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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)

I ran out of yarn on my bindoff row. Should I frog three rows back so that I'm still binding off on the increase row? Or can I somehow bind off on the decrease row instead so that the colors are still evenly distributed?
August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterw
I have tried this blanket a couple of times...with different yarn and single strand....I am familiar with the stitches but at the end of each row I come out uneven or I start the last 13 or 8 stitches in the middle of the repeat. Should the repeat end completely before the 13 or 8 last stitches? It is hard to articulate my problem.....

thanks for your help! There are two babies coming that NEED this blanket.

Clara
August 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterclara
HI Nicole,

Because the increases on one side happen in a different place from the increases on the other side, I can't imagine a way that stitch markers would help you with this pattern. I'll keep thinking about it though!

Thanks for asking and let us know if you come up with something!

Whitney
August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
Hi W,

You should be okay binding off on a decrease row. Just make sure you stay in pattern, working the decreases while you bind them off.

Please let us know if you run into any problems and thanks for asking!

Whitney
August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
Hi Clara,

For the last repeat of Row 1, you should k10, k2tog, ssk, and then count that you have 13 stitches remaining. You should then k10, k2tog, k1.

For the last repeat of Row 2, you should kfb 2 times, k10, and then count that you have 8 stitches remaining. You should then kfb 2 times, k6.

Does this explanation clear up your problem for you? I hope so! Please let us know if it doesn't and we'll work it out!

Whitney
August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpurlbee
Having read and re-read the bind off instructions, as well as the post that explains it, I am still a bit befuddled. It would be terrific if you could post a video on YouTube, or anywhere, showing this technique. I have the Principles of Knitting book, and looked up the various bind off stitches included in that and found something call the suspended bind off. I don't think that's what this is, but it seemed pretty close. I haven't even started the blanket yet, but am worried that once I finish it, I'll need to hop on a plane to NYC and come see you with it (which, of course, is a delightful option!) Thanks.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrances Keefe
HI Frances,

This isn't a bind off that you're likely to find in a book or even online because it's adapted to this particular stitch pattern. But I encourage you not to give up before you've begun! By the time you get to the bind off, you'll have become so familiar with the rhythm of the stitch pattern that the bind off may not be as intimidating as it now sounds.

Of course, if it is, we'd love to see you here! :)

Thanks for asking and let us know how it goes!

Whitney
August 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! This is a beautiful baby blanket that I am excited to try and make. However I do have a question, is it necessary to use a circular needle or can I just use my straight needles? (I am a beginner and I'm not sure how everything works yet hihi). Thanks!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFafa
Hi Fafa-

This blanket is a little wide to fit on a pair of straight needles so we really recommend the circular needles. You will not be knitting in a circle or anything and there is no special trick, just treat the circular needle like a pair of straight needles. The cable that connects the circular needles will hold the width of the blanket much easier than a pair of straight needles.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more questions!

Molly
August 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just wanted to say a quick "thank you"! I've loved this pattern for a year and I finally got the guts to attempt it - and it turned out beautifully! I really appreciate all the comments and especially the responses to the comments by Whitney and Molly - it is very much appreciated and helped me with my project. Thanks for all you do.
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Hi! Well, I finally cast on and got started, but it looks like I will be short 2 rows with each skein. My gauge was right, and I am not a loose knitter, so not sure how I could be off by 2 full rows, but I would imagine it will be fine, as I can just add another color to ensure the size is right. I'm actually making 2 of these, but for my 12 and 15 year old sons!! They like to have something hand made, and it will be a nice heirloom for them to have when they are older.

Anyone else finding that they don't have enough yarn? I really don't want to start over, but would even consider buying more yarn. Thanks!

Frances
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrances Keefe
I've just made two of these blankets for my friend's twins. I love the pattern and the yarn, although I did have problems with the skein running out during my bind-off row, like some other knitters. So frustrating!

My question is whether or not this blanket requires blocking. On one hand, it would remove some of the cat hair and make the points on the edges more pronounced. On the other hand, it looks pretty perfect as is. Suggestions?

Btw, I did one version with the Lemongrass, as show in pattern and the second with your purple suggestions, including Orchid. For this version, I finished with the deep navy colour--very beautiful.

Thanks!
September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb J
Hi Deb J,

You certainly could block this blanket if you want to. Be aware that because it's cotton, it will "grow" when you block it; but since it doesn't need to fit, that may not be a problem.

I didn't block the blanket you see here, just because I didn't think it needed it!

Thanks so much for your question and for liking the pattern enough to do it twice!

Whitney
September 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks for the great pattern! Could you please tell me where I can find a list of the colors used in the "sky" combination. I only see the list of colors for the "dandelion" combo. Thanks!
September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna R
Hi Anna R,

Thanks for pointing that out! I've updated the Materials section of the pattern with information on the Sky colorway. The colors, by the way, are Indigo, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Tulip, Drift, Sleet and Ash.

Thanks so much for asking!

Whitney
September 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I had a question about this pattern when you say to knit row 1 and 2 9 more times do you mean 9 for each equaling a total of 18 rows? Also, if I knit 9 more I would end up with 11 rows and I would end on the "right" side of the row and I wouldn't have 100 stitches which wouldn't I need 100 stitches to start the new color on row 1? Hopefully that makes sense! I am stumped I just want to be 100 percent sure before I proceed to the next color.
October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia
HI Alicia,

You should work Rows 1 and 2 BOTH nine more times, equaling 18 rows plus the initial time you worked those rows, for a total of 20 rows. You will finish with Row 2, ready to work Row 1 of the next color.

I hope this clarifies things for you. If not, please let us know and we'll take another stab at it. Thanks for asking and good luck!

Whitney
October 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there! I'm a beginner knitter and having trouble understanding the binding off row :(
I'm completely confused about the language. Can you clarify for me please?

Thank you!!
Lisa
November 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa
HI Lisa-

Whitney answered a similar question to this earlier. It's in the second page of comments, from Katherine. I posted her response below. Please let us know if you have any other qutestions.

Best-
Molly


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
November 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just a suggestion-you might consider shortening the pattern to 9 total rows in each color as opposed to 10. I ran out of yarn on the first color and could only do 9. I managed 10 on the second but just ran out on the third color 15 stitches away from the end. Now I have to figure out if I'm frogging back two rows or just starting w/ the new color and hoping it doesn't really show. Bottom line-you don't have enough yarn to do 10 total rows. I bought the yarn at your shop and it was wound by your staff. I am not a new knitter nor do I knit loose so I shouldn't be running out like this. The blanket is gorgeous so far but it gets stressful as you near the end of a skein and know you won't have enough room and it's too difficult to determine on the ninth row if your remaining yarn will last you for another repeat of the pattern.
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Hi Emily,

I'm sorry you're having that frustrating problem! I was able to get 20 rows out of each skein of yarn, so I wonder if the problem might be with your gauge. If you're not getting 3 stitches to the inch in garter stitch, it is possible you'd run out of yarn before the end of the stripe.

Anyway, I'll keep my ears open for more comments like this, and if I get reports of similar experiences, I will certainly change the pattern! Thanks so much for letting us know and good luck with the rest of your blanket!

Whitney
November 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello!

I have read through most of the comments, but haven't seen the issue I'm having addressed. I used the long tail cast on method and have knit almost 18 rows of the blanket. Everything is turning out beautifully, but I'm out of yarn! I'm a fairly new knitter and knit kind of tightly. I ordered another skein of lemongrass, but now I'm worried I won't have enough of the other yarn to complete the rows with one skein! I only completed 17 1/2 rows with the lemongrass. Just to double check, you are supposed to knit 20 rows with each color, correct?

Thanks!

Julie
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I just finished this blanket last night - it was my first ever knitting project! I followed the directions exactly because I didn't want to make things harder for myself by getting too creative. Overall this project was a breeze and I absolutely love how it turned out. For me, it was the perfect first project. The binding off was slightly tricky at first but by reading the comments I was able to figure it out. Thank you for this pattern and for turning me on to knitting!
December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn
Hi Julie,

Yes, you should have enough yarn to knit 20 rows.I agree that if you were so short with the first color, you are bound to be short with the rest of the colors too. So instead of buying twice the amount of yarn, I would suggest either making every stripe 18 rows (it's okay if the first one is 17; no one will notice!), especially if the width of your blanket is coming out a bit narrow; or starting over with a needle one or two sizes bigger than the one you're using (assuming you are, in fact, knitting a bit tight).

I hope this clears the path forward for you. If not, please let us know and we'll be happy to help!

Thanks for your question!

Whitney
December 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm really excited to make this blanket and love the Blue Sky cotton, but I'm interested in sizing up the pattern, which I have not done before. It says "If you want to change the sizing ... just cast on a multiple of 14 plus 2 stitches."
I would like to simply add this much - 14 plus 2 stitches to make it a wee bit wider.
What does that mean for the rest of the pattern? Do I simply follow it verbatim from there, or will that leave me with extra stitches in each row? I guess I'm just not sure how the math works throughout the rest of the pattern with the decreases (which are also new for me)! Thanks a million!
December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula
Hi Paula,

You would actually cast on 114 stitches, which is 14 x 8 = 112 + 2 = 114. Then just follow the pattern as written! Keep in mind, though, that with only 7 skeins of yarn, the stripes will not be as high and the overall length of the blanket will be shorter.

Thank you for your question and please let us know if you have any others!

Whitney
December 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,

I'm just starting this blanket and was curious what method of casting on you use/suggest. I'm newish to knitting and I started with a double cast on but wasn't crazy about it after a couple rows so am going to start over. Was thinking of using cable cast on but just thought I'd ask which method was used.

Thanks in advance!

Rachel
January 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Rachel,

I almost always use a long tail cast on, and just by the way, on the Purl Bee, if we ever use a different kind of cast on, we would definitely let you know!

Thanks so much for asking. Good luck with your blanket!

Whitney
January 8, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, nice blanket!
I'm wondering if you know how many yards wiuld I need if I use other type of bulky yarb.
Thank you
January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPearl
Hello there,

I just wanted to ask if anyone has actually washed this blanket? I purchased all the yarn, and since the pattern states that it is machine washable, I thought it would be great for baby. However, the yarn itself states that it is hand wash only, and every other site I visit says the same thing. I am disappointed with this erroneous claim in the pattern, and hopefully it will be corrected. I am finished just in time to bring to the new mother. Beautiful and easy pattern though!

Nicole
January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Hi Nicole-

I have not made this exact blanket but I did make my niece a blanket out of this exact yarn before she was born. She's 8 now and the blanket has been washed many many times and it still looks great!

Thanks for your question!

Molly
January 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Pearl-

If you used a bulky yarn that didn't need to be doubled you would need half of the yardage. Just make sure you're getting the same gauge!


Thank you!

Molly
January 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I made this blanket for one grandchild. I had to go to a bigger needle in order to knit it and so it wasn't so stiff. I don't knit tightly so I was surprised. Though it came out nicely though somewhat like a bath mat; nice edge on one side, a little jagged edge on the other side. I never was able to finish each color even close to the number of rows required.
My daughter is expecting a child and would like this blanket. I am doing blues greys and whites this time. I would like some advice to improve my making of this blanket. I am an experienced knitter and thought this would be easy. not crazy about circular needles but it seems to heavy to knit on straight needles. Thanks
January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNadine
With the Chevron Baby Blanket you have put together two color schemes. I like both but one of them is blue-based, whilst the other is more neutral. One of the comments here asked for a color scheme for a girl. I'm actually looking for another neutral (as in good for either boy or girl) color scheme as I don't know yet what (i.e. whether boy, girl or both) my friend with twins will have.

I'm hopeless at color schemes, not at all artistic - and I love your suggested colors throughout your site. Would you mind putting together a color scheme that would work for either please?

Many thanks
Gabriela
January 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela
Hi,
I am looking forward to starting this blanket for a friend.Regarding the bind off, does it have a name? I saw something that described the Knit 2 together bind off, aka the Russian bind off and I was wondering if this is what you're instructing. I love your website, it has been very inspirational to me:)
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTami B
So my first stripe ends with row 1 instead of row 2 because my yarn was short. When I start my next stripe lemonade I will start with row 2. Is this OK or do I need to pull row 1 out of my 1st color stripe so I always end with row2 before changing to the next color???
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Hi Gabriela,

You could substitute the Lemongrass and Lemonade from the "Dandelion" colorway with two other gender neutral colors (keeping the other five colors the same: Bone, Tulip, Drift, Sleet, and Graphite). Some ideas are Pumpkin and Poppy or Poppy and Dandelion for an orange pop; or Tomato and Ladybug or Tomato and True Red; or Thistle and Orchid for a purple version. You can't go wrong with any of those choices!

Please let us know if you want more direction and thank you so much for asking!

Whitney
January 22, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Tami B,

I'd never heard of the Russian Bind Off before, very interesting! But actually, it's different, since the bind off for this blanket is worked while you increase stitches, not decrease. I made up this bind off, but since almost nothing in knitting hasn't been done before, it may well have a name. I just don't know it!

Thanks very much for your question. Please let us know if you have any troubles when you get to the bind off and good luck!

Whitney
January 22, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Jackie,

It's okay to start with Row 2 as long as you start every color with Row 2 and as long as you like the Row 2 side as the "right side". In my opinion, both sides of the stitch pattern look nice, but if you prefer the Row 1 side, then you should start every color on that side, which means removing the last row.

Does that make sense? I hope so! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

Whitney
January 22, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Nadine,

If you're having trouble finishing each stripe with the yarn you have, maybe an eighth color would be a good solution! And to get a neater selvedge, try slipping knitwise the first stitch of every row. And finally, I agree with you that it would be a pretty heavy knit for straight needles!

Thanks for your questions and for making, not just one, but two of these blankets! Good luck with the second!

Whitney
January 22, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I want to make this blanket for my toddler. What's a common size? I"m thinking 36"x42 or 40"x50"?. How many skeins will I need? Thank you!
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKitty
Hi Kitty,

For a toddler blanket, something around 36 x 42 inches sounds perfect! That's almost twice the original blanket's number of square inches, so you'd need twice the amount of yarn: 14 skeins.

Thanks so much for asking! Let us know how it goes!

Whitney
January 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! Great pattern, and as always your color selections are gorgeous. I'm a fairly rudimentary knitter and I get messed up sometimes - probably because I'm left handed, but I knit however I happened to pick it up. Sort of right handed, but I tend to do things backwards sometimes.

Anyway, my problem is, I just started this - 5 rows in, and the shape is looking good, I haven't lost count (woohoo!) but I don't seem to be getting the raised texture that I see in the photos. Is there a common SSK or KFB error you know of that might be making the decrease and increase, but in a very subtle way? I realize I will probably see it more clearly as I make more progress, but I kind of want to rip out sooner rather than later if I'm doing it incorrectly.

Thanks!

-Christine
January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
Hi,

I like other previous posters would like to make this bigger. However I have absolutely no idea how to work out how much yarn I need according to the size I want. I am relatively new to knitting - I can follow a pattern well but am terrible at rectifying mistakes or veering from the pattern eg yarn substitutions, re sizing etc.

I am also on a budget so I'm having to work backwards.

So If I said I could afford double the yarn quantity of the original pattern, how big could the blanket be and how many stitches would I cast on? Is there a simple way for me to work this out?

I am also considering using 9 colours as I can't decide! would you cast on the same number of stitches if using 9 stripes rather than 7?

I hope you can help! Thank you
January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan
Hi, I am trying this pattern for a friend's baby and I am super excited by the challenge, but I have one question: how do you slip the first stitch of each row when you change colours? I like the look of the edge when I slip the first stitch but am baffled by how that works with a new colour.

I am making a blanket for a baby girl and I have chosen to use: hyacinth, orchid, lavender, tulip, bone, lemonade and lemon grass.

Thanks!
Erin
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin
HI Christine,

Hmmm.... I can't think of any common mistakes for either of those techniques, but you might want to review our video tutorials of knitting in the front and back and slip slip knitting to verify that you're doing them correctly. For ssk, there are some common variations that are all correct, so if you're not slipping knitwise then purlwise the way we suggest, that's okay, but otherwise you should be doing everything as we demonstrate.

Here's our KFB Tutoiral: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-increases/2013/8/13/knit-front-and-back-kfb.html

And here's our SSK Tutorial: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-decreases/2013/8/13/slip-slip-knit-ssk.html

I hope this helps you figure out what's going wrong (or maybe proves that you're doing it right!). Please let us know if you need any more help and good luck!

Whitney
January 31, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Dan,

Since twice the yarn would be twice the area, that's a good place to start. The area of our blanket is 26 x 33 = 858 square inches. Twice that would be about 1700 square inches, and a reasonable size with that area would 38 x 44 inches. And if the gauge is 3 stitches to the inch, then you would cast on 3 x 38 = 114, which happens to also be a multiple of 14 plus 2 (a requirement of this stitch pattern), which is lucky!

And for the number of colors, you'll need two skeins of each color regardless of whether you use 7 or 9 colors, so that would just depend on your budget!

I hope this helps you with this project and future ones too! Please let us know if you have any other questions and good luck!

Whitney
January 31, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Erin,

Great question! When you're changing colors, you just knit the first stitch instead of slipping it, then at the beginning of the next row, continue on with slipping the first stitch.

I think your color combination sounds gorgeous. Let us know how it looks and good luck!

Whitney
February 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm half-way through the second color on this blanket, and my chevron's don't look crisp. The pattern looks more like a subtle wave than a crisp chevron. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. My gauge is correct and my stitches don't look loose. I can't think of anything else that could be wrong....any ideas?

Thanks!
Kate
February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Hi Kate-

We're sorry to hear you're having this issue. Would you mind sending me a photo of your work so we can try to figure out the problem? You can send me an email directly: Molly AT purlsoho DOT com.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
February 10, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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