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Saturday
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 Candice-

You probably want to start out by doing a gauge swatch in pattern on your size 50 needles to see if you like the look of it. Do this by casting on 11 stitches and following the stitch pattern until you have a square. If you like how it looks you can then measure how many stitches you're getting per inch and decide how many to cast on from there.

Good luck with your project!

Molly
December 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am looking to make this using the Knit Collage Gypsy Garden (I'm gaga over it!). How many skeins would you suggest as well as needle size to get the same size blanket or close to it?
December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Hi Jen,

You can see what the Gypsy Garden looks like knit up on US #17 needles with our Fun Kid's Hat (http://purlbee.squarespace.com/the-purl-bee/2010/3/19/whits-knits-fun-kids-hat.html). I'd suggest at least a needle size bigger (a US #19), but much depends on how you knit and what you're going for!

It's hard to guess how many skeins you'll need, but I'd think about ten. If you buy too many, please keep in mind that you can exchange the extras within six months in their original condition.

Thanks for asking. Sounds like a beautiful plan! Please let us know if you need any more help with it!

Whitney
January 7, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm confused about how much pixie dust yarn I need to order. On Ravelry the pattern says 245 yards. Each skein is 145 yards, so it sounds like I would need 2. However, the instructions on your site say 7 skeins.
Thanks!
January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrhb537
Hi rhb537-

You do need 245 yards total. Each skein is 35 yards, not 145 yards, so you will need 7 skeins. Each Skein is 145 grams, which might be the cause of the mix up.

Thank you for writing in and good luck with the project!

Molly
January 8, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Looking at yarns to compare, what weight would you say this is? Is it comparable to a 5 or 6? If a use a worsted weight would I be fine with just doubling that? Thanks!
February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

This yarn is hard to categorize because it goes from very thick to very thin. It is definitely in the 6 or larger category. I don't think doubling a regular worsted weight yarn will be large enough and it also won't create the thick and thin texture that makes this blanket so unique. You could certainly experiment with combining different yarns- just make sure you're getting the correct gauge and that you like the look of the fabric.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
February 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I knitted this blanket for my mother and it is gorgeous. I made mine a bit wider, I think 36 stitches, and used maybe 9 or 10 skeins. It was the turquoise color and is truly beautiful. Worth the cost of the yarn because it has such a unique look. And it is warm. Using the 36 needle which I believe is 20 mm. A smaller needle might make the blanket too dense or warm.
March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I FINALLY made this beauty of a blanket!. Actually I didn't use quite as much yard and turned it into a nice sized lap blanket. Made it for a special friend's 50th anniversary gift. I SO loved it.
It was fun and beautiful.
March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTJ
I just finished making this blanket with Cascade Magnum in deep plum, & added fringe. It's lovely, I do feel it's to narrow so I would definitely make it wider next time as suggested in the comments by casting on 55 stitches.
March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
Is it possible to just do a straight knit one row purl a row? Or straight up knit the whole thing? I'm not the best at the pattern it calls for!
April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie-

If you knit one row and purl one row the edges will curl but knitting every row (garter stitch) sounds like a great plan!

Good luck with it!

Molly
April 8, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am a beginner and am currently making this for my Mom for Mother's Day. I LOVE this yarn, it took me a little while to learn how to work with it and I have trouble fixing any errors because its really difficult to see your stitches. This ends up being a good thing for us beginners, because as long as you have the right number of stitches (I cast on 43 after reading the comments that it was a little narrow) its really hard to tell if you messed your knit and purl and it still looks fantastic! Thanks to the Purl team for their help with this in the store and thanks for sharing this wonderful gift idea!
April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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