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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. I'm looking to make this blanket a little larger...maybe a toddler blanket. What size do you recommend? How many stitches should I cast on? Do I need to add more stripes to make it longer? Or do I need to knit more rows? How many skeins will I need? Sorry for all the questions. I'm good at following a pattern, but not modifying one. Thank you!
February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi Heather,

If you cast on 128 stitches and you're getting 3 stitches to the inch in regular garter stitch (which is 3.8 stitches to the inch in the chevron pattern), your blanket will be about 33 1/2 inches wide. (If you want your blanket bigger or smaller, just be sure to cast on a multiple of 14 plus 2.)


With a 128-stitch cast on, you should be able to make stripes about 3 1/2 inches wide with one skein of the Blue Sky Worsted Cotton. So, with 11 skeins your blanket would be about 38 1/2 inches long, and with 12 skeins, it would be about 42 inches long.

I hope this is the info you need to get started. Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks so much for these!

Whitney
February 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have just finished this pattern (for the first time) with a superwash wool and it's turned out so nicely! It's very nice and chunky, which I can't wait to send to my sister for my future niece or nephew! :)

I had a little bit of difficulty figuring out the bind-off, but after reading a few comments, I was able to dissect it and figured it out. I already got another bunch of yarn (same kind as the blanket I just finished) to start on a second blanket as soon as possible for a friend of mine who is also expecting!

Thanks for a beautiful pattern!
March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTori
I wanted to know if there was a need to double the yarn? Would this blanket hold up if I followed the pattern without doubling?
March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLis
Hi Lis-

The pattern would still work but the gauge would either be a lot smaller or open and lacy. If you'd like to use a single strand of yarn and end up with a blanket the same size you should do a gauge swatch with smaller needles. Once you figure out how many stitches you are getting per inch multiply that number by 26 (the desired width of this blanket) and round that number to the nearest multiple of 14 plus 2 to get your cast on number.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
March 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just love your site and love this pattern. In terms of thickness, what ply yarn to do you and what size needles would you suggest? I live in Australia so we are all in metric.....love all your patterns.
March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShelley
Hi Shelley,

We used a worsted weight yarn for this pattern, which is equivalent to Australia's 8 or 10 ply. But since these labels are so unstandardized, it may be more useful to look for a yarn that gets 16 stitches over 10 cm on a 4.5 - 5.5mm needle. The needle we use here is bigger (since the yarn is doubled) and is a metric 8mm needle.

I hope this sorts things out for you! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for these!

Whitney
March 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love love love this pattern. I made it for a friend's baby not too long ago but did a regular bindoff because I just couldn't understand it and I was against the clock. I'm now making one for my nephew so I'll be able to spend more time on the bind off. I'd like to make it in colors for a little girl. What colors do you recommend? Purples and/or oranges.
April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaro
Thank you so much for this pattern! I just completed my first blanket in a green to white ombre for my nephew. I couldn't believe how warm it was on my lap while I was knitting it! Before I even sewed the stray strings in, I was out purchasing more yarn for another blanket of this pattern. It is truly the perfect size and just great looking! I thought it would be difficult while I was learning the pattern, but it turned out to be easy and only took a couple weeks to make. I am a huge follower of your blog now. I cannot thank you all enough, you are wonderful ladies! <3
April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina
Do you have a picture of the blanket made with the blue combination yarn?Thanks.
April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatty
Hi Patty-

Unfortunately we don't have a photo of the blanket in that particular color palette but thanks for your question-

Molly
April 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
If I cast on 114 stitches, how many stitches will I have at the end of row 1 and row 2. I can't see to end up with 13 stitches after I follow the k1, ssk, *k10, k2tog, ssk*

Thank you!
April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi Caro,


For a baby girl, try Thistle, Orchid and Shell instead of Lemongrass, Lemonade and Bone. It will look lovely!

Thanks so much for asking and please let us know if we can help you with the bind off this time! Good luck!

Whitney
April 21, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Heather,

You should have 98 stitches at the end of Row 1 and 114 stitches at the end of Row 2.

If you're having trouble ending up with 13 stitches at the end of Row 1, it may just be a matter of very carefully counting your cast on stitches and checking for mistakes all along the row. Please let us know if you still can't figure out where you're going wrong and we'll see what we can do!

Thanks so much for your questions and good luck!

Whitney
April 21, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished this pretty blanket for my friends daughter it turned out so pretty. We don't know what sex the baby is so I encorporated a very pale blue and soft pink. I am taking it to Scotland with me where the new arrival will be born I am sure the new mum will love it
April 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
I cast on 100 stitches using the long tail method. That left me with the first row of purl bumps on my left needle. I'm knitting on circular needles. Is this the RS where I begin row 1? The pattern says to begin on the right side. I'm anxious to get going, but correctly with no surprises later. The baby is due in June.
April 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterengstyle
Hi engstyle,

Yes, that's where you begin Row 1. It doesn't matter so much in the beginning that the first row is the "right side", but it becomes important when you start changing colors because you always want to change on a right side row. Labeling the "right side" also helps you keep track of whether you're on Row 1 or Row 2.

I hope this helps you get started. Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

Whitney
May 5, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am interested in making this about 2x it's size for my sister who is in college as a throw....if I wanted to make it twice it's size I am assuming I would need to cast on about 210 stitches +2 according to your multiple of 14+2.... I'm new to knitting I just wanted to know if this sounded correct. Thank you in advance
May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNelle
Hi Nelle,

Yes, you can cast on either 198 or 212 stitches. Sounds really nice; lucky sister!

Thanks for your question and please let us know if you have any more!

Whitney
May 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this blanket very much. I made one for my grand-niece using 3 colors and single strand. It turned out beautiful and I got a lot of compliments for it. I would like to make this one - 7 colors in baby girl colors (as suggested: Thistle, Orchid. Shell, Tulip, Drift, Sleet, Graphite - though not quite sure of the graphite, any other suggestions?). I want to use a size 9 needle as I like the way it looks (I knitted a swatch). I would like to cast on 128 stitches (9X14 +2). So can you please let me know how many stitches should I end up with after the decrease (Row 1)? I assume I will have to have 128 stitches at the end of Row 2, correct? Thank you so very much!!
May 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNamita
hi,

if i wanted to knit this using 2 sets instead of one, how big would the blanket be? i need it to be bigger than a baby blanket. do i just cast on 1.5 more stiches and knit til the color runs out? worried the stripes wont be as fat as the ones in the design.
May 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
Hi Namita,

A the end of the first round you should have 110 stitches and, yes, 128 at the end of the second round.

And instead of the Graphite, maybe you'd like to end the sequence with Drift, Sky, Periwinkle. What do you think?

Thanks so much for your questions and please let us know if you have more!

Whitney
May 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Michelle,

I think you have a good plan. Cast on either 142 or 156 stitches and at 3 stitches to the inch, your blanket will be either about 47 or 52 inches wide and 50 inches long (33 + 1/2 of 33).

Please let us know how it's going and if you encounter any more questions along the way!
Whitney
May 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
thanks for the quick reply. if i cast 142, my ist row should be 120? then 142? do excited to start. ordered my kits already.
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
This is my first blanket I ever knitted! And I'm done! Except for the binding off! How do I bind off? I have watched your video on 3 needle bind off and I can't wrap my brain around that! Any suggestion? Any videos I could watch? I want to finish this!
June 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen B
Hi Michelle,

Your first row should actually be 122, and then, yes, 142.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

Whitney
June 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Jen B,

The bind off is not a three needle bind off; it is actually a bind off I made up for this particular stitch pattern.

To do it, you basically continue in the same pattern you have been knitting all along, while simultaneously binding off. If you follow the instructions step by step, keeping in mind that it's just a variation of a regular bind off, you can get it!

Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

Whitney
June 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this blanket..am knitting it now per instructions but would really like to try it single strand..how many stitches would I cast on and how much yarn would I use for baby blanket?
June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
Hi, I am nearly finished this blanket! I just am having difficulty with binding off. Is there by chance a video on how to do this?

Thanks!!
June 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermorgan
Hi Morgan-

We don't have a video for the bind off but if you read through the comments I think you'll find a lot of guidance. Please see Whitney's response to Katherine at the top of the second page of comments in particular.

If you still have questions after reading the comments please do let us know!

Molly
June 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Deb,

That would depend on your gauge! You'll need to knit a swatch with a single strand and figure out how many stitches per inch you're getting. Once you know that, we'd be happy to help you with a cast on number; or you can figure it out yourself by multiplying your gauge by the blanket width you want and then casting on the closest number that is a multiple of 14 plus 2.

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

Whitney
June 14, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'd like to make this blanket on a larger scale, can you help me with the changes to the size?
I'm thinking maybe a single bed size. I just don't know how to do it!
June 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllison
Hi Allison-

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. The gauge is 3 stitches = 1 inch. So, if you'd like to make the blanket 66-inches wide (which seems like a nice size for a twin bed) I would cast on 198 stitches ( 196 is a multiple of 14 and then you add 2.) You will also need a little over four times the yarn.

Thank you for writing in!

Molly
June 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
finally finished! 2 sets of yarn, 142 stitches came out to a blanket 36x54!
July 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
Do you mind helping with color choice? I am making 2 blankets for boy/girl twins. The color palate for their room is denim, orange and deep red. I would like the blankets to co-ordinate, but also want one to be very much for a girl, and one very much for a boy. Any suggestions? Help! …and thanks! I can't get enough of your beautiful web site!
July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGiannina
Hi Giannina,

Sure, we love assignments like this! Here's what we came up with for the girl version: True Red, Poppy, Dandelion, Lemonade, Drift, Sleet and Ash. And for the boy: Indigo, Periwinkle, Sky, Drift, Tulip, Dandelion and Poppy.

Or, if you feel like you want to talk in person to someone who has eyes on the yarn, please feel free to call either our New York City store or our California warehouse. This link has the phone numbers and hours: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/contact

Thanks so much for your question; we're all very excited about twin Chevron Blankets!

Whitney
July 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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