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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 (264)

So I got off counting on my last row. What do I do? Can I take out the row and start it over? Or do I have to start the entire project over?!? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen B
HI Jen B,

Yes, if the last row went awry, then you can just take out that row and continue on as if nothing ever happened!

Thanks for your question!

Whitney
January 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
As a fairly novice knitter, I made this blanket with very little struggle and it came out beautifully - my baby boy looks adorable kicking around on it! I adjusted one or two of the colors to my own taste (more bluish grays in the middle) and I just love it. It machine washes and dries like a dream! Thanks for a lovely pattern.
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi! I've just started knitting this blanket for my nephew and so far it's so pretty (and really easy since this is my first blanket!).
I was wondering if you had any thoughts/advice on sewing a backing fabric on one side. I know the blanket itself is reversible, but for added warmth (and wind blocking) I thought maybe I could sew on a plush white fabric to one side. Do you think this could work? Or would it detract from the pattern and softness of the finished product? Thanks for any help/advice you can give!
January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy
I'm working on my first color of the pattern and am nearing the end of the pattern repeats. However, even though I am diligently marking off each row as I go, I managed to lose track of which side I am on. How can I tell if I am on the right or the wrong side? I tried counting my rows, but it's hard to see which side my first row starts on because it kind of blends in with the cast on edge. I feel like this is a silly question, but I'm going nuts trying to answer it! Thank you!
January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis
Quick question - I'm a self-taught knitter and have never worked with a circular needle before. If I understand correctly, we're basically knitting a "tube" correct? The blanket pictured isn't just folded in half, it actually makes a tube of sorts?

If that's correct, is there a way to knit this so it's a flat blanket rather than a tube? Perhaps knit it in two or three panels, then combine them together?

Thanks!
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker
Hi Amy-

While this project does use circular needles it is not knitted in the round, (or in a tube.) It is just knit back and forth like you would on straight needles. The cable that connects the needles is used to hold the wide width of blanket.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

Molly
January 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks, Molly! I figured it out once I actually started knitting it. =) I'm halfway through my first color and it's looking wonderful. Thanks again! Amy
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker
I apologize if I'm posting this twice, but I don't see my comment anywhere!
I'm working on my first color of the pattern and am nearing the end of the pattern repeats. However, even though I am diligently marking off each row as I go, I managed to lose track of which side I am on. How can I tell if I am on the right or the wrong side? I tried counting my rows, but it's hard to see which side my first row starts on because it kind of blends in with the cast on edge. I feel like this is a silly question, but I'm going nuts trying to answer it! Thank you!
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis
Hi Alexis-

Your original comment is posted 5 comments above this one. Whitney will be answering your question within a few days. Because of the volume of knitting questions she gets she can't answer them all immediately. I (Molly) am the comment moderator but I'm not an expert knitter so I can only answer the more basic ones myself :)

Thanks for your patience!

Molly
January 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Joy,

It would be definitely be possible to sew a back on this blanket but may be a bit of a challenge. First of all, you'll have to negotiate the chevron shaped ends. Secondly, it's always a little tricky to maintain the drape and stretch of a knit fabric when you attach a cloth fabric to it. But, that being said, people do it all the time and it sounds like a really nice idea!

Thanks so much for asking and for making this blanket!

Whitney
January 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Alexis,

Not a silly question! I still have such a hard time counting rows too! In this case though, you really don't need to. Just count how many stitches are on your needle and If you have 86, you just finished a right side row, and if you have 100, you just finished a wrong side row!

By the way, once you've added a new color, the right and wrong sides will become very obvious, so you won't have to worry so much about it!

Thanks for your question and good luck!

Whitney
January 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you so so much for the help :) I can't wait to get started again!
January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis
Hello,

I am a very, very beginner knitter and decided it would be easier for me to write out each step and then check it off as I complete it on that row, otherwise I'm afraid I won't be able to remember where I am. Anyways, on the wrong side when you are completing the KFB (2 times) and K10 pattern until the last 8 stitches will you end on a KFB (2 times) stitch and not do the K10? So the last 3 things in the row would be KFB (2 times), KFB (2 times), K6.

Thank you!
January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie,

No, you will end with K10, leaving 8 stitches remaining. Then you will kfb 2 times, k6.

Just so you know, when a knitting pattern tells you to repeat something, it always means the WHOLE thing unless it says otherwise. I know it's very hard for beginners to know what is assumed in a pattern, but the more you follow, the more you'll learn!

Thanks so much for your question and good luck!

Whitney
February 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just switched colors. (which I have never done! I was so nervous!) Maybe this is obvious, but the second color is creating a kind of line through the last row of the original color. It is on the wrong side, I think? Is this normal? Am I doing it right?
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen B
HI Jen B-

Yes, the little line is normal and it's on the wrong side. It sounds like you're doing it right!

Thanks for writing in!

M
February 15, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Does this pattern call for Blue Sky - Skinny Cotton? or Blue Sky - Worsted Cotton? There are so many Blue Sky Cotton Yarns to choose from! I just want to be sure I order the right stuff! :) Can't wait to get started on this one!
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey
Hi Audrey-

It is the worsted cotton, and it's linked in the introduction and materials list, just click on the red text. Or you can click here: http://purlbee.squarespace.com/chevron-baby-blanket/2011/9/15/whits-knits-chevron-baby-blanket.html

Thanks for your question!

Molly
February 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
starting this tonight... using a bit different yarn though... will see how it goes :o) Thanks for sharing!
www.nap-timecreations.com
February 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremily
Thank you for the awesome pattern! I am making an afgan with it right now and I know I will use it over and over again! I just put a picture on my blog of the blanket I am knitting with a link back to your blog. Here it is: http://theorganizedcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/march-6-knitting-club/
Thanks again for the sweet pattern! I look forward to using more of your patterns. :)
March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Organized Crafter
wellllllll I just have to say, I LOVED this pattern when I found it and went right to the knitting of it. Fun fun fun !~!
I have knitted for 50 years and really have been waiting a new challenge. THANK YOU.



My hands get a workout I have to say, I am extremely agile, but my hands end up pretty achy when I am done knitting this 2-strand/size 11 for the night. GOOD exercise.

Thanks SO much again !~!
March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie
I really loved working with this yarn and pattern. My project turned out great and I can't wait to see it on the sweet baby!
March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBailey
I'm making this blanket for the first grand-baby in the family due in August and love it! Quick question- if I've finished the lemongrass on R1, should I start the Lemonade folliwing the R2 pattern? Or should I do another R1? Does it matter?

Thanks!!

Bekah
March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBekah
I love this pattern!! I actually have 8 skeins of Spud and Chloe's Sweater and am wondering if it will be an acceptable substitute for Blue Sky Worsted.

Thanks!
March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Hi Bekah,

If you start the Lemonade on Row 2, then that side (the "wrong side") will become your "right side". I think both sides of this stitch pattern look nice, so it certainly wouldn't be the end of the world, but it's up to you!

If you want to keep the right side as the right side, then you should take out the last row of Lemongrass and start your Lemonade with a Row 1.

The one thing you shouldn't do is repeat another Row 1 because your stitch count will get very screwed up!

Thank you so much for asking and please let me know if you have any more questions!

Whitney
April 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Sara,

Great idea! I think you would do just fine with the Sweater! Of course, you'll want to do a gauge swatch, not just to check the gauge, but also to make sure you like the tension of the yarn on the needle size you're using.

Thanks for asking and good luck!

Whitney
April 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you have an idea of how many yards of yarn are in each skein?
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlisha
Hi Alisha-

There are 150 yards in each skein.

Thank you!

Molly
April 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi. I'm new to knitting and have no idea what you mean with the asterisks. Can you explain please?

**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 ***.
April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Hi Jess,

You don't worry about the first double asterisk until later in the pattern. So, the first asterisk you need to concern yourself with is in Row 1: *k10, k2tog, ssk, repeat from * to last 13 stitches. This means to follow the instruction (k10, k2tog, ssk), then to go back to the asterisk and follow it again, and to keep repeating it until you have 13 stitches left in the row, at which point you k10, k2tog, k1.

The next asterisk you need to worry about is here: Change to the Lemonade color and repeat from ** to ***. This means go to where the double asterisk is and to repeat the instructions all the way to the triple asterisk, i.e. with the Lemonade color, work Row 1, then Row 2, then repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine more times.

I hope this helps get you on your way! If not, please let me know!

Thanks so much for your question,

Whitney
April 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have never enjoyed knitting with double stranded yarn, is there a yarn you recommend so i can use the same pattern? Thanks so much!
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Hi Stephanie,

We don't have a cotton yarn that you could use single stranded, but we did knit this blanket up in Super Soft Merino which you can use with just one strand. Here's the story: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/30/two-purl-bee-classics-now-in-super-soft-merino.html

Another option would be to use a single strand of Blue Sky Cotton, adjusting the number of cast on stitches accordingly. You would have to do a gauge swatch to know how many exactly. Keep in mind that the final cast on number will need to be a multiple of 14 plus 2. Let me know if you decide to go this route and need some help!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
April 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have finished the Chevron Baby Blanket except for binding off, which is a little different for this pattern. Can you help me?
Thanks!
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWanda
How do you keep a stitch on your left needle and bind off?
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWanda
Hi Wanda,

I'm sorry you're having trouble with the bind off. It is a little different! I'm not sure when, for you, the stitch is falling off the left needle, but maybe holding on to it with your left index finger will do the trick!

And in general, as for interpreting the bind off instructions, it may help to know that the bind off row is also an increase row. In other words, you continue to make your kfb's at the same time you bind off. I hope this helps, but if it doesn't, please let me know where you think you might be getting confused and I can be more specific!

Thanks for your question and good luck!
Whitney
May 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm looking at the Shell, Orchid, Thistle, Tulip, Drift and Sleet for a girl's version, but I am finding it hard to commit to the Graphite for that last color...it is just so dark. Have tried to add other colors to the basket to see how they look, but no luck so far (Jasper, Periwinkle, Indigo). Maybe Hyacinth? I'm determined to order the 7 skeins, but am torn about the last color!!
May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrances
Hi Whitney,

I'm looking at a different color combination for a boy....and would like your opinion. I figure you might have a better idea if you can line the colors up together, so I appreciate your input.
I love the Jasper color, and was thinking that maybe Honeydew, Aloe, Tulip, Bone, Lemonade and Wasabi might be a good color combo. What would you recommend to complement the Jasper? Thanks!!

Frances
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrances
Has any one made this out of the blue sky worsted 100% cotton and machine washed it?


Hate to have the new mom have to hand wash it!
May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi
Hi Frances,

How about Bone? You could do Thistle, Orchid, Shell, Tulip, Bone, Drift and Sleet, which would be lovely. Another option would be to omit the Bone and add the Hyacinth to the beginning of the order. Also a great choice!

Thanks so much for asking. I don't think you can lose!

Whitney
June 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Debbi-

This yarn washes beautifully! I made my now 7 year old niece a blanket out of it before she was born. It's been washed many many times over the years and it it still in great shape!

Thanks for your question!

Molly
June 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there, just about to order everything for this gorgeous pattern and before I do I just wanted to check which circular needle you think best; lace, big stitch or turbo?
Thanks
June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
Went to LYS and they didn't have any great colors in Blue Sky cotton...so I bought beautiful Spud & Chloe Outer, bought extra skein, because of weight I didn't need to double and little less yardage on each skein....thoughts? I know it's 60% wool, but I've used before on another project and washes/dries beautifully.....second guessing though since this is for a baby......
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennife
Hi Hannah,

I would recommend Addi Turbos for this one: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8-Skacel-Addi-Turbo-Circular-Needles. The Lace needles are great for fine and slippery yarns and the Big Stitch are for very bulky yarns. Ninety five percent of the time I use Addi Turbos. They're amazing!

Thanks for asking and have fun knitting your blanket!

Whitney
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Jennife,

The Spud & Chloe Outer will make a beautiful and cozy Chevron Blanket. I used that yarn to make our Bulky Baby Blankets and they turned out so soft and squishy!

I think, though, that you'll need 9 skeins. The Blue Sky Cotton version uses 7 skeins at 150 yards each, but was doubled, so that means 7 x 150 / 2 = 525 yards. The Outer is 60 yards, so 525 / 60 = 8.75, or 9.

Let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

Whitney
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Whitney...Outer is actually 120yds...
June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennife
Hi Jennife-

Outer is 60 yards per skein. Here is a link to all the yarn's info: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/5885-Spud-Chloe-Outer

Thanks for getting in touch and please let us know if you have any more questions.

Molly
June 10, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love, love, love this pattern. I'll be knitting it for a friend of mine who's due in November this year. I've got a few questions though. I'm going to be using different yarn, it's a super bulky weight yarn-weight 6- I won't be doubling the yarn for the project. How should I go about gauging for this project. My initial thought was to use US size 13 needles (recommended by the yarn company). I don't want the project to turn out too small or too large.

Many thanks!

~Kathrine
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathrine
Hi Katharine,

You'll definitely want to knit some garter stitch gauge swatches (just what you didn't want to hear!), first, to figure out what needle size you like with your yarn; and second, to know how many stitches per inch you get with your yarn/needle combo. Here's our Not Too Tight tutorial which covers this subject: http://www.purlbee.com/not-too-tight-tutorial/2006/11/15/not-too-tight-tutorial.html

Once you've determined your gauge, multiply the number of stitches per inch times the width you'd like your blanket to be. Cast on the nearest multiple of 14 plus 2. So, for example, if you get 2 stitches to the inch and want a 30 inch blanket, 30 x 2 = 60 and 14 x 4 = 56 + 2= 58, so you'd cast on 58 stitches.

Please let us know if you run into any problems along the way. We'd be happy to help! Thanks for your question and good luck!

Whitney
July 15, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just started knitting this blanket and am enjoying it. I would like to place markers to keep track of my place, but I"m having a difficult time figuring out what would make the most sense. I have casted on 114 stitches. I know placing the markers at the start and end of repeats does not work out. Any suggestions? Sorry if there was something posted on this earlier.
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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