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Thursday
Sep152011

Whit's Knits: Chevron Baby Blanket

If you lived through the 60s and 70s perhaps you have vivid memories of a chevron afghan. Perhaps you appreciated it at the time; were indifferent to it in the 80s; despised it in the 90s; and have developed a deep affection for it over the past decade, itchy acrylic, zany colors and all!

This knitted Chevron Baby Blanket makes some accommodations both for modernity and for babies. Instead of hard-to-cuddle acrylic, this 100% cotton blanket is as deep and soft and cozy as a cloud. And instead of fast food orange and kitchen appliance avocado, this version is a delicate spectrum of natural colors just right for babies!

The next generation of chevron blankets starts with Blue Sky Cotton. Loosely spun into a uniquely cozy cotton, this is one of our very favorite baby blanket yarns. For delicate skin, it's non-allergenic cotton, and for busy parents, it's machine washable (yay!).

 

The Materials

Get all 7 skein of Worsted Cotton in one place with our Yarn for Chevron Baby Blanket kit. It comes in two pretty colorways:

Dandelion

These colors, from the top, are Lemongrass, Lemonade, Bone, Tulip, Drift, Sleet, and Graphite.

Sky

These colors, from the top, are Indigo, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Tulip, Drift, Sleet and Ash.

The Pattern

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch with yarn doubled

Finished Size

26 x 33 inches

Notes

For this pattern you'll use the Blue Sky Cotton doubled. The best way to double yarn is to 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!

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.

Begin

With the Lemongrass (doubled!), cast on 100 stitches. (Try not to leave too long a tail when you cast on. You'll probably need the entire skein to finish the first stripe. If you end up one row short, don't worry! No one will notice!)

**Row 1 (right side): 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 until you have knit the entire skein (which should be nine more times).***

Change to the Lemonade color and repeat from ** to ***.

Change to the Bone color and repeat from ** to ***.

Continue in this pattern for the next three colors, changing colors at the end of each skein. The next color will be Tulip, followed by Drift, and then Sleet.

For the final color (Graphite), repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have about 8 yards of yarn left (or nine times). Work 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!

Reader Comments (286)

Hi Katherine,

I'm sorry we don't have a video of this bind off, but it may help you to think about this as just continuing the stitch pattern as you did it all along, only now, binding off a stitch between each step. So instead of knit into the front and back, it's knit into the front, bind off, knit into the back, bind off.

I hope this helps break it down a little. I want you to finish your blanket too! Good luck!
Whitney
January 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
hi! I have the same doubt as Katherine... I can´t understand that part :s
can you help us? =))
January 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiriam
Hi Miriam-

Please see Whitney's response to Katherine, above your comment.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
January 14, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished this blanket and i love it so much I'm making a larger version for my couch! I ordered twice the yarn and I plan to use the cast on you suggested in another comment. Do you think I should switch to a 40" cord to knit this larger version? I think I used the 32" on the baby blanket. And also do u think twice the yarn will work for the blanket size? Thanks so much for your help!!
January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandace
I kind of want to cry. I frogged the first stripe 4 times and finally got it right and then as it went on, Idk what is happening. I'm being super cautious about my counting and I'm 5 stitches short. After so much frogging I decided to just keep going and now its going diagonal. Sighhh I am on the 6th color and the thought of restarting makes me so sad. What could I be doing wrong?! I guess when you have 2 boys and a newborn the moral of the story is not to knit when they're awake;)
January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlacy
HI Lacy,

I'm so sorry to hear your story! It sounds like you have a lot on your plate with the newborn and the two kids, and this pattern does demand some concentration. I imagine that you just lost count somewhere along the way. The only other explanation I can think of is that you may have a misunderstanding of how to knit into the front and back. You can double check your technique here: http://purlbee.squarespace.com/increase-tutorial/

Please don't lose heart and good luck!
Whitney
January 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Candace,

If you already have a 32 inch needle I would try it. It will definitely be possible, and if after you begin you don't like it, then you can always buy a 40 inch. But this way, at least, there's the possibility of not having to buy another needle!

Also, you will actually need four times the yarn because the 48 x 72 inch size is more than twice the width and almost twice the length.

Thanks for your questions!
Whitney
January 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
in colors for blue sky cotton, i can't find bone, drift or sleet. Are these yarns still available?
February 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercr.boggs@charter.net
Hi cr-

These colors are still available, just sold out at the moment. Please drop up a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com if you'd like to get an email when they come back in stock.

Thanks!

Molly
February 3, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I really, really love the pattern and the colors chosen are perfect for my impending arrival. I am ready to order yarn, but the Bone is discontinued. I'm not sure if it's my advanced pregnant state or the fact that I should already be in bed, but I cannot figure out what color I should order to replace the Bone.
Could anybody out there offer up a suggestion? My brain is pudding.....
February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal Payne
Hi Val-

"Bone" is not discontinued but it is on backorder. If you want us to get in touch when it comes back in stock please send an email to customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com. Or you might try calling our NYC store to see if they have a skein- 212-420-8796.

Otherwise I think "Honeydew" would be a nice replacement if you wanted to go a bit more green and "Dandelion" would be good if you wanted to make a it a bit brighter and cheerier.

Thanks for your question and good luck!

Molly
February 6, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Any brilliant tips on the join you typically use when starting a new color? I've done stranded colorwork and have a few methods I use, but wondered if you have a go-to for this blanket specifically.
February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie
Hi Maggie-

We always recommend just starting a new color the same way as a new ball- at the beginning of a row, without tying a knot, and then weaving in the ends later. For this blanket always make sure to start the new color on row 1 of the pattern.

Thank you for your question!

Molly
February 6, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am sighing over this blanket's chevron pattern and the color palette. I would love to make a crochet version for a pregnant friend, as the colors are very gender non-specific.

However, I'm afraid my budget can't handle nearly a hundred bucks' worth of yarn for one tiny blanket...any other recommendations for baby-friendly, machine washable, cotton-based yarns?
February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Errant Cook
Hi Errant Cook-

Thanks so much for your nice comment. We don't have anything less expensive that's in this gauge and cotton. We find the blue sky cotton to be a really great value because it's soft, washable, and comes in a fairly long skein but of course you are free to knit it in any yarn you like!

Thank you for writing in.

Molly
February 21, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
i love this pattern and have just finished the lemongrass (bought the same colors you used) now i'm ready to start the next color, but my last row was row 1 (rs) now i'm adding the new color to row 2 (ws) am i going to get a dash on the right side? is there really a wrong and right side?
and when i start the 3rd color do i need to start it on the wrong side again?
i'm in love with all your patterns! thanks for all your great ideas!
jackie
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjackie
Hi Jackie,

The two sides are slightly different: one shows the decreases and the other the increases, but as long as you're happy with the increase side being the "front", then you're good to go! Just make sure you consistently start all new colors on the same side. I only specified right and wrong side in the pattern in order to convey this concept!

Thank you so much for making our blanket and good luck!
Whitney
February 22, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Wow! I have the overwhelming urge to snuggle into that! What are the options if you wish for something bigger...say a throw? BTW great job on everything and as a semi pro photographer I love your photos...do you have your own studio or do you use available light and environment?
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermamma J
I just completed this blanket and absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing the pattern - I shall definitely make another one in the future!
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWaywardLeaf
HI Mamma J,

You can cast on any multiple of 14 plus 2. The gauge in the chevron stitch pattern is 3.85 stitches = 1 inch. So when you know how wide you want your blanket, multiply the width by 3.85 (equals X). Cast on whatever number is closest to X and is also a multiple of 14 plus 2.

Confused? Just let me know what dimensions you have in mind and I'd be happy to tell you how many stitches to cast on!

Thanks for asking!
Whitney
February 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
could you give some color suggestions for a girly version of this blanket. i personally love the green/grey however, i'd like to make this for a baby girl. could you just substitute the greens for pinks or equal shades? whatchya think?
March 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
I made this blanket for my daughter when she was expecting her second baby as we didn't know what the sex was . I bought the wool in England and although expensive is worth every penny ! It's gorgeous . My daughter loves it - so does my GRANDSON .
Thank you for the pattern
March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz J
I absolutely love this blanket, and I'd really like to make one for our baby (currently in utero). I have a question though...
When making the blanket, about how much from each skein do you use? I was considering making it with less colors, and wondering if I could do it with not as many skeins. 7 skeins at $13.50 a skein makes it a $94.50 baby blanket - more than I want to spend, for sure.

If I really do need all of it, could you possibly suggest a yarn good for this pattern, but lower in price?

Thanks so much for the pattern! Hoping this will work out for me!
March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Hi Emily,

You do use most of each skein of yarn, so unless you want to make a smaller blanket, you probably wouldn't want to go with fewer colors.

A great alternative might be Cascade Superwash 128: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/6355-Cascade-Yarns-Superwash-128 . You wouldn't have to double this yarn so you could choose only 4 colors and get the full size blanket. It is $14.95 a skein and machine washable and very soft.

Congratulations on your soon-to-be baby! And please let us know if you have any more questions!

Whitney
March 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Would someone like to translate this pattern for me? I searched the web for a pattern like this and I found some...but this is so beautiful and cuddly :)
Thanks for answer!
Gine
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGine
I felt the sample blanket in the store this weekend and thought it was a bit heavy for what I was looking for. I bought 2 of the Blue Sky cotton skeins to get started with some gauges. I tried knitting the pattern with one strand on Size 11 needles as recommended, but now its quite loose and the pattern doesn't seem as vibrant. Before I play with more changes, any suggestions on a slightly looser version than what the pattern prescribes? Maybe stick with the double strand, but on larger needles and fewer stitches? Or continue with single strand and more stitches, but on smaller needles? How big of a needle differential should I consider? I haven't ever really resized a pattern before. Thanks in advance!
April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hello! As a follow up to your recommendation for the cascade superwash, you said she could use only 4 colors and have the same size blanket and not double the yarn. Would we modify the instructions then to repeat rows 1 & 2 18 times since with the 7 skeins it says repeat rows 1 & 2 nine times? With only four colors, I'm a little confused how this works out the same as 7 skeins. Sorry, can you help so that I understand and don't end up with a mini blanket?
April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
Hi Karen,

Yes, either of your suggestions would be good to explore: a double strand with a bigger needle (try a US #13) or a single strand with a smaller needle (maybe a US #8 or 9).

Once you like the weight and tension of your knitting, you'll need to determine the gauge you're getting. Here's a tutorial to help you figure that out: http://www.purlbee.com/not-too-tight-tutorial/ . Multiply the number of stitches per inch by the desired width and cast on the number that is closest to that but is also a multiple of 14 plus 2. If you need help with this step, please write back with your final gauge and I can tell you how many to cast on!

Thanks for your questions!
Whitney
April 3, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Ashley,

I think you may be confused because you don't have to double the Cascade Superwash 128, so you need much less overall yardage.

Anyway, to break it down...

If with the Cascade Superwash 128 you're getting the same gauge as this pattern, you can plan for a finished length of 33 inches or so. So, I would just knit for about 8 inches with each of the four colors, however many rows that is. You can expect to probably use the entirety of each skein.

I hope this answers your questions. Please let us know if you have more!

Thanks!
Whitney
April 3, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Molly, thank you for a wonderful pattern.
It was my second knitting project ever but found it very easy to follow. I want to make more! I shared it with MADE readers this week, with photos of my new baby on top:
http://www.danamadeit.com/2012/03/celebrate-baby-the-knitted-chevron-blanket-done.html
Thanks for your lovely site!
- Dana
April 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdana
Hi Dana-

Thank you for the very nice post!

I just wanted to clarify something though- I did not design this blanket. The majority of the knitting projects on our site are designed and knit by Whitney Van Nes. Her projects are called "Whit's Knits". I design many of the sewing projects, under the title "Molly's Sketchbook" and a third contributer, Laura, does a little bit of everything in her "Laura's Loop" column. There are 5 people that work on the Bee all together, including Joelle Hoverson and Page Norman, the owners of our company, Purl Soho: http://purlsoho.com/purl.

I answer a lot of the comments so I understand your confusion but I just wanted to make it clear that this is not my personal blog and that Whitney made this gorgeous blanket.

Thanks again so much for the nice post on your blog!

- Molly

ps- Your baby is adorable!
April 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you! I love that you guys actually take the time to answer our questions! I appreciate it so much!
April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
A friend of mine wanted me to knit a baby blanket for her, and I came across this pattern (I love looking through all the Purl Bee patterns...) I found that knitting in garter stitch ate up way too much yarn, so I was able to adapt it for stockinette, and it came out beautifully. I added a few rib stitches on either side so it didn't curl as much.

I also had trouble with the kfb the first few times I tried the pattern, maybe it would be good to specify "kfb in the next two stitches" rather than "kfb two times."

Really great pattern (I can't wait to make it again), thanks for sharing!
April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat
I am not finding the color "steel" any recommendations for a substitute for that color??
April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDara
Hi Dara-

If you'd like to be notified when Sleet comes back in stock please drop us an email here: customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com. Or, you might want to substitute the color "stone" instead.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
April 23, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! Thank you! I guess what i meant was Sleet not steel, but regardless, I actually put Stone in my basket in place of the Sleet! Thanks so much for your reply! I had messaged customer service and someone responded to me from there, too :) thanks again!
April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDara
I'm so glad the tide has turned and baby blankets/clothing doesn't have to be all pastel like. Just finished an ecru baby blanket, with tufts of yellow in the yarn......... I love that people are not thinking pink & blue any longer!
May 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersue
This pattern is great! Easy but so pretty. I just finished this blanket in a twin size. It came out 46" wide by 61" long. I used size 11 needles, a double strand of Blue Sky's worsted cotton, and cast on 156 stitches. It took 18 skeins of yarn (2 skeins for each of 9 stripes); I used ocean blues and greens.
May 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamD
I love this blanket but is it too hard for a beginner? I have never used circular needles. I have looked for crochet patterns but can't find any as cute as this. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
May 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
HI Cheryl,

Although there aren't any tricky stitches or manoeuvres, this blanket might be a little difficult for a beginner because it involves some counting and it's not so obvious when you make a mistake. But, if you have a lot confidence and enjoy a bit of a challenge, then I would certainly encourage you to give it a shot!

The circular needles, in this case, are used because there are too many stitches to fit onto a straight needle. Circular needles also help to distribute the weight of the blanket as you knit. There's no trick to it, you just put flip the work around at the end of each row, putting the needle in your right hand into your left hand and the needle in your left hand into your right hand. Easy!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
May 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I absolutely loved this blanket from the moment I saw it! I ordered the exact colors you used, and was so excited to start. HOWEVER, I have started, and re-started 5 times now, and cannot get the correct number of stitches. I start out with 100, but end up with more than I should after row 1 and row 2. I understand the KFB, and have been doing that correctly, I believe. Any hints on what I might be doing or not doing? I am about ready to just straigt knit each row, with no pattern, but not quite ready to give up yet....

Thank you SO much!
May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal Larson
What the letters ssk stand for? I have done a lot of knitting and have never come across it before. Thank You! Ann in Fairdale,ND
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Gilbertson
Hi Anna-

SSK means, slip, slip, knit. In the pattern, if you click on the first ssk mention it will lead you to this link, which is a longer description: http://www.purlbee.com/decrease-tutorial/

Thanks for your question!

Molly
June 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Val,

I'm so sorry to hear about your frustrating start! Are you getting the correct stitch count after the first row (86 stitches)? If so, then you can at least isolate the problem to the second row. In that case, you may want to review our kfb tutorial here: http://www.purlbee.com/increase-tutorial/ . And otherwise, I guess my best suggestion is a clear head, good light and a deep breath!

I hope it works out. Please let us know if we can help again!
Whitney
June 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this blanket, but this yarn is a little bit outside my budget...any other yarn you suggest that would work for this pattern?
June 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
Hi Courtney-

Since we only carry natural fibers we don't have many more less expensive options in this gauge and softness. Cascade 220 would work but it's 100% wool and thus isn't machine washable, but it comes in some great colors! http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/649-Cascade-Yarns-Cascade-220

But, of course, you can use any worsted weight yarn that you like. Just make sure you have 150 yards of each color and that you're getting the correct gauge. Sorry we can't be of more help and thanks so much for writing in!

Molly
June 11, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Firstly, thank you for such an inspiring site - you make me feel like I can do things I've never done before! This is the third project I've done from the site, and each have contained new techniques. I wanted to knot a baby blanket for my new boss and loved this, but needed to start straight away and this yarn is very scarce in the UK (and so expensive here!).

I weighed up the options and found some chunky baby yarn by King Cole which knits up on 8mm needles - it arrived this lunchtime and I'm already halfway through the first stripe!

For anyone who's intimidated by the stitches, don't be - id never tried kfb or ssk before but it's so simple!

I do have some questions though:

1) when I start the new colour, should I literally just leave a good tail and start knitting with the new yarn? Usually when I start a new ball of the same thread, I knot a few stitches with both yarns but I can't do that here!

2) your blanket has very obvious raised ribs at the points of the chevron but mine don't look that obvious - its not a big problem but wondering if it's the chunky yarn or I'm doing something wrong?

Bit scared about the bind off but got a long way to go yet!
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I'm so excited to hear you've had success machine washing the Blue Sky Cotton yarn. I love the feel of it, but have been hesitant to use it for a baby blanket because it is labeled hand wash. Did you also machine dry it? Does it need to be washed gently to avoid pilling? Thanks for you help!
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Hi Kate... For this yarn, we recommend machine wash (on a gentle cycle) and then laying flat to dry. There will be a bit of pilling with wear and tear. Hope this helps. -Laura
June 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Sorry about my previous message - my over zealous spell checker kept changing 'knit' to 'knot'! I meant when I start a new ball I usually knit a few stitches with both yarns before dropping the original but can't do that with a new colour! I've been leaving a tail but struggling to keep it together so I've tied the tails in a bow for now. Any hints on a better way, or the best way to securely weave in the ends so they don't come loose?

The pattern has emerged now I've done more and it's looking lovely - now halfway through stripe 3, despite baking 100 cupcakes yesterday and teaching a cake class today. I'll be done in no time!
June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

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