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
- 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.
3 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch
Approximately 26 x 33 inches
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.
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
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...
- A US #13, 32-inch circular needle
2 3/4 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch
Approximately 30 inches x 32 inches
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.)
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!