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Sunday
Sep222013

Super Easy Blankets!

The Purl Bee's Super Easy Blanket was one of our very first patterns, and all these years later, it still satisfies us with its easy modernity and lively versatility. Since its introduction, we've knit this blanket in oodles of colors and yarns and sizes, each version highlighting a fresh idea. And now Purl Soho's Worsted Twist and Super Soft Merino yarns have inspired a new stack of gorgeous Super Easy Blankets!

With its tidy spin Worsted Twist gives our Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blankets a crisp and elegant finish. And perfectly midweight, these blankets have a wonderful heft and lush softness, so nice for chilly stroller rides and cold nights!

Worsted Twist's palette of soft and mellow blues, punctuated by bursts of hot pink and bright yellow, creates  four beautiful color stories: Heron (shown above), Macaron, Slipper, and Neptune. Choose your favorite right here with our new Yarn for Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket kits.

And for a wintertime blanket or anytime playmat, whip up our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket. Same seven bold stripes, same generous crib size, and same incredible soft touch, but this version is heavier, thicker and quicker to knit. Our Super Soft Merino Super Easy Crib Blanket kits come in six inspiring colorways, each special in its own way!

Super Soft Merino or Worsted Twist? Worsted Twist or Super Soft Merino? Both? To weigh your options, click here for the Super Soft Merino Crib Blanket pattern and simply read on for the Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket pattern. And to view each yarn kit (including photos of each finished blanket), click here for the Super Soft Merino and here for the Worsted Twist. Let us know what you decide!

The Materials

Get all the yarn you'll need with our Yarn for Worsted Twist Super Easy Crib Blanket kit. Choose from four colorways: Macaron, Heron, Neptune and Slipper (shown above). Each kit includes...

You'll also need...

The Pattern

Gauge

4 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch

Finished Dimensions

Approximately 31 inches x 39 inches

Pattern Note

To get a nice, neat edge just slip the first stitch of every row knitwise with the yarn in back. (When you change colors, knit the first stitch.)

Begin

With the first color, cast on 138 stitches.

Knit every row until you have used the entire skein (or until there are 23- 25 garter stitch "ridges" [1 ridge = 2 rows]).

Switch to the second color and knit every row, using up the entire skein.

Repeat with each color, making sure to always switch colors on the same side.

After knitting all but a couple of yards of the seventh color, loosely bind off.

Weave in the ends and you're done. Super easy!

Reader Comments (42)

Right up my simplequietmodern aesthetic. Clearly, still the best.
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
Oh, what lovelies!!!

:)
agnes
September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteragnes szucs / iiiinspired
So pretty! I assume it's machine washable (since it's for a baby)?
September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi Vanessa-

They are not machine washable but they are hand washable.

Thanks for your question!

Molly
September 26, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love it, but would love directions for a larger version? Any suggestions? Or suggestions for a book or site that would help me learn to calculate size changes?
October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
Hi Aimee-

We do have a larger version of this here:
http://www.purlbee.com/super-easy-lap-blanket/

Other than that you can do your own size modifications by using the gauge measurement listed in the pattern. Just multiply the stitches per inch by the width you'd like and go from there.

Please let us know if you have any more questions!

Molly
October 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Any suggestions on hand washing to make sure the colors don't bleed together? Just made one of these blankets but afraid to wash it since I don't want the colors to bleed. Someone suggested vinegar with water? Help....
October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEunice
Hi Eunice-

We have not had any complaints about our yarn's colors running so you should be fine to hand wash it using a gentle cleanser.

Thank you!

Molly
October 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just finished lap size version with Maxima based on Whitney's earlier post. Love it!!

Have you ever thought about a crochet version? Wonder what stitch would be best for squishy drape? Many thanks.
October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
Hi. Been working at this blanket for a while now and I'm left wondering-
How do I change colors if I'm slipping off the first stitch?
In other words, how do I start a new color when I'm not knitting the first stitch of every row?
Thanks.
shelly.
October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershelly
Hi, I am working on the Super Easy Lap Blanket and have just gotten to my last color, mahogany. I realized that I skipped Stratus in the color sequencing. My colors went from Chocolate, Pewter to Natural instead of following the Pewter with the Stratus. If I follow the Shocking with the Stratus it doesn't look right. My question: is there any way I can separate the kitted section between Pewter and Natural and knit in the Stratus? I am new to this. If there isn't a way to do this what do you suggest? I am so sad I did that!!!!! Phooey.
October 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Hi Jane,

I think just simple single crochet stitches would look the most similar, but I'd be sure to crochet at a loose enough tension to allow the fabric to have a "squishy drape," as you so perfectly say!

Thanks so much for asking!
Whitney
October 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Shelly,

Great question! When you're switching colors, you should knit the first stitch of that row instead of slipping it.

Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any other questions!

Whitney
October 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Lori,

Bummer! There is a way to insert the Stratus where you want it, but it's pretty complicated for a beginner, if that is what you are. I'll try to explain, in case you're up for a challenge!

First, you weave your needle into the last row of Pewter stitches, bringing the needle under the right leg of every stitch and over the left leg. Then weave a needle through about the third or fourth row of Natural. Then you cut the blanket between the needles. Unravel the rows left above the needles and you should be left with live Pewter stitches on one needle and live Natural stitches on the other needle.

Next, knit the Stratus stripe from the Pewter stitches. Re-knit the Natural rows that were lost in the cutting (you probably will need to buy another skein of Natural for that). And finally, graft the last row of Stratus together with the first row of Natural using the Kitchener Stitch for garter stitch. The end of this pattern shows you how: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2011/4/10/whits-knits-striped-cotton-cowl.html

Let us know how it goes if you decide to it!

Whitney
October 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So I started this on size 6 circulars because it's what I have on hand and thought I'd just knit loosely. Now I'm coming up short on yarn as I near the end of the first color block. I think I'll be able to get 22 purl bumps, but not 25! Is this because I went down a needle size? I would have thought with the same# of stitches! that I'd actually be left with more. Now I'm concerned that cumulatively, it will come out with odd dimensions if each block is 7-8 rows short. Did I get one bu. skein of yarn in my kit?
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Hi Ann-

Are you getting the same gauge as the pattern? Which color/ kind of yarn are you using?

Thanks!

Molly
November 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,
I'm getting 4 garter stitches to the inch on the size 6s. I'm using the Purl Worsted twist from one of the kits. It's the Slipper set and the Slipper pink yarn that's coming up short. Unless my knitting logic is off...wouldn't a 4 stitches/ inch gauge mean I'd have more leftover after 50 rows, not less? Thanks!
November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn
Hello,

I only know the basics of knitting, is this project to complicated for a beginner? Is it possible to make this blanket bigger (twice this size) with the same kind on needler suggested?

Thanks!!!
November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia
Hi Patricia-

This is a perfect project for a beginner and can easily be sized up. With that said if you make it larger it will involve A LOT of knitting. But if you're not pressed for time here is how you would make it double the size:

Buy 4 X the yarn in each color. So instead of 1 skein of each color, buy 4.

Double the number of stitches to cast on.

Knit double the amount of ridges. So instead of knitting 25 ridges you will knit 50.

Use a longer circular needle. Make sure it's at least 40-inches long.

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

Molly
November 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm wondering about the gauge for this blanket. I have already dropped down to a six, am knitting as tightly as possible and I'm still only getting four stitches per inch. Argh! I can drop to a 5 but it seems strange to be on a 5 when it's written for a 7. Hmmmmm. Any thoughts?
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Hi Andrea-

Needle size is always just a recommendation. You should always use whatever size you need to get the correct gauge for the pattern. I am also a loose knitter and I have often had to go down two needle sizes!

Good luck with the project!

Molly
December 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I've been in love with your easy baby blanket for a long time and finally knitted my own version
http://zauberflink.blogspot.de/2014/01/yarn-along.html
Thank you so much for all the inspiration! Lena
January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLena Zauberflink
I'd love to knit the lap sized blanket but I am a beginner. I think both that and the cot blanket are knitted in one piece? Does this make them very heavy on the needles/arms? Is it a bit unwieldy to knit?
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
Hi Charlotte-

Yes, all of these blankets are made in one piece. It makes them very easy to knit, especially for a beginner. They do get heavy to carry around by the end but the work rests on your lap so it isn't a strain on your arms. Since they are knit on circular needles the weight is distributed a lot better than if you were to knit something like this on straight needles.

Thanks for your questions!

Molly
January 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
i am a beginner knitter and have admired this blanket for a long time. this may be a silly question, but do you have to use circular needles or can you do the same thing with straight needles?

thanks!
January 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermeg
Hi Meg-

You would need very long straight needles to knit this on a straight needles and it would get very unwieldy. The cable that connects the circular needle holds the stitches in a much more convenient way so we really recommend the circular needle!

Thank you for your question!

Molly
January 27, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello,

I love this blanket pattern and am looking forward to making it soon, just wondering if you have any tips or directions for adding new skeins of yarn/changing colors and having the joint be durable? I have made blankets in the past but am always concerned about things coming undone, especially projects that are intended for children or babies.

Jeanise
February 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeanise
Hi Jeanise-

We always recommend that you join a new ball of yarn simply by beginning to knit with it and leaving a fairly long tail at the beginning of the new ball and at the end of the old ball and then weaving in the ends. Tying the two yarns together can look very messy and the knot can end up getting very worn. Here is a link to our "weaving in your ends" tutorial to help you weave in the tails.

http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2011/7/14/weaving-in-your-ends.html

Thank you!

Molly
February 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Simply gorgeous blanket!!
I am wanting to make this blanket, but use the Supereash 128 yarn simply because its a little cheaper and machine washable. Would this yarn work ok? Should I just use the needles that are recommended for that yarn instead, or will the stitches be hard to see? Thank you so much!!
February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFlorence
Hi Florence-

Yes, that yarn would work great. And yes, it will be best to use the needles that the yarn recommends rather than what the pattern recommends. You may need to cast on more or less stitches though. To figure that out do a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches you're getting per inch and then multiply that number by the finished width you'd like your blanket to be.

Thank you for writing in!

Molly
February 4, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to make this blanket in a preemie size. I am not good at determining the stitches, any help would be great. I want to make it 20x20 or a little larger. Thanks for the pattern I love it.
February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFran
Hi Fran-

If you are planning on using the Worsted Twist yarn I would recommend casting on 90 stitches for a 20-inch blanket. If you are using a different yarn you will need to do a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches you are getting per inch. Once you figure out that number you just multiply it by 20 and that will give you the cast on number.

Thank you!

Molly
February 14, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi ! What is the most invisible way to weave in the ends of this blanket. I tried to follow your tutorial for weaving the ends for the garter stich but maybe I didn't understand it. I got a weird bump that didn't look good on the other side, which was the right side. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.
March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
Hi Alice,

Our Weaving in the Ends Tutorial shows three way to weave into garter stitch. Maybe you'd prefer the look of one of the other two? Also, it may be helpful to know that there is no absolutely invisible way to weave in ends, and what is visible has be considered one of the charms of hand knitting!

Please let us know if you have any other questions and thank you for this one!

Whitney
March 26, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What do you mean slip the first stitch knitwise of each row? Sorry, knitting terminology baffles me!
April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
Hi Courtney-

To slip a stitch knitwise simply put your right hand needle into the first stitch on your left needle just as you would if you were going to knit, but then instead of knitting that stitch just slip it off of the left needle, You are basically moving it from the left needle to the right needle without knitting it.

Hope that helps!

Molly
April 7, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi,

I have just switched to my second color and I am getting a dotted line; how do I get a smoother transition?

Thanks,
Becki
July 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecki
Hi Becki-

When doing stripes in garter stitch (knitting all rows) there will always be a dotted line as you describe on one side of the work. Just make sure that you always change colors on the same side of the work to make sure the lines are always on the wrong side of the work.

Thank you for getting in touch!

Molly
July 9, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this blanket but I am struggling to knit it now that I'm on the 2nd colour. I knit in the Englush style holding the needles underneath and it becomes almost impossible once I have 60 rows. I'm trying to learn the European technique but I wondered if there is something I don't understand about knitting long pieces of knitting. Could you help?
July 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlynn
Hi Carlynn-

Thanks for getting in touch. I'm not totally clear about what your problem is, Knitting Continental vs English style should not effect the difficulty of this pattern. Is it too heavy? Or are you having trouble fitting all the stitches on your needles? We highly highly recommend using a 32-inch circular needle for this project especially if you are having trouble fitting all of the stitches on straight needles. You do not knit any differently with the circular needles. They are connected with a wire but you treat them as two separate needles, the wire just holds the width of the stitches.

I hope this helps! Let me know if I'm not understanding your question correctly.

Molly
July 14, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! I have been working on this blanket and have come to the first color switch. I am a beginner knitter, and am having a hard time figuring out how both sides of the blanket will look the same at the color switch, that is, so it will look even and not overlap. Thank you!
July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Hi Kate-

Both sides will not look the same. There will be a right side (which will have a smooth color change) and a wrong side (which will have a bump of the previous color below the new color.) Just make sure to always switch colors on the same side of the blanket and the blanket will look great!

Thanks for your question!

Molly
July 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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