When Whitney first spotted Cascade's Eco Cloud, the array of un-dyed colors instantly reminded her of Joelle's Ombre Blanket from Last Minute Knitted Gifts which beautifully highlights the variety of hues that exist in nature. Inspired by the Joelle's blanket and this new sumptuous yarn, the idea for another blanket was quick to come.

There are few patterns that can be applied to the craft of knitting and quilting as elegantly as the Log Cabin. It is classic yet modern and endlessly adaptable, and because of this it is a favorite here at Purl Soho. We think it's the perfect form to showcase Eco Cloud's richness.

In order to maximize the ombre effect of Eco Cloud's subtle shades, I shook things up a bit and decided on a Half Log Cabin. I started with the lightest color and worked through nine skeins in nine colors, watching the transition from Cream to Ecru to Fawn, all the way to Dove Grey. Seeing the colors interact was endlessly entertaining. I could have kept working on this blanket, continuing the gradation from light to dark and back again. It is such a flexible pattern in that way, yet another attribute of the Log Cabin. -Laura

Materials

  • 9 skeins of Cascade's Eco Cloud, (70% Un-dyed Merino, 30% Un-dyed Alpaca). One of each of the following colors,  used listed order: Cream, Ecru, Fawn, Bunny, Doe*, Otter, Wild Dove, Charcoal, Dove Grey
  • US size #9, 32-inch circular needle. (We all agreed this blanket was knit quite densely, so feel free to jump up to a US size 10. The finished size will jump up a bit too!)

*Cascade has discontinued the color Doe. We recommend the color Silver Mink as substitution.

Gauge

18 stitches and 18 ridges = 4 inches in Garter Stitch

Size

Approximately 30 inches wide x 48 inches long

Pattern

The simplicity of a Half Log Cabin pattern makes knitting this blanket incredibly enjoyable. For a photo tutorial on how to do the Log Cabin technique take a look at Whitney's Log Cabin Washcloths. Just remember, this blanket pattern is a Half Log Cabin, so where in a Full Log Cabin you always rotate your work, in a Half Log Cabin, at points you will be flipping your work.

To begin, simply cast on however many stitches you want (I started with 60 stitches). Knit every row until you are nearly finished with your first skein, finishing with a wrong side row. Make sure to leave enough yarn for binding off, about four times the width of your knitted piece. On the right side, cast off all but the very last stitch. Cut your yarn.

Rotate your work clockwise, 90 degrees. Move the remaining stitch from your right needle to your left. Knit the remaining stitch with your new color. Continue to pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge of garter. Once again, knit every row until your skein has nearly run out, finish with a right side row, leave enough yarn for casting off. On the wrong side, cast off all but the last stitch. Cut yarn.

This time, instead of rotating your work, you will flip your work. Move the remaining stitch from your right needle to your left. Knit the remaining stitch with your third color. Pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge and then each stitch until you get to the corner. Knit every row until you are nearly out of yarn, finishing with a wrong side row. On the right side, cast off all but the last stitch. Cut your yarn.

Rotate your work clockwise, 90 degrees. Knit the remaining stitch with your fourth color. Pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge and then each stitch until you get to the corner. Knit every row until you are nearly out of yarn, finsihing with a right side row. On the wrong side, cast off all but the last stitch. Cut your yarn.

Flip your work. Move the remaining stitch from your right needle to your left. Knit the remaining stitch with your fifth color. Pick up and knit one stitch through each ridge and then each stitch until you get to the corner. Knit every row until you are nearly out of yarn, finsihing with a wrong side row. On the right side, cast off all but the last stitch. Cut your yarn.

Continue in this fashion for all nine skeins. When you near the end of the last skein, cast off all stitches, weave in your ends and enjoy!