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Sunday
Jul142013

Whit's Knits: Shadow Stripe Baby Blanket

Don't tell the socks and sweaters, but my favorite thing to knit (or crochet!) is blankets. I guess because my background is in painting, I have a real affinity for the blank canvas, a four-sided shape of pure potential. But what I love most about making blankets is that in the end you have... a blanket! A thing that comforts and warms, a thing that babies and children hold dear, a thing that brings happiness into everyday life.

If a blanket is a painting, then the Shadow Stripe Baby Blanket is high Minimalism, circa 1966. The bold geometry of horizontal stripes is intercepted by a shift in color halfway through every other stripe. The technique is simple, but the impact is totally satisfying!

And since we're knitting for babies, I used Blue Sky's super cuddly Worsted Cotton. Unlike most other cottons, this one invites companionship with its cushiony spring and surprising softness. I love this palette of crisp, nautical Blues with its summertime freshness, or choose our Natural colorway which assembles three misty neutrals for a more subtle statement. Both kits of seven skeins are available right here!

Wielding your yarn the way a painter brandishes her brush, enjoy this fun knit, and end up with a beautiful blanket to boot! -Whitney

 

The Materials

Get all the yarn you'll need with our Yarn for the Shadow Stripe Baby Blanket kit. It includes...

  • 7 skeins of Blue Sky's Worsted Cotton, 100% cotton, 2 skeins of each contrast color and 3 skeins of the main color:
  • The Blues colorway (shown above) includes, from the top, 2 skeins of Indigo, 2 skeins of Mediterranean Blue and 3 skeins of Drift.
  • The Naturals colorway (shown below) includes, from the top, 2 skeins of Sleet, 2 skeins of Drift and 3 skeins of Tulip.

You'll also need...

The Pattern

Gauge

4 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

Finished Size

25 inches wide x 30 1/2 inches long

Color Note

For the BLUES colorway:

Color A = Drift

Color B = Mediterranean Blue

Color C = Indigo

For the NATURALS colorway:

Color A = Tulip

Color B = Drift

Color C = Sleet

Intarsia Tips (Changing Colors)

Our Four Corners Baby Blanket pattern employs this same intarsia technique and has photos to accompany these instructions. You can check them out right here.

Changing Colors on the Right Side

When switching from one color to the next on the right side of the work, bring the old color in front of the new so that it is "trapped" between the new working yarn and the knitted piece. Knit the first stitch of the new color normally.

Changing Colors on the Wrong Side

When changing colors on the wrong side of the work (between purl stitches), "trap" the old color by bringing it behind the new working yarn. Purl the first stitch of the new color normally.

 

Begin

With the Color A, cast on 112 stitches.

*Slipping the first stitch of every row knitwise with the yarn in back (wyib), knit until piece measures 2 1/2 inches (or 11 "ridges", i.e. 22 rows).

Cut yarn.

NOTE: The next row will be a "right side" row. For the rest of the pattern make sure you always start stripes with the right side facing you.

Next Row (right side): With Color B, k56; with Color C, knit to end of row. (See Intarsia Tips above for how to properly switch colors.)

Next Row (wrong side): With Color C, slip 1 knitwise wyib, k54, p1; with Color B, p1, knit to end of row. (Again, the above Tips will help you change colors correctly.)

Next Row: With Color B, slip 1 knitwise wyib, k55; with Color C, knit to end of row.

Repeat the last two rows until the colored stripe measures 2 1/8 inches (or 9 ridges, i.e. 18 rows), ending with a wrong side row.

Cut both yarns.

Join Color A and knit 1 row (without slipping the first stitch).

Repeat from * five more times.

With Color A, knit 1 row, then slipping the first stitch of every row knitwise wyib, knit for 2 3/8 inches (or 10 1/2 ridges, i.e. 21 rows)

Bind off loosely.

Weave in the ends and admire your work!

Reader Comments (12)

As always, your timing (and your sense of colour) is uncanny! I'm just finishing up Laura's cable-back sweater for my fashion-conscious best friend's birthday, and was just starting to search for a unique pattern for some soon-to-be parents...this will be an ideal gift. Thanks again for sharing your clean, striking designs!
Anita
Paris, Ontario
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita Campbell
As always, your timing (and your sense of colour) is uncanny! I'm just finishing up Laura's cable-back sweater for my fashion-conscious best friend's birthday, and was just starting to search for a unique pattern for some soon-to-be parents...this will be an ideal gift. Thanks again for sharing your clean, striking designs!
Anita
Paris, Ontario
July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita Campbell
Love seeing the color palette for this blanket. It is nice to see an alternative color choice from the traditional pastels and this graphic approach is striking.
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
We must be cut from the same cloth, I love kniting blankets as well. This is another great one.
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Hermoso trabajo! Felicitaciones.
July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterdiseƱo web
The blanket is beautiful! I'm looking forward to trying this pattern so that I can learn more about color work.
August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDani
How would you make this into an adult blanket, like for a twin size bed? Thanks :)
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelsea
Hi Purl Bee!

Another great pattern! I'd like to make this into more of a throw/lap blanket for my son. If I want to double both dimensions (to around 50"x60") do I need to double or quadruple the amount of yarn?

Thanks!
September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenWG
Hi Kelsea,

You should cast on the width of the blanket times the gauge. For example, if you'd like a 40-inch wide blanket, you'd cast on 40 x 4.5 (the gauge) = 180 stitches. Change colors half way across the blanket. You'll also have to plan how wide and how many stripes you'll want, depending on the length of the blanket.

Please let us know if you have any more questions and thanks for this one!

Whitney
September 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi JenWG-

Yes, you're right- you'll need to quadruple the amount of yarn.

Thanks!

Molly
September 20, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished this blanket for a dear friend who is expecting her first baby it April. It turned out beautifully, and was so much fun to make.
March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Just wanted to let you know how much I love your patterns and how pretty your yarn is! Your patterns are so modern and beautiful. I have a small knitting business and was wondering how often you have yarn on clearance.

Thanks!
March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle C.

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