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Colorblock Bias Blanket

Whenever I am faced with a pile of undeniably beautiful yarn, I turn to an old-friend-of-a-project, the Colorblock Bias Blanket. It is a project that never grows old; it soothes your knitting soul when you’re stumped by a contiguous sleeve or bogged down by too many bobbles; it inspires combinations of color and texture that never before seemed possible; and like all of my most treasured things, this pattern was handed down to me by my dear Aunt Julie.

Julie’s wild sense of color and unique personal style constantly inspire me to freely experiment with textures and values and tones. So recently, when I found myself strolling the aisles of Purl Soho with seven skeins in a vice-grip-like hug, realizing I couldn’t let a single skein go, I knew exactly how I could pull them all together.

I knit my Colorblock Bias Blanket in simple garter stitch, using three different hand-dyed, DK-weight yarns in a spectrum of seven amazing colors. Starting with pops of peach, I used Koigu’s crisp and lively Kersti Merino Crepe. Then to contrast with the smooth consistency of the Kersti, I moved on to Madelinetosh’s Tosh Merino DK, a single ply yarn that quietly shifts from thick to thin. Next I used Anzula’s luxurious Cricket , a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and a touch of nylon. Its machine-spun quality and soft, sandy colors add elegance and subtlety. And finally, I finished the blanket with two more skeins of quirky Tosh Merino DK.

The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts (thank you, Aristotle). Each of these yarns has its own special personality, but together, they create a rich and complex fabric. You can create your own beautiful blanket with Purl Soho’s Yarn for Colorblock Bias Blanket kit. Choose from three lovely colorways: this toasty Peach, cool Mint or burst-of-yellow Lemon! -Laura

Materials

Our Yarn for Colorblock Bias Blanket Kit comes in three colorways and includes…

  • Color A: 1 skein of Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe, 100% merino wool.
  • Color B: 1 skein of Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe, 100% merino wool.
  • Color C: 1 skein of Madeline Tosh's Tosh Merino DK, 100% merino wool.
  • Color D: 1 skein of Anzula's Cricket, 80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.
  • Color E: 1 skein of Anzula's Cricket, 80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.
  • Color F: 1 skein of Madeline Tosh's Tosh Merino DK, 100% merino wool.
  • Color G: 1 skein of Madeline Tosh's Tosh Merino DK, 100% merino wool.

Peach

  • Color A: Kersti in #1111.5
  • Color B: Kersti in #1133
  • Color C: Tosh Merino DK in Paper
  • Color D: Cricket in Au Natural
  • Color E: Cricket in Gravity
  • Color F: Tosh Merino DK in Charcoal
  • Color G: Tosh Merino DK in Calligraphy (if looking for a substitution, try the color Whiskers)

Mint

  • Color A: Kersti in #0000
  • Color B: Kersti in #1051
  • Color C: Tosh Merino DK in Paper
  • Color D: Cricket in Au Natural
  • Color E: Cricket in Gravity
  • Color F: Tosh Merino DK in Charcoal
  • Color G: Tosh Merino DK in Calligraphy (if looking for a substitution, try the color Whiskers)

Lemon

  • Color A: Kersti in #0000
  • Color B: Kersst in #2100
  • Color C: Tosh Merino DK in Paper
  • Color D: Cricket in Au Natural
  • Color E: Cricket in Gravity
  • Color F: Tosh Merino DK in Charcoal
  • Color G: Tosh Merino DK in Calligraphy (if looking for a substitution, try the color Whiskers)
You will also need…
  • A US #6, 32-inch circular needle
  • A 7-inch piece of cardboard or other stiff material for making the tassels (optional)

Gauge

22 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Size

  • Blanket: 33 inches by 33 inches; 46 inches by 46 inches on the diagonal (without tassels)
  • Tassels: 6 1/2 inches long

To modify the finished size: This blanket is knit on the bias, from corner to corner. Using the entirety of each skein, you increase every other row for the first half of your total yardage and decrease every other row for the second half. If you’d like to change the size of this blanket, add up the total yardage of your yarn and divide it by two. Following the spirit of the Increase section, work half (or a little less, to be on the safe side) of your total yardage. Then continue to the section titled DECREASE, and using the second half of your yardage, follow the remainder of the pattern.

Pattern

Prepare for Tassels (Optional)

From your wound ball of Color A, wind a second smaller ball of approximately 30 yards and set aside. Repeat with Color G.

Begin Blanket and Increase

With Color A, cast on 5 stitches, leaving a 15-inch tail (which you will use later to secure the tassel).

Row 1 (wrong side): P2, knit to last two stitches, p2.

Row 2 (right side): K2, make 1 left (m1L), knit to last two stitches, make 1 right (m1R), k2. [2 stitches increased]

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

With Color B, work Row 2 and then repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

With Color C, work Row 2 and then repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

With Color D, work Row 2 and then repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

Decrease

With Color E…

Row 1 (right side): K1, slip slip knit (ssk), knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together (k2tog), k1. [2 stitches decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): P2, knit to last two stitches, p2.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

With Color F, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have used the entire skein, ending with a wrong side row.

With Color G, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 5 stitches remain, ending with a right side row.

Bind off in pattern on wrong side. Cut yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail.

Make Tassels

For full instruction on how to make a tassel, please see our Tassel Tutorial.

The tassels for the Colorblock Bias Blanket are 6 1/2 inches long and to make them I used a 7-inch long piece of cardboard. I wrapped the cardboard approximately 60 times, using almost all of the 30 yards that I had set aside at the beginning of the project.

Make one tassel using Color A. Make a second tassel using Color G.

Attach the Tassels

Thread one of the two tails from the top of the tassel onto a tapestry needle. Weave the tail along one edge of the blanket. Repeat with the second tail, weaving it along the other edge of the blanket.

Thread the cast on (or bind off) tail from the blanket onto a tapestry needle. Bring the needle through the head of the tassel, then draw the needle through the cast on (or bind off) edge from back to front. Pull taut.

Tightly wrap the tail a few times around the place where the tip of the blanket meets the top of the tassel.

Bring the tapestry needle through the wraps and down the center of tassel. Remove the tapestry needle and trim the tail to match the length of the tassel.

Finish 

Weave in remaining tails and block as desired.

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57 Responses to Colorblock Bias Blanket


  1. theresa says:

    I am in the process of my second blanket with a third one on my knitting horizon very soon. Thank you for such a great design that can be expanded into many different colorways. This will be making a great first baby gift and a wonderful housewarming gift.

  2. Amy says:

    I’m a new knitter and messed up a couple rows back. Instead of having an odd number of stitches per row, I have an even number. I’m not comfortable frogging the project because I’m afraid I won’t be able to get back on track. Should I just purl one side where I should m1l, in order to get an odd number of stitches again or will this mess me up later on?

    • Laura from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Amy.
      I think your idea of omitting a m1L in order to get back on track is a great idea. I’m not sure you need to purl anything in its place. The other option is to simply continue and then you’ll either end with 4 or 6 stitches rather than 5. I have a feeling only you can tell you messed up those few rows back. I say forge on!
      Let me know if you have any questions at all!
      Laura

  3. Amanda says:

    Thanks for this pattern and color combo. I have now done up 2 of these in similar colors using tunisian crochet. The bias workup adds such a great dimension to the blanket. So simple, yet so dramatic.

  4. jone says:

    I saw a picture of this on Pinterest and it became the first thing I’ve ever attempted making from the multitude of things I pin on my ‘MAKE’ board and never make…Unfortunately I had to opt for the different kind of wool since I’m from South Africa and can hardly pop around to your shop, but I love the end result and I will now attempt to make more things from your amazing website!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hello,

    I also want to make this in a rectangular shape, and am worried I’m not understanding the two comments in this thread about about to do that. You mentioned there might be a pattern for this in worsted weight soon. Any chance it’s available yet?

    Thank you! I’m dreaming of making this to snuggle under this winter.

    • Laura from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Rebecca!
      We are hoping to publish a rectangular version of this blanket this coming Fall or Winter! I noticed that there are some contradictory thoughts on how to best approach the structuring of the piece. I haven’t gotten a chance to dive into the pattern writing yet, but I so appreciate your encouragement and request! It goes further than you know.
      Please stay tuned.
      Thanks again for writing in!!
      Laura

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