch. Cut yarn.  Turn work clockwise 90 degrees and switch remaining stitch to the left needle.

*With next color (see below) knit through remaining stitch, pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge, then each stitch, and then each ridge until you get to the corner.  Knit on both sides until work is the length specified below.  Cast off all but the last stitch. Cut yarn.  Turn work clockwise 90 degrees and switch remaining stitch to the left needle.

  • Maple: 2.5-inches; Repeat from *.
  • Ducky: 2.5-inches; Repeat from *.
  • Terra Cotta: 2.25-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Raspberry: 4-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Ducky: 3.25-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Raspberry: 1.25-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Candied Apple: 3-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Bubblegum: 2.75-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Terra Cotta: 4-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Maple: 3-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Bubblegum: 2.5-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Ducky 3-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Raspberry: 4-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Candied Apple: 3.75-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Maple: 4-inches. Repeat from *.
  • Terra Cotta: 1.75-inches.  On this last color bind off all stitches.

Sew in ends and enjoy! --Joelle