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Oct022010

Whit's Knits: Pixie Dust Lap Blanket

This is a where-did-you-get-this?! kind of blanket. Big, loopy stitches; hand dyed, extraordinary color; and smatterings of sparkly "pixie dust" all conspire to make this no ordinary blanket.

The yarn comes from the incredibly creative yarn company, Knit Collage. We used their super funky Handspun Yarn to knit up the Fun Kid's Hat last spring, and now we're turning our attention to their more subdued (relatively speaking!) Pixie Dust yarn. A blend of wool and mohair, Pixie Dust is a handspun, ultra bulky yarn that really sparks the imagination. I'm transported right into the land of fairy tales. With this color (Lemon Meringue), I can't help but think of Rapunzel and "Let down your golden hair!".

You won't be the only one who thinks your new blanket is awfully cuddily. While I was making the Pixie Dust Lap Blanket, my cat Butterfly stalked my every move, waiting for the moment I would set down my needles so she could finally claim her rightful place deep inside the blanket's soft stitches. Now that the finished blanket is at Page's house her cat, Sylvy, has taken up right where Butterfly left off!

I can't think of an easier way to makeover a room than to whip up this show stopper. Provided you can wrest it from your cat, it may even keep you toasty warm all winter!

The Materials

  • 7 skeins of Knit Collage's Pixie Dust, a blend of Wool, Mohair and Pixie Sparkles. This color is "Lemon Meringue".
  • A US #36, 32 or 40 inch circular needle.

Other Ideas!

We also knit up the Pixie Dust Lap Blanket in a cool white "Snowflake" version. It's equally gorgeous!

Or try doubling up Knit Collage's Sister. Same size needles, same pattern, same textural adventure, a Sister Lap Blanket is a beautifully affordable 100% wool alternative. You'll only need five skeins (you could even get away with four if you don't mind losing a few inches!). Here's a swatch:

The Pattern

Gauge

1 stitch = approximately 1 inch in 1 x 1 rib

Finished Size

Approximately 26 inches wide by 56 inches long

Begin

Cast on 27 stitches.

Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2: *P1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2  until you have used all 7 skeins minus about 4 yards (or until piece measures 56 inches).

Bind off in pattern and weave in the ends. (Little Tip: Rather than wresting this yarn through the eye of a tapestry needle, just use your hands to weave in the ends. It's easy - you'll see!)

Reader Comments (113)

Hi there -
Thank you for posting the pattern to this gorgeous blanket. I, too, am a beginner knitter and very excited to try this blanket. I am going to buy the Cascade Magnum in birch heather. Is it right that I only need 2 skeins?
Love your site !
Rachel
January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Rachel-

That is correct, you'll only need 2 skeins! Thanks for your question!

Molly
January 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This blanket is enchanting. Could I possibly substitute Malabrigo Rasta for the Pixie Dust? I'd like to make it both a bit bigger and for less money than the Pixie Dust. Magnum is nice but I find it has a bit of a sheen. Was there a particular reason you suggested only Magnum as a possible substitute?
Thanks
February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
Hi Claudia-

You are certainly welcome to use any yarn that fits the gauge that you like. This is a pretty forgiving pattern so I imagine any bulky yarn would work great.

Thanks for your comment!

Molly
February 14, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI! Will more of the India Henna color be coming into the store?

P.S. - I got to visit the store last week for the first time - it is GORGEOUS! I was in love.
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
Hi Debbie-

If you'd like to know when a particular color comes back in stock please drop us an email at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and we'll let you know.

Thanks so much for your nice question and comment!

Molly
April 6, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am wanting to make this great throw for a Christmas gift. I am having a hard time telling which needles to order from your sight... Help please:)
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Hi Megan-

You can order the size 36, 40-inch long needles here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8476-Skacel-Addi-Big-Stitch-Circular-Needles

Sorry for the confusion. The link in the pattern was wrong and it has been fixed now,

Thank you!
Molly
September 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have used Colinette Point Five for projects like this. It's not quite as bulky as the Pixie looks but the hand-dyed variegations are beautiful. I don't know what the yardage is, or whether this yarn still is available in the States.

But really the ticket to this blanket is the thickness variation of the yarn, which obviously makes the Pixie a stellar choice--unless you can spin your own.
October 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbug
I know you have answered dozens of questions about this project. However, I was looking at doing this with the Sister yarn. You say to double the yarn and that would take 5 skeins. Am I misunderstanding the directions because I would think it would require an even number of skeins if you double the yarn.
October 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Love this blanket, I just finished it in snowflake and it is well wroth it. It came out a bit narrower than what I wanted but was wondering if it needs to be blocked and if yes, how and will it stay stretched? I am going to do a second one in indian henna and was wondering if I should try to cast on more stitches... I also finished a cowl with sister yarn and it sheds more than the pixie dust so I would highly recommend sticking with the beautiful pixie dust for the blanket!
thank you for the great idea!
val
October 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervbess
Hi Mary,

Great question! Yes, it is doubled, so for the fifth skein you have two options: you can either simultaneously pull a strand from the inside and outside of the ball or you can wind the skein into two even balls and pull a strand from each.

I hope this clears things up, and thanks for asking!
Whitney
November 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI vbess,

You can try blocking the blanket, but because of the rib stitch it might not stay very stretched for very long, although you never know! One thing I can predict is that it will take quite a while to dry!

And yes, if you'd like your blanket wider the second time around, cast on some more stitches. Stick to an odd number if you want to follow the pattern exactly.

Thanks for your questions and for the making the blanket!
Whitney
November 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Collinette Point 5 would also make a good (non sparkly) alternative.
November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara
wonderful idea nice and easy and fast to make .thanks for posting.DEBBIE
November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDEBBIE CASTONGUAY
I have been eyeing this project a long time. Am contemplating trying it with the Magnum (if only I can settle on a color - too many delicious choices!). Do you double the yarn when using the Magnum just as you do the Sister yarn?
November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterphyllis alexander
Hi Phyllis-

You will have to double the Magnum yarn.

Thank you for writing in and best of luck with the blanket!

Molly
November 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Beautiful blanket! For crocheting, which stitch would you recommend? Maybe double crochet?
Thank you!
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouise
This may sound like a 5th grade math problem, so please bear with me! Here goes: I would like to make this in Sisters and understand that in order to make the lap blanket I will need 5 skeins (because I am doubling the yarn as I knit). If I want to order 6 skeins in order to make the blanket a little wider, how many stitches should I cast on? I am estimating about 35 stitches which will make the blanket approx 34" wide x 56" long. Does this sound about right?
December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Louise,

Yes, I think double crochets are a beautiful idea! Remember that crocheting uses about a third more yarn than knitting (not fair, is it?)!

Thanks for your question!!
Whitney
December 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Rachel,

Yes, that's right!

Although, since you're talking about making your blanket about 30% bigger than the original, you'll need 30% more yarn. So I think you might be safer getting 7 skeins. Don't wind them all until you know you'll need them because you can return unwound yarn for store credit! Here's a link to our return policy: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/shop/return.

Thanks so much for asking and good luck!

Whitney
December 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello!

To clarify, to transition this to the magnum yarn at double the size, I would need 500 yards and that includes what I am using by doubling up the yarn per stitch(in terms of thickness)? And same 40" length needles?

Thank you so much! I have been saving up for the project for years :)

Stephanie
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Hi Stephanie,

If by "double the size" you mean a blanket that is 52 by 56 inches, then yes, 500 yards of Magnum is correct (using two strands of yarn). If by "double the size" you mean 52 x 112 inches, then you'd need about a 1000 yards.

And a 40 or 47-inch needle would be great. It just depends on what you're comfortable with. I personally prefer less needle and more crowded stitches!

Congratulations on being so close to making your blanket! I hope you love it!

Whitney
January 31, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm fairly new to knitting so please excuse my dumb question. I'm going to make this lovely blanket with the Sister yarn, so when you say "double," does that mean I need to stitch two yarns as one? Again, sorry for the stupid question. Thanks.
February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Hi Ellen-

It's not a stupid question at all, in fact it's one of the most common questions we get!

You are correct, you will be knitting the two strands as one.

Thank you for the great question!

Molly
February 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
After falling in love with this pattern and yarn a while ago, I finally have a good enough reason to invest in some Pixie Dust for a wedding present! Sadly, I cannot find the Lemon Meringue anywhere. Which color would you say looks the closest to the Lemon Meringue, the Dandelion Glow or the Honey Tea?
February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie M.
Hi Melanie,

The Danedlion Glow is closest in color but the Honey Tea is closer in the tone - does that make sense? I personally think that the Honey Tea would be a nicer color for the blanket unless the person who it is for LOVES yellow.

The Lemon is on back order with Knit Collage right now but I believe it will be in stock in about 2 - 3 weeks if you'd rather wait!

If you want us to notify you when it arrives, please feel free to contact me at the link below with Lemon Meringue in the subject field.

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/contact


Thanks!

Jen
February 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen
I have 8 2 oz. skeins of 50 yr. old Bernat Scandia yarn my friend gave me that she found after her Mother passed away.I want to make something for her and I have been having a hard time finding a pattern for this yarn. I love this pattern and want to know if I can use this pattern with this yarn and if I still use #36 circular needle?

Thank you,

Sheryl
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl
Hi Sheryl-

We aren't familiar with that yarn. If it's very chunky and goes from thick to thin I imagine it should work fine. ut the only real way to tell is to give it a try on the size 36 needles. You will need 245 yards total.

Thank you for your question!

Molly
February 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am fairly new to knitting and was wondering..would the Habu Textiles Thick and Thin yarn be a good substitute for this yarn? Also, since there are 73 yards to a skein in this yarn, could I get away with using 3 skeins to make this? Thank you!!
March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Hi Emily-

The Thick and Thin Yarn is actually thinner than this yarn. It would work if you doubled it- the same as the "Sister" yarn mentioned in the "Other Ideas" section of the pattern. If you did that you'd need 7 skeins of the Thick and Thin.

Thank you!

Molly
March 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you think that triple stranding Purl's Super soft merino would put me near the correct gauge for this project? My daughter wants something in the hot pink, having seen the color in your shop.
March 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
HI Linda,

That sounds like a good guess, but really you may need to experiment a little! Luckily, this blanket doesn't have to fit anybody, so as long as you like the look of the knit and you've determined that the finished size will be satisfactory at the gauge you're knitting, then you can go for it!

Please let us know if you run into any more questions. We'll be happy to help!

Whitney
March 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Can I use a 15?
March 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDesi
Hi Desi-

A 15 will probably be too small but if you can get the correct gauge it would work.

Thank you!

Molly
April 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am just crazy over the Pixie Dust yarn and want desperately to make a throw for the base of our master bed. I have gone all country french, which means lots of whites, naturals, and creams. The bed cover is natural white chenille, which means I really need a bit of color. I could use taupe, soft sage green, or even a soft, muted gold. Unfortunately, all the colors are vibrant (gorgeous, but much too bold).

Do you have access to any other colors? Please, please, PLEASE!!!
April 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila
Hi Sheila-

Please drop our customer service department a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com. They can give you info on special ordering this yarn.

Thanks so much for your interest in this project and for getting in touch!

Molly
April 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Starting this for myself! I'm using the cascade magnum in Celery. Can't wait to snuggle up under it when it's finished! Thanks for all the great ideas!
April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHallie
I would love to make this in a baby blanket size. Andy advise on changes to the pattern and how many skeins to use?
July 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamey
Hi Jamey-

This is a long, thin throw blanket. To make it a more baby friendly size I would cast on the same number of stitches but just knit it half as long. I would get 4 skeins.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
July 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am going to make tis blanket using Colinette Point 5 yarn. Would you recommend the same size needles? I was not planning on doubling the yarn. The yarn suggests 12mm needles but I don't think that would give the same effect as your blanket.
August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEbony
Hi, I am making this in the Pixie Dust Pink color. I ordered the yarn and needle through you, and I am so happy with it! I am starting right now. This is going to be a wedding present. Thank you Purl for winding all this yarn into balls for me.
August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
Hi Ebony,

If you want a very loose knit like our version of the blanket, then you should probably use bigger needles than your yarn suggests, either a US #19 or #36. You may need to experiment a little to see what you like!

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks for this one!

Whitney
August 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
You said you can use knit collage sister as well at only 5 skeins? Do you have to double the yarn up?
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey
Hi Lindsey,

Yes, you do double the Sister!

Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
September 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, I absolutely love this pattern, and can't wait to start it in the Sister yarn. I was wondering what colour the swatch you've shown is called. The closest I can find on the link you've provided is Camel Heather. Is that the one, or is the cream-coloured one not being sold anymore? Thanks!
September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoris
Hi Doris-

The color is Soft Ivory and you can find it here:

http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8196-Knit-Collage-Sister

second in from the left, top row.

Thank you!

Molly
September 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I've been admiring this blanket for over a year now and finally have some time to do it. I'll definitely use the Magnum yarn in Ecru but I was wondering if there was a way of adding a bit of sparkle to it. I've seen some yarns with sequins and beads already threaded through the yarn. Would you recommend that? Or maybe a much thinner mohair yarn with metallic thread? Do you carry anything like that? Thanks!!!
October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgette
Hi Georgette-

Sure, you could certainly use a thin strand of something sparkly or fun along with the thicker yarn. We don't carry anything with beads or sequins at the moment but I'm sure you can find something beautiful if you look around.

Thank you!

Molly
October 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Any advice on knitting a blanket similar to this size with size 50 needles? I have those already and 4 skeins of Cascade Magnum and don't currently own size 36...

How many stitches would you cast on with size 50?
December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

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