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Two Purl Bee Classics, Now in Super Soft Merino

I just can't get enough of Purl Soho's new yarn, Super Soft Merino. I am over-the-moon excited about this beautiful chunky-weight yarn. And, I'm not alone… Since its arrival, we’ve all been knitting up our dreamiest ideas of winter coziness!

Joelle created the wonderfully seasonal Snowflake Scarf. Faye knit up the comfy and dramatic Fluted Cowl. Whitney brought us a gaggle of brilliantly bold color block and striped hats. And, Spoiler Alert: there's more to come!

Today we bring you two Purl Bee classics re-conceived in Super Soft Merino for a fresh look and a wintertime feel! The Super Easy Crib Blanket borrows the classic striping from the baby-sized original, but at 2 3/4 stitches to the inch it requires fewer cast-on stitches and knits up to a bigger crib size. With voluminous stitches and a luxurious loft, this blanket is as soft and gentle as a cloud!

The Chevron Baby Blanket in Merino uses a single strand of Super Soft Merino, rather than the original’s two strands of cotton. The chevron stitch combined with the chunky weight yarn creates a dense and toasty baby blanket, perfect for floor or stroller time! We also changed up the striping, playing this time with whimsical irregularity.

If you haven’t knit with Super Soft Merino yet, you too may find that you can’t get enough. It’s truly a pleasure! --Laura

Chevron Baby Blanket in Merino

Materials

  • 3 skeins of Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino for the Main Color. I used Heirloom White.
  • 1 skein of each of the four Contrast Colors. I used Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino in Toasted Charcoal for CC 1, Desert Blue for CC 2, Oyster Gray for CC 3 and Yellow Yellow for CC 4.
  • A US #11, 24 or 32-inch circular needle.

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

Size

Approximately 26 x 33 inches

Notes

If you want to change the sizing or use this stitch pattern for a different project, just cast on a multiple of 14 plus 2 stitches.

Pattern

With Main Color (MC) cast on 100 stitches.

**Row 1 (right side): With MC, K1, ssk, *k10, k2tog, ssk, repeat from * to last 13 stitches, k10, k2tog, k1. (86 stitches)

Row 2 (wrong side): K6, *knit into front and back (kfb) 2 times, k10, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, kfb 2 times, k6. (100 stitches)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 two more times.

With  Contrast Color 1 (CC 1), repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times.

Repeat from ** two more times.

***With MC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times.

With CC 2,  repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times.

Repeat from *** two more times.

+With MC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 one time.

With CC 3, repeat Rows 1 and 2 one time.

Repeat from + eleven more times.

With MC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 one time.

++With CC 4 , repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times.

With MC, repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times.

Repeat from ++ two more times.

With MC, repeat Row 1 one more time.

Bind Off Row: Bind off 5 stitches, *(knit into the next stitch and leave the stitch on the left needle, bind off 1 stitch, knit into the back of the stitch, let the stitch off the left needle, bind off 1 stitch) 2 times, bind off 10 stitches, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, (knit into the next stitch and leave the stitch on the left needle, bind off 1 stitch, knit into the back of the stitch, let the stitch off the left needle, bind off 1 stitch) 2 times, bind off 6 stitches, pull the yarn through the last stitch.

Weave in the ends and you're all done!

Super Easy Crib Blanket

Materials

Get all the yarn you need with our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket kits, available in six beauitufl colorways. Each kit includes...

  • 7 skeins of Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. The palette shown above is Macaron, which includes (from the top) Timeless Navy, Peacock Blue, Desert Blue, Oyster Grey, Heirloom White, Yellow Yellow, and Super Pink.

You'll also need...

Gauge

2 3/4 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

Size

Approximately 30 inches x 32 inches

Note

To get a nice, neat edge  just slip the first stitch of every row knitwise with the yarn in back. (When you change colors, knit the first stitch of the row.)

Pattern

With the first color, cast on 82 stitches.

Knit every row until you have used the entire skein (or until there are 11 or 12 garter stitch "ridges" [1 ridge = 2 rows]).

Switch to the second color and knit every row, using up the entire skein.

Repeat with each color, making sure to always switch colors on the same side.

After knitting all but a couple of yards of the seventh color, loosely bind off.

Weave in the ends and you're done!

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91 Responses to Two Purl Bee Classics, Now in Super Soft Merino


  1. purl bee says:

    Hi Jennifer.
    The trick with swatching this chevron stitch is that you'll need a 30-stitch cast on. That is why we give the gauge in garter, to avoid asking people to make such a large swatch. If you do swatch up the chevron, cast on 30. At the end of row 1 you should have 26 stitches. This will make working Row 2 easier.
    Hope this helps!
    Laura

  2. briana says:

    hi. i'm about 3 or 4 inches in, and i love this blanket. just wondering, should i be snipping my yarn at the end of every color change, and weaving in all the ends? or is there a trick to carrying the colors so they do not show on the edge of the blanket? i have been (messily) carrying them, as i'm not well skilled in that trick anyway. and it doesn't look very good. what did you do in this pattern?
    thanks so much!
    -briana

  3. purl bee says:

    Hello Briana,
    I am happy to hear you're loving the project. I did snip my yarns at the end of every color change, other than when I was doing 1 ridge stripes (the grey and white section). In that section I carried my yarn up the side.
    Thanks.
    Laura

  4. Jodi Trifone says:

    Hello,
    did you block your blanket?
    wasn't sure if you need to or not?

    Thanks
    Jodi

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Jodi,
    These blankets were not blocked. Garter stitch as well as a garter stitch based chevron stitch are such consistent and forgiving patterns, I did not find that blocking was needed for evening out the fabric. You can block it to relax the fabric and soften it up a bit, but that will also happen with use.
    Thanks,
    Laura

  6. Vanessa says:

    I LOVE the stripes on the Chevron blanket. Just curious, when changing color for the wider (5 row) stripes, do you break the yarn and weave in the end, or do you carry the yarn up the side?

    Thanks! Vanessa

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Vanessa,
    For the wider stripes I cut the yarn and wove in the ends. It's a lot of ends. After I worked the skinnier stripes, I asked myself why I didn't make the whole blanket like that. In that section I carried the yarn up!
    Let us know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  8. amanda allyn says:

    What is the best way for weaving in my ends? I'm on the third section, and I'm starting to get anxiety about it because there are so many and I've never had such good luck with this. I have also been snipping my ends after every single stripe for about the first third of that section, before I read that I should be carrying the colors up in the comments…oops! Next time I'll read through all the comments before I commence to knitting! Is there any harm in switching from snipping ends to carrying them up part way through and then just weaving in the ends I've already snipped? Thanks!

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Check out this post we did on weaving in ends. It is broken down by stitch pattern. The Chevron Baby Blanket has a Garter Stitch base, so look under that portion of the post! Try a few methods and see what you like best. Hope this helps.

    As for changing what you are doing mid-project, there is going to be a bit of a difference in look between where you are carrying up and where you didn't, but if you are comfortable with that and it saves you stress/anxiety, I'd say switch.

    I only carried up the sides when it was single ridge striping (the gray and white section), for the rest of the blanket, I snipped and wove in.
    Laura

    http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html

  10. Jessica says:

    Hi there,

    How do you switch colors when doing a slip stitch at the beginning of each row?

    Thank you!

    Jessica

  11. Sarah says:

    Hi,
    I am unsure as to how to do the slipped first stitch in knit. Most sites I have visited have suggested doing it in purl, or that garter stitch does not need a slipped stitch.
    I cannot find any utube videos that describe it.
    Could this be explained?
    Thank you,
    Sarah

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Sarah-

    When a pattern calls for you to slip a stitch you always slip as if to purl unless otherwise noted. That means that you insert your right needle into the stitch as if you were going to purl and slip it off of the left needle. You are essentially just moving it from the left needle to the right needle. Here is a video I found that might make it more clear:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKrGDMGX7AU

    Thank you for your question!

    Molly

  13. Dot says:

    Thank you for this scrumptious wool and great pattern. I am just starting on the super easy baby blanket in soft merino. Can you please advise on how to best join the new yarn when switching colors? Should I knit with two yarns together for a few stiches, or will this be too bulky? Thank you!

  14. Gabriela says:

    I'm looking to knit two of these for a friend of mine expecting twins. They are due to be born in May, so I would like to use a lighter spring/summer yarn, rather than the Merino. What do you recommend, please? And how would the pattern be impacted, if at all?

    Thank you for this – the color combinations are yummy!

    Gabriela

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Gabriela-

    I'm not sure if you're referring to the Super Easy Baby Blanket or the Chevron Blanket.

    The original chevron blanket was knit from cotton and can be found here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/9/15/whits-knits-chevron-baby-blanket.html

    The original Super Easy Baby Blanket is made from a lighter weight Merino and can be found here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2008/5/24/whits-knits-super-easy-baby-blanket.html You could knit this in cotton. I'd recommend using this yarn: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/721-Blue-Sky-Blue-Sky-Cotton

    Please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Molly

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Dot-

    When starting a new ball of yarn simply leave a tail from the old ball and leave a tail at the beginning of the new ball. Don't tie a knot or knit the yarns together. At the end of the project weave all of the ends in. Here's a tutorial with several techniques for weaving in ends: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html

    Thank you!

    Molly

  17. Elaine says:

    I need a quick but nice looking baby blanket. I am super excited to start (and finish) this pattern! Maybe I'll get brave and try the Chevron next! Thanks for a new twist and great color schemes for a baby!
    Elaine

  18. Marcia says:

    Has anyone had trouble with the colors bleeding into the white when you washed the blanket? I knitted the striped blanket for my grandson and the white stripe turned a dingy cream even though I put vinegar in the water. I ended up knitting another one and using color catchers in the wash, which actually worked better, but I'm still leery about washing these blankets. I really want to make another for my granddaughter – is there any way to ensure that the colors won't run? I'd like my daughter to not have to worry about washing it frequently.

  19. purl bee says:

    Hi Marcia-

    We're so sorry to hear you're having these issues. Would you mind emailing me and letting me know what yarn you used? My email is: Molly AT purlsoho DOT com

    Thank you!

    Molly

  20. Jen says:

    Hi! I cast on a multiple of 9×14 plus 2 (so 128 stitches), and was going great until I just had to rip out a couple rows b/c of a mistake :) So I am on the "off" row, and am not sure how many stitches should be on that particular row to check if I am back on track before I get going again. Sorry if this question is confusing! Basically…I know my "wrong side" row should have 128 stitches, how many should my "right side" row have? Thanks!!

  21. Barbara says:

    Hello
    I'd like to knit the adult size of your super easy crib blanket with super soft merino yarn.
    Which colours have you taken for the combination with the 'ballet pink'?
    I coudn't find the kit.
    Thanks
    Barbara

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Barbara-

    That colorway is called Cameo but it is currently sold out. Please email customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com if you'd like to be informed when it comes back in stock.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  23. emily says:

    Hi there! If I wanted to have a pink stripe in the chevron blanket, what colors would you recommend using?

    Thank you so much!

  24. purl bee says:

    Hi Emily.
    Oh goodness… the options are nearly endless.
    I love the color combinations used on the Super Easy Crib Blanket pictured above. I also love combining tones of pinks together, like one light and one hot pink… then maybe adding a yellow or a navy? There are so many fun combinations to be made.
    Let us know if you need more help narrowing it down and/or what you end up deciding on!
    Laura

  25. Dawn says:

    Hi
    I love this Chevron Merino baby blanket, but I am also running out of yarn 1 row before I am done with the pattern. Arg!!
    Dawn

  26. purl bee says:

    Hi Dawn-

    We're so sorry to hear you're having this issue. Would you mind checking your gauge and then getting back to me via email so we can get to the bottom of the problem? Here's my email: molly AT purlsoho DOT com

    Thank you!

    Molly

  27. juliette says:

    hi, i have a question. Regarding the chevron blancket,i just do not seem to get this: With Contrast Color 1 (CC 1), repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times.
    Repeat from ** two more times.
    the repeat from two times. does it means i have to repeat row 1 of the pattern 2 more times? or do i have to repeat row 1 and 2?
    thanks!!
    juliette

  28. purl bee says:

    Hi Juliette.
    Great question. This symbol system is used to shorten and simplify patterns. Hopefully I can help clear this up for you…

    When a pattern instructs you to "Repeat from ** (X) more times", you find that symbol in the pattern (in this case: **) and do EVERYTHING from that point until you get to the sentence telling you to "Repeat from **…" and you do it all (X) number of times.

    So when this pattern instructs you to repeat from ** two more times it is telling you to repeat EVERYTHING from the ** to the line that says "Repeat from **…" two times:
    Row 1 (right side): With MC, K1, ssk, *k10, k2tog, ssk, repeat from * to last 13 stitches, k10, k2tog, k1. (86 stitches)
    Row 2 (wrong side): K6, *knit into front and back (kfb) 2 times, k10, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, kfb 2 times, k6. (100 stitches)
    Repeat Rows 1 and 2 two more times.
    With Contrast Color 1 (CC 1), repeat Rows 1 and 2 four times.

    Does this clear it up at all?!?
    Please write us back if you have any questions. This pattern uses a lot of symbols and repeats.
    Laura

  29. Shannon says:

    I'm trying to knit the chevron blanket in another yarn on a size 9 needle. I cannot seem to count off enough stitches and am very confused what's going wrong. I never seem to have the correct number of stitches at the end of a row. Any tips? I've successfully completed chevron and wave blankets in the past, so I'm a little flabbergasted.

  30. purl bee says:

    Shannon.
    How strange. Since you've done Chevron and Wave stitch blankets before, I'm not too sure what might be going on. Are you doing that very last decrease / increase at the end of the row on the right / wrong sides? Is there a specific portion of the pattern that is tripping you up? I'd love to help get you on your way.
    Laura

  31. Amy says:

    Hi, I'm attempting the easy blanket. How long should my tail be when I cast on to start the project?
    Thanks!

  32. Ann says:

    I just made this crib blanket for a friend a love it! What instructions should I give about washing it?Since it is for a baby I would like it to be practical. I know I read somewhere that you said it could machine washed but can't find the instructions. Should I set the dye with vinegar? I used the nautical colors including the bright red. Thanks!
    Ann

  33. purl bee says:

    Hi Amy-

    I would use a tail that is 3X the finished length- so 90 inches in this case. And then I always just add a few extra inches for good measure.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  34. jen says:

    Hi Ann,

    The Super Soft Merino is hand wash only, lay flat to dry. You may be remembering reading that the Kersti Super Easy Blanket was washable? You could set the dye with vinegar before giving it to her but we have not had any customers report that the colors have run so the bigger issue with machine washing is that it will be exposed to agitation and felt/shrink.

    Thanks!
    Jen

  35. Adele says:

    Oh dear , me too on how to bind off:(. I completed row 2. To start the bind off I slipped 1 stitch to the right needle. I slipped a 2nd stitch from
    The left needle to the right needle. I then pulled the first stitch on the right needle over the 2nd for the first bind off. I repeated for the next 5 stitches. From there I don't know what to do. The yarn attached to the ball is on the first stitch on the right needle. So how would I use it to knit the next stitch and leave it on the left needle? Am I using the wrong cast of method to start . Love this and have kniitted 4 rows so I can practice the bind off. Thank you in advncefor your help :)
    Adele

  36. purl bee says:

    Hi Adele…
    Rather than slipping the stitches, knit them. This way the working yarn with come with you across the bind off row.

    First you bind of 5 stitches normally at this point there should be one stitch on your right needle with the working yarn coming from it.

    Then you *(knit into the next stitch, before you let if off the left needle though, slip the existing stitch from your right needle over that new stitch on the right needle, now fully knit into the back of that same stitch again letting it drop off your left needle, bind off 1). You do what is between the ( ) two times.

    Then you bind of 10 stitches normally, then you repeat from the * until you get to the last 8 stitches. Then you do what is in the parentheses two times and then you bind of 6 normally.

    Does that help at all? It's definitely a little tricky.
    Laura

  37. Ellen M says:

    Hi,
    I have a question about the Chevron Baby Blanket.
    When you add CC1, after you repeat rows 1 and 2 four times, it says Repeat from ** two more times.

    Does that just mean rows 1 and 2 again?

    Thanks.

  38. purl bee says:

    Hi Ellen,
    Great question.
    You will work Rows 1 and 2 in the MC.
    Then you will work Rows 1 and 2 four times in CC1.
    Then you will work all of what you've done since ** two more times…. which means Repeating Rows 1 and 2 in MC, repeating Rows 1 and 2 four times in CC1 and then repeating Rows 1 and 2 in MC once more and repeating Rows 1 and 2 four more times in CC1.
    Hope this clears things up!
    Let us know if you have any questions.
    Laura

  39. Maria says:

    I do not see anywhere what size needles should be used. Could you help me out > Many thanks

  40. Ocean says:

    Hi!
    I've knitted a few of these and love them all – I'm looking for a machine washable alternative to the super soft merino that is still the same gauge. do you think spud and chloe outer would work? or ??
    Thanks

  41. purl bee says:

    Hi Ocean.
    Spud and Chloe's Outer would be great.
    Another option would be Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton doubled, like the original
    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/9/15/whits-knits-chevron-baby-blanket.html
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/721-Blue-Sky-Blue-Sky-Cotton
    Thanks,
    Laura

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