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Tuesday
Nov292011

Whit's Knits: Eleventh Hour Blanket

It's not too late to wrap your favorite people in hand knit love! True, starting a knitted blanket now would normally be a recipe for big time holiday stress; but since we should all banish yuletide overdrive from our lives, I decided to design a blanket that, even if you worked at a leisurely pace, you could start now (or next week!) and be done in plenty of time for Christmas!

Of course, for this plan to work the blanket would have to be the kind of beautiful gift you love to give. And so for inspiration, I turned to a perennial Purl Bee favorite, the Eleventh Hour Scarf, and borrowing the concept, the yarn and the stitch pattern, the Eleventh Hour Blanket was born!

Doubling Cascade's very soft and very bulky Magnum means not only a quick knit, but a deep and toasty blanket, perfect for cuddling and snoozing. It may not be the eleventh hour to the holiday season, but as far as knitting blankets goes, it is!

 

The Materials

 

The Pattern

Gauge

About 3 1/2 stitches = 4 inches in seed stitch, with yarn doubled and using the larger needles

Finished Size

42 inches x 52 inches

Begin

NOTE

  • For the Main Color, you will use the Magnum doubled. The best way to do this is to pull from two balls at once. For the seventh ball, just pull one strand from the inside of the ball and one strand from the outside. If you don't have a swift and ball winder to wind a center-pull ball, never fear, you can do it by hand! Click here for a great video that shows you how!

With two strands of the Main Color and the circular needles, cast on 45 stitches.

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

Repeat Row 1 until you have used all seven skeins, leaving enough yarn for the bind off row.

Bind off loosely in k1, p1 pattern.

I-Cord Edge

NOTES

  • For the I-Cord Edge you will no longer double the yarn. You'll use just one strand of the Contrast Color, like normal!
  • I like to use a Provisional Cast On for this kind of edging so that, later, I can graft the two ends together. If you feel overwhelmed by a Provisional Cast On, then just cast on as usual and you can sew the ends together when you're through.

With one strand of the Contrast Color and the double pointed needles, cast on 3 stitches.

Starting a few inches from a corner, make an Attached I-Cord around the entire blanket, picking up 1 stitch for every row or stitch.

AT THE CORNERS

When you get to a corner, knit 1 row of the I-cord without attaching it (in other words, just knit 3 stitches and slide them to the right end of the needle), then pick up a stitch at the corner (knit 2, slip 1, yarn over, pick up 1 stitch, pass the yarn over and slipped stitch over), make 1 more row without attaching, and then continue the Attached I-cord as usual.

Finishing

When you have knitted the Attached I-Cord all the way around, then use the Kitchener Stitch to graft the two ends together. (If you didn't use a Provisional Cast On, then just sew the two ends together.)

Weave in the ends and enjoy your big, cozy blanket!

Reader Comments (100)

You just solved a wedding present conundrum I was having! The happy couple will be extra cozy! Think I may try a crocheted edge. I will likely do the edging, hate it, frog it, and then do the i-cord, so this will probably be a 9th hour blanket for me because I'll need the extra time. ;)
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy
Hi Elizabeth, I have contacted our Customer Service team and you will be notified as soon as these come in! Thanks. -Laura
August 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi - it's me again! Question - can I use size 15 double plointed needles for the I-chord if I knit loosely? That was the largest size I could find at the moment. Thanks!
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCelia
Hi Celia,

Give it a try, although you may need to pick up a few extra stitches so your cord doesn't get too tight...

Let us know how it turns out!
Whitney
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
OK so in the eleventh hour, I decided to make this for my soon to appear niece or nephew
This is the easiest cutest blanket. I decided to make it full size for the baby because it will probably be used in the rest of the house not only for the baby room. And they live in Montana so it will be perfectly cozy while rocking baby to sleep! Thank you for the pattern!
September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaura
Hi there. I am finally done with the piece. Casting 10 extra loops was a lot more work in the end! In any case, it is soooo pretty. Question - this yarn sheds a lot and I thought putting it in the dryer for a spin would help a bit but seemed to have made it worse! Is there anything I can do about the shedding? Thanks so much.
Celia
September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCelia
Hi! I seem to be having the same trouble as Celia--my blanket sheds something terrible. I'm hesitant to give it as a gift as I intended as I wouldn't want to pass along the fuzzy mess that seems to follow the blanket. Any ideas on reducing the shedding would be welcome. Thanks!
September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
HI Celia and Sarah,

The yarn does shed a bit because it is so loosely spun (that's also why it's so soft!). I've never tried it, but I know some people put their fuzzy hand knits into a plastic bag and then into the freezer for a couple of days (a classic angora remedy). Others claim that 30 minutes on the fluff or air dry cycle of the dryer for a half an hour helps (no heat please!). Otherwise, a lint brush and some time will cut down on the unwanted shed!

Thanks for asking!
Whitney
September 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I also had difficulty printing this. So, I sent it to my email, pulled it up on the screen so only the pattern was showing and hit the "Ctrl P" buttons (together) and voila it printed beautifully. I even sent the Provisional Cast On to my email and it worked like a charm!
November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Larkin
Could you please notified me when you have the needles this blanket takes, circular
needles, US #36, 40 inches . Thank you
November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika
Hi Erika-

We have these needles in stock now. You can purchase them here:
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8476-Skacel-Addi-Big-Stitch-Circular-Needles

Thank you for getting in touch!

Molly
November 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this blanket. Can I use any bulky yarn (not wool) and get the same results?
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda
How would this look if you did two colors of yarn at one time? Would it look ok? If so, I assume I could just get 4 skeins of each color and maybe cast on a few more stitches since I'm adding that additional skein? Thanks!
January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
Hi Lynda-

As long as you're getting the same gauge, you can use whatever yarn you like!

Thank you for your question!

Molly
January 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Kristin,

Sure, you can use two yarns together! The look will depend on the yarns you choose, but most likely, you'll end up with something a bit tweedy looking. Anyway, you should try it out first in a gauge swatch, not just to see the visual effect but also to make sure that you're getting the right gauge with your combo.

The number of skeins you buy will depend totally on what yarns you're thinking about using, and the number of stitches to cast on will depend on the gauge you're getting and what size you want your blanket. Please let me know if you need any help with any of this and I'll be happy to sort it out for you!

Thanks for your questions!
Whitney
January 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was thinking of using the magnum (doubled as suggested) but instead of the two strands of the same color using one strand in one color and the other in another. I was going to follow the pattern you have here but figured since it originally called for just 7 skeins, since I would be using 2 colors I could just do a double pull ball. So, I think everything in terms of guage would be the same. But figured since I was adding that additional skein that I would cast on a few more stitches. assume I just have to ensure it's an odd number that I cast on with? Also, will you be getting anymore stock in the magnum soon or can you special order? Thanks SO much!
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
Hi Kristin-

Yes, you just have to cast on an even number.

If you'd like to be informed when we get a new shipment of Magnum please email customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com. They can help you with special orders as well,

Thank you so much for writing in!

Molly
January 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for lovely blanket .I love it.
January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfariba
I love the look of this blanket. However, when I do the k1p1 , k last stitch. I am coming up with a rib pattern even after doing about 6 inches. It doesn't appear as a seed stitch as in the photo and according to your directions. Any help, suggestions will be appreciated.
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Hi Christina-

It seems like you probably cast on an even number of stitches. In order for the stitch pattern to work you must cast on an odd number of stitches. Please count the stitches and let us know if this isn't the problem.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
February 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,
I am looking to make the 11th Hour Blanket and was wondering if you can tell me: how many skeins I will need?
the needle size to use?
would I have to adjust the pattern if I used the the Cascades Super Wash 128 yarn instead of the Magnum?
I am making this for my son who lives in New York and it would definitely need to be able to be washed...
Also if I used the Outer yarn can you help me with the same questions above.
I just picked up knitting so I am definitely in need of help.
Thank you so much in advance!!!
Tami
March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTami
Hi Tami,

Both of the yarns you suggest are quite a bit thinner than the Cascade Magnum, so you'd either have to cast on more stitches or expect a narrower blanket.

If you plan to cast on the same number of stitches and end up with a smaller blanket, then you would need 7 skeins of Superwash 128 or 15 skeins of Outer. (Plus 1 and 2 for the edge, respectively.)

If you'd like to make the same size blanket as ours using either of these thinner yarns, then I'd have to make a guess as to how many skeins you would need. My best guess is about twice as many as I suggested above. So, 14 skeins of Superwash 128 or 30 skeins of Outer.

As for needle size, you'd have to experiment a little because so much depends on your tension. I would guess somewhere between an US #15 and a US #19, but it will involve a little experimentation!

Please let me know if you have any more questions; I'd be happy to help! And thanks for these!

Whitney
March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Great pattern! So cozy!
Do you have a recommendation/technique to reduce the shedding of the wool? I'm still fairly new to knitting and crocheting so haven't done much with wool yarns but have recently dont many projects with 100% wools that shed a quite a bit.
Thanks!
March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
A note to tell you how much I enjoy this site. It is well organized and laid out. The pictures are stunning. I love your list of patterns. The directions are clear. Thanks so much for the eye candy and the inspiration!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hi Carolyn,

Yarns with longer, more loosely spun fibers tend to shed a bit. Cascade Magnum isn't particularly long fibered, but it is loosely spun. Having said that, I wouldn't classify it as a big shedder! Blocking it when you're finished should take care of most of the shedding.

Thanks for asking!

Whitney
March 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you Whitney for the information...just one more question for you.
To keep the same size as your blanket how many extra stitches do you think I need to add if I use either of the Superwash 128 or the Outer yarns?

Love your web site and it keeps me going to see all the projects now to just decide on which projects to do!!!!!!

Tami
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTami
Hi Tami,

The main body of the blanket is 40 inches wide (42 minus 2 inches for each I-cord edge). So what you'll need to do is knit up a seed stitch swatch in your yarn of choice and figure out how many stitches per inch you're knitting. Multiply that number by 40 and that's what you'll cast on! For example, if you get 2 stitches to the inch, then cast on 2 x 40 = 80 stitches.

If you need some help with all that, our Gauge Tutorial might come in handy: http://www.purlbee.com/not-too-tight-tutorial/2006/11/15/not-too-tight-tutorial.html .
Otherwise, I'd be happy to help!

Whitney
April 15, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I finished this blanket a few months ago using Cascade Magnum in pumpkin spice for the body and galaxy for the icord. I absolutely love how thick and cozy it is, but the one trouble I've had with my finished blanket is the amount of fuzz coming off of it. Is there anything I can do to reduce the amount this blanket pills/sheds? I've got pumpkin spice tumbleweeds all over my house!

Thanks!
May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmie
Hi Amie,

Loosely spun fibers do have a tendency to shed, which does diminish over time. Meanwhile, you can try hand washing your blanket (soak it for 15 minutes or so in warm water with gentle detergent, rinse it and squeeze out as much of the excess water as you can) and then drying it in a dryer on the AIR DRY setting for about 10 or 15 minutes. Check your lint trap often.

I hope this helps make your blanket perfect! Thanks for your question!

Whitney
May 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Whitney! I am almost done with this blanket and am wondering what the best method to weave in the ends would be. Between the bulky yarn and the loose knit (I do have the correct gauge) I just don't know how to make the ends secure, at least not in the places where the loose ends are in the middle of a row. Any tips would be appreciated, thank you!
June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
HI Hannah,

Seed stitch is always tricky when it comes to weaving in the ends! I'd recommend trying to weave in the ends on the diagonal, going under purl bumps when you can. It may take a little experimenting!

Thanks for asking and I hope you find a way to finish your blanket that's perfectly satisfying!

Whitney
July 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello. I am making this as a crib blanket for my son.. I am so excited but I cant figure out how many stitches to cast-on if I want the blanket to end up around 33" wide. Please help.
Thank you!
-KJ
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKendal
HI Kendal,

Since the Attached I-cord adds about 3 inches to the finished width, you should cast on 35 stitches for a 30-inch wide rectangle (4 / 3.5 [gauge per 4 inches] = 1.14 [stitches per inch] x 30 = 34 + 1 [for an odd number] = 35).

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

Whitney
September 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterchT
I purchased Spud and Chloe yarn for this project. I am using it as a single thread. Also using a size 15 needle. I started to knit but found that I need additional stitches to make up the 42" wide. I want the blanket this size and am going to crochet around with a thick border. How many stitches should I cast on?

Thanks for your help.
October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanice
Hi Janice-

You'll need to knit a swatch in pattern to find out how many stitches you're getting per inch. From there we can help you figure out how many to cast on.

Thank you!

Molly
October 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this chunky blanket. Making two for my daughters fill-size beds for christmas. How many stitches should I cast on for a full size blanket?
November 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterknit1012
Hi knit1012,

You should determine the width of the blanket you'd like to make and multiply that by the number of stitches you get per inch. For example, the gauge for this pattern is 3 1/2 stitches per 4 inches, which per 1 inch is 7/8 of a stitch (or 0.875). So, if you want to make a 60-inch wide blanket (for example), you'd cast on 60 x 0.875 = 52.5 Choose the closest odd number to cast on (53).

Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one. What lucky daughters!

Whitney
November 20, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Whitney, I also had issues with the Magnum shedding so much that I didn't want to use the blanket so I thought I would share my solution. I put it in the dryer on Delicate for 60 minutes, checking on it every 10 (every dryer is different, so check check check!). This effectively felted the flyaways without felting the whole blanket. I then used a rubber pet hair brush (sold in pet stores for removing hair from furniture) to brush away all the extra loose fuzz (there was a lot). It made a huge difference, and I'm sure as it slightly felts with use it will get even better. I can finally use my beautiful, warm blanket this winter! I'm ecstatic, it was a joy to make and will be a joy to use. Thank you for all your lovely patterns!
December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
This is a wonderful pattern and is coming along really well. A question concerning the Cascade Magnum, which I love! As I am knitting, the yarn is "shedding". Is this the norm ,and if so is, there a "cure" for this?
Thank you. Susan
December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Hi Susan,

The Cascade Magnum is spun quite loosely so it does tend to shed a bit at first. Hand washing the finished blanket will help, as will time.

And please read Hannah's very helpful response before mine. She offers some great advice. Thanks, Hannah!

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

Whitney
January 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello,
I have recently discovered this incredible site so first of all I just want to say how much I love all your patterns and how excited I am by your range projects and yarn! I've been thoroughly over excited these last few days trying to decide on a project and which yarns to use.
I only have size us 50 circular needles and although I could buy some 36 size for this project I am rather attached to my 50s partly because of there speed. I have knitted with this thickness of wool on them before and like the effect, but I was wondering whether using bigger needles would effect the size of the finished blanket and how much wool I would need to use? Also would it be possible to do stripes by having each if the 7 skeins in different colours? Sorry about all the questions I'm new to knitting blankets!
Thanks
Helena
January 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelena
Hi Helena,

Using size 50 needles will most likely result in a bigger blanket (unless you're a very tight knitter), which also means you may need an extra skein or two of yarn.

Stripes sounds beautiful, but keep in mind that, in seed stitch, half the stitches will look "inside out" at the color transition (do an image search of "seed stitch stripes" to see what I'm talking about).

Thanks so much for your questions. Please let us know if you have more and welcome to the Purl Bee!

Whitney
January 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Purl Bee (Molly)

I've already made this blanket - and wanted to try a different bulky yarn. Would your own, Purl Soho super soft bulky merino work? I found the Cascade to be a bit scratchy. the recipient of this next blanket is very sensitive to the softness of the yarn! (who isn't?)
February 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia Judelman
Hi Claudia-

The Super Soft Merino is a bit thinner than the Magnum but it would still make a lovely blanket and be very quick to knit. I would do a gauge swatch with the Super Soft Merino. You might end up liking the looser fabric you get from doubling it and knitting it on size 36 needles.But if it's a bit too loose for your taste you can move down in needle size and just cast on more stitches.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
February 10, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Whitney,

I am just about to put in my order for yarn for this project but had a quick question. Usually on blankets I slip the first stitch (purlwise) to get a nice edge, but I am guessing with the icord edging you wouldn't want to do this as you'd have less stitches on the edge. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance.
February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally
Hi Sally,

Yes, I agree that slipping the first stitch would complicate how you pick up stitches for the Attached I-cord. It would also be unnecessary since you won't in the end see the original selvedge!

Thanks for the great question and I hope you enjoy knitting your Eleventh Hour Blanket!

Whitney
February 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there,

I love the look of this blanket! I was wondering if you are able to convert the pattern so it's suitable for a rectangle knitting loom? I'm new to this all so have just been watching video tutorials as I don't understand the 'language'.

Kind Regards,
Holly
April 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterholly
Hi Holly-

We don't have any experience with knitting looms so unfortunately we offer much advice about that.

This particular pattern isn't the best project to start with for a beginning knitter. Instead we would recommend our Learn to Knit Kit: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8946-Purl-Soho-Learn-to-Knit

Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
April 20, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So I am a very new beginner to knitting. This was actually the third knitting project ever. The seed stitch is a simple stitch to learn and the doubling of the yarn made knitting the entire blanket take a relatively short amount of time. I loved the chunkiness but I ended up making the blanket smaller than the dimensions on here. The edging was more difficult to understand but it was 100% worth it! It sets the blanket off so well. I ended up making a solid blue color with white edging as a wedding present for my sister-in-law. Though I didn't buy the yarn here I still spent 70 bucks at Michaels. I love this blanket and I would do it over and over again if I could afford all that yarn. Also, I saved money by making my own circular knitting needles
June 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbi

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