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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 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 20 row section. The next color will be Tulip, followed by Drift, and then Sleet.

For the final color (Graphite), repeat Rows 1 and 2 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 (262)

Rachel... Have you checked out our extensive tutorial about weaving in ends. I think you would find it helpful. Here is the link: http://www.purlbee.com/weaving-in-ends-tutorial/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html
-Laura
June 24, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have just finished knitting this beautiful baby blanket. It is a gift for friend's first baby. I machine washed it as you said it could be even though the mfg said hand wash. Anything for baby should be machine wash. I knew because the yarn is soft it would shed if washed with anything rough like towels. I washed it alone in a front load machine on delicate cold water. Washed fine no color bleeding. I put it in the dryer on low heat with some sheets to help speed up the drying. Even though the sheets are smooth there was some shedding and a little pilling on the blanket. Overall it was fine. I am sure the shedding will eventually stop. Because this blanket is so thick it takes a long time to dry. Thanks for the great project.

Ellen
July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Do you have instructions to bind off if the last row knit was Row 2 instead of Row 1?
July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hi Karen,

I haven't actually done it, but I imagine that I would work the decreases and pass those stitches over just like a normal bind off. So, I would: k1, ssk, pass the ssk over, k10 binding off as usual, k2tog, pass it over, ssk, pass it over, etc.

Please let me know if this is anything less than satisfying and we'll work it out!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
July 23, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I finished this a couple of weeks ago and the recipient loved it - by far this has been my favourite and most rewarding project to date. I would love to make a grown up version of this, and I'm just wondering if anyone has done the same - id like to make it for a double (4'6" bed) in a chunky or super chunky yarn - if anyone could suggest a yarn, and tell me how much you needed, that would be great. My brain is a bit frazzled today and I can't seem to calculate anything!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I just finished this, and absolutely love it! I think we are all making the bind off instructions harder than they are. The confusing part is where you do the increase (knit in front of the stitch, but don't take it off the needle; bind off; knit in back of the stitch; bind off-(do this twice-just like you did the increase (knit in front and in back of the same stitch) twice-it is basically the same as this increase stitch you do in the body of the blanket, just adding on the bind off in the middle, I think.
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal
Hi Whitney, that is exactly what I tried and it worked perfectly. Thank you again for your help!
July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hi! I think I'm going to make the most foolish question anyone had asked you... but I'm confused so I'm going to ask :P

When you say "Row 2 (wrong side): K6, *knit into front and back (kfb) 2 times etc" knit is knit or because of the fact that I work on the wrong side must do purl in order to look like knit at the right side?

Thank you for your time
Kind regards,
Lena
August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLena
I'm already to get started on this pattern, and just found out that the intended recipient is going to arrive a littler sooner than planned. With that said, how long does it take to make this blanket? I am a moderately experienced knitter. Could I do this in a very caffeinated weekend?
August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Putting my pride to one side, I found each stripe took me between 3-4 hours and I am not a fast knitter - overall knitting time was probably between 20 & 25 hours for me, so if you're a much quicker knitter you may well be able to turn this around in a weekend if you knit solidly! Maybe one of the Purl staff can advise on how long it would take someone more experienced :)
August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi,

I just finished this blanket and it is beautiful! I am so happy with it. One concern I have is washing it. This is my first blanket I have ever done and the blue sky yarn said that it is not machine washable. However, people on here seem to think that it will be fine. Are there any tips to putting it into the wash? Do I need to do anything special? Do I use the detergent I use on normal clothes to wash with? I appreciate any of your insite!

Thanks!
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJPierce
Hi Lena,

No questions are foolish around here! The answer to your question is that you do actually knit. This is what creates the garter stitch (knitting on both sides). If you purled, then the blanket would be in stockinette stitch (knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side).

And just FYI, modern knitting patterns always say knit when they mean knit and purl when they mean purl. Things would get crazy very quickly if they didn't!

Thanks for asking and good luck!
Whitney
August 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi JPierce,

Yes, you can wash Blue Sky Cotton, but as with all hand knits, you want to treat your blanket delicately. First, use a gentle detergent, something natural and free of harsh chemicals. Set your washer to a cold water, gentle cycle. And when it's done, remove the blanket and lay it flat on a towel to dry. (I never put hand knits in the drier, although I'm sure some people do!).

Thanks for the great questions and I'm so happy your blanket turned out well!

Whitney
August 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to use #4 medium worsted and use a single strand- with a size 11 needle? Will I be able to do this?
My grandaughter doesn't want me to use cotton.

Fran
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFran Oakes
Personally I wouldn't use a #11 needle if you're going to use a single strand as it will be quite open, I would have thought, and might not look too neat. I'd use whatever needle is recommended for your yarn and do more repeats on the width, or just use 2 strands together as suggested.

I used a single strand of King Cole Comfort Chunky with an 8mm needle which was the suggested size for the yarn - did the same number if repeats but it came out slightly bigger.
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Fran,

It all depends on how tightly or loosely you knit and also on what your taste is. Probably, unless you're a very tight knitter, your knitting will be quite loose with a #11 needle and one strand of worsted weight yarn. If you don't like the way that looks you'll want to do as Rachel says, either go down a needle size (or two or three) or double the yarn. And depending on what you decide, you may also want to cast on an extra repeat or two.

Let me know if you have any more questions! Thank you for this one, and thank you, Rachel, for your kind answer!

Whitney
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
No problem - I love this pattern (and many others here) as I learnt so much from it, I think everyone should make at least one! In fact, I'm now working on a full size crochet version!

For anyone who doesn't know about it, I'd suggest joining Ravelry so you can see what everyone else has done - hundreds of people have made this in all types of yarn, which means you can see what yarn and needles they used and how it turned out :)
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
I've made two of these now and they come out so nicely!

I can't afford the pricey yarns either, but I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" (the acrylic worsted weight), and while I'm sure it's not as cuddly as the quality stuff, it comes out plenty soft for a baby.

Thanks for sharing this awesome pattern! I will definitely be using it over again!
http://www.mickismenagerie.blogspot.com/2012/09/summer-projects-and-crafting.html
September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMicki
HiHi! Oh wowwwwwwww....Amazing work! I love your blankee!

And all the colors are perfect! However, I want to used worst acylic yarn
and do an ombre color palate from light blue to a darker blue.

I think I've read every comment here and I don't see where the SIZE of Knit Needle is mentioned....what is it?

Thanks so much! Can't wait to get started on my first chevron blankee for my new grandbaby. :)
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyRae
This may be a silly question, but this is my first time attempting a chevron pattern. Why when you switch to lemongrass do you then skip k1, ssk in the first row? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersamm
I simply can't wait to get your pattern a go! I've been looking for a Knitted version for a while now and this looks Perfect! I will be back with my finished blankee!Thanks so much :)
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyRae
I have a question....I only have a 10.5 size needle and I'm using caron simply soft doubled. When making up a swatch I get 4 stitches = 1". The pattern wants 3 stitches=1". What can I do?
September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyRae
Wow, I feel rather silly! i just looked at the pattern again on the website and realized my printer must have left out the second *. Ignore my last comment. Thanks.
September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersamm
Hi- quick question from a new knitter. I am about to change colours and am a bit confused. I have looked at some tutorials and the one that makes the most sense to me is attached the two yarns with a knot.. The problem I see with this is that you can see the colors changed on the wrong side of the blanket. Is this normal? I would like the blanket to be as flawless as possible. This is the tutorial I found: http://video.about.com/knitting/How-to-Knit-Stripes.htm

Is this how you would recommend I join the yarn and start the second row? Another way was that I just cut the old yarn and leave a tail and then use the second colour and just start knitting with it? I have done this when knitting on sleeves but I am not sure if I could do this with this particular project.

Not sure if this makes sense at all or if I am sounding crazy.. :P
September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

You don't sound crazy at all. We get this question a lot :)

We recommend the second method you describe. In our opinion a knot is always less neat that simply weaving in the long tails.

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

Thank you for writing in!

Molly
September 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi KimberlyRae-

To get a larger gauge you will unfortunately have to use larger needles. But since it sounds like you want to use the needle you have you will just have to cast on more stitches. If you're getting 4 stitches per inch you can cast of 128 and then just follow the pattern as written.

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

Best-

Molly
September 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I’m using this pattern to make a blanket for a friend’s baby. I’m having trouble casting off. I knit 5, then knit in the front of the next stitch, slip new stitch to left needle and bind off (the new stitch I made w/ the existing stitch). Then do I bind off the nxt stitch before I knit in the back of the next stitch or do I keep working w/ the same stitch? Because it just becomes a long chain. I’m so confused. Your help would be so appreciated! Thanks.
September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMara
I’m using this pattern to make a blanket for a friend’s baby. I’m having trouble casting off. I knit 5, then knit in the front of the next stitch, slip new stitch to left needle and bind off (the new stitch I made w/ the existing stitch). Then do I bind off the nxt stitch before I knit in the back of the next stitch or do I keep working w/ the same stitch? Because it just becomes a long chain. I’m so confused. Your help would be so appreciated! Thanks.
September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMara
For the kfb on the cast off row, you do the normal KFB but after you've knit through the front you keep the stitch on the left needle, bind off the stitch you've just made, then knit into the back of the same stitch on the left needle, drop that stitch from the left needle and bind off the stitch you've just made. Essentially, follow the stitch pattern but bind off every stitch on the right needle as you make it - the only difference is that for the KFB stitches you're making two stitches into one, but you still bind off every stitch on the right needle as you make them. It sounds complicated but it's not :)
October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Mara,

I love when readers help each other out! Thank you, Rachel! She's right. The bind off really isn't complicated, although lots of people get caught up with it. Just think about continuing the stitch pattern but binding off as usual between every single step.

Please let me know if you can't figure it out and we'll work it out!

Whitney
October 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just love knitting this blanket.

I'd like to try a lighter weight version for summer babies using a single strand of the blue sky cotton. How many stitches would you recommend casting on?

Are there any other considerations I should be aware of?

Thank you!
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
Hi Cynthia,

If you'd like to make it in a different gauge the best thing to do would be to knit a swatch and figure out how many stitches you're getting per inch in the new gauge and then multiply that number by how many inches wide you want your blanket to be. You will need to cast on a multiple of 14 plus 2 stitches for the stitch pattern to work so you might have to round up or down.

For example, if with one strand, your gauge is 5 stitches to the inch and you want to keep the original size (26 inches), you would figure out 5 x 26 = 130. Then you would find that 14 x 9 = 126 + 2 = 128 stitches!

If once you know your gauge, you need help figuring out how many to cast on I'd be happy to help!

Thanks for asking and good luck!
Whitney
October 8, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Sorry if this has already been addressed...I made 2 baby blankets from this pattern and have gotten many compliments! Now I have a person interested in this same pattern but in an adult sized throw....has anyone attempted this??? Wanting an idea on time, how much yarn, pattern etc! Thanks so much!
October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
Hi Lindsay,

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!

Also, a reader named PamD left a very helpful comment detailing her experiences with increasing the size. She says. "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." Sounds nice! (By the way, it sounds like Pam knit at a slightly looser gauge to get her 46 inches, more like 3.4 to the inch.)

Thanks for asking and good luck!
Whitney
November 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you! I'll give it a try!
November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
Decided to try and make a swatch, to see if it was not to complicated for me. Everything went smoothly with the pattern. I was not looking forward to the bind off row, but thanks to all the comments posted on it, I got it right on my first try. Love the pattern and am now going to shop for yarn.
November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilda
I figured out the bind off - almost! The instructions say to "bind off 5 stitches" but, if you were to just knit row 2, it would be a "knit 6." Why isn't the bind off row "bind off 6 stitches"? Thank you!!!!!
November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison K
Hi Allison,

Great question! The answer is that when you bind off 5 stitches, you actually have to knit 6 because to bind off the first stitch, you knit 2. Does that make sense? Kind of confusing, I know!

Congratulations on being so close to the end and thanks for your question!

Whitney
November 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is there a video on this? I'm new to anything other than a purl and knit kind of knitting but I love this blanket and would love to make it... just can't quite understand the directions :(
December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteritslaurney
Hi itslaurney-

Unfortunately we don't have a video on this but we are happy to help you with any specific questions you might have. If you've never knit anything from a pattern you might want to start with something smaller like a hat or a pair of mittens to get used to the language.

Thank you for your question-

Molly
December 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have casted on the first colour (i.e. lemongrass) and have knit the 1st 18 rows. According to the pattern, I have 2 more rows to go. But I think I only have enough yarn left in the skein to do one more row. Which leaves me at 19 rows instead of 20. That would mean starting the second skein color on the wrong side ...

Should I just stop at row 18 and begin the next colour? Should I knit the 19th row and then start the second colour? If I do the latter, would I then continue to knit only 20 rows and have to change colors on the wrong side each time? Or would it be best to knit either 19 or 21 rows of the 2nd color to get back on track?

Your help would be greatly appreciated!
December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
Hi Monica,

Regardless of what you decide, you will want to change colors on the same side every time, and that side will be the "front".

So, if you don't care which side of the blanket is the front, then I would say to knit 19 rows of the Lemongrass and then 19 or 21 of the following colors. Remember that the wrong side is now the right side and vice versa.

If however, you really do prefer the proper "right" side as the front, then yes, finish with Row 18 of the Lemongrass and knit 20 of the following colors.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions and good luck!
Whitney
December 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi I'm about to attempt this blanket and I'm teaching myself as I go so excuse any silly questions but I am trying to make a larger version and So far I have 40 inches wide so therefore I'm casting on 154 stitches. I was wondering if my maths is correct? Also if I alter the original size does it change the pattern itself in any way to allow for the increase of cast on stitches? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks :)
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMer
Hi Mer-

154 stitches won't work for this project. For this pattern to work you need to cast on a multiple of 14 plus 2 stitches and you should be getting 3 stitches per inch. So, to make a 40-inch wide blanket here's how you'd do the math:

3 (stitches per inch) X 40 (your desired width)= 120 stitches, rounded to the nearest multiple of 14= 126 +2= 128 stitches to cast on.

The pattern won't be altered if you make sure to cast on a multiple of 14 + 2 stitches.

Thank you for your question and please let us know if you need any more help going forward!

Best- Molly
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpurl bee
I apologize if you've already answered this question. Do you recommend blocking this blanket when it's done? if so how does machine washing effect the blocking after I give it to the new mom?
January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStudioat7199
I'd love to knit this blanket for a July baby, However, i think it might be too heavy.

Any recommendations?

Thank you!
January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercynthia
Hi Studloat,

I didn't feel that the blanket needed blocking when I was finished, but if you feel like your stitches could use a little neatening, then go ahead and give it a gentle block.

As far as machine washing goes, it won't mess up your careful blocking because machine washing is an awful lot like blocking! I'd never recommend machine drying a handknit, so after machine washing, tell the new parents that they should lay the blanket out flat to dry. That should keep the blanket in great shape!

Thanks for your questions and I hope your gift is a big success!
Whitney
January 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Cynthia,

The gauge of the pattern is pretty big, so whatever you pick is going to be fairly thick. The Blue Sky Cotton that I used may be your best bet, since it is, after all, 100% cotton.

If you'd like to use a thinner yarn but make the blanket the same size, you should figure out your gauge and then cast on the appropriate multiple of 14 plus 2.

Having said that, I think even for a July baby the Blue Sky Cotton would be great because in the summer months it's perfect for tummy time on the floor. And as the baby grows and the weather cools, it can then become more of a stroller blanket for chilly rides!

Thanks for your question and please let me know if you have more!
Whitney
January 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm currently making this gem for my babe due in may. My question is :it says to repeat rows 1 and 2 9 more times after I have completed them each once, how many rows would that make until I need to switch colors. Is it 9 times each row bringing the total to 20 rows or is it 11 rows? This is my first knitting project, obviously. Thanks!
January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon t
Hi Shannon,

It's a total of twenty rows: Rows 1 and 2 (that's 2 rows), then Rows 1 and 2 nine more times (that's 2 x 9 = 18) = 20 rows!

I hope this clarifies things for you! Thanks for your question and good luck!

Whitney
January 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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