Building Blocks Blanket by Stephen West
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Building Blocks Blanket

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Gather a colorful collection of DK weight yarns to knit the various textures. You can knit each section as long as you want for a personalized collage of stripes. The striped sections include garter stitch, knit ‘n slide, brioche, and garter ridges staggered between stockinette/reverse stockinette sections. Choose between three sizes to knit a baby blanket, a cozy throw, or go all the way with a large colorful blanket.

Sizes: S (M, L). Length is customizable. Sample shown in Large size.
The Small size is appropriate for a baby blanket or small blanket for the couch.
The Medium size creates a snuggly living room throw. It’s also big enough for a single bed.
The Large size is ultra cozy and big enough for a double bed.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 33 (50, 66)” / 84 (127, 168)cm wide, 85” / 216cm long from CO to BO edge. Length is customizable.

Yarn: DK weight

I used mostly DK weight yarns for my Building Blocks Blanket. I included a few worsted weight yarns that didn’t feel too heavy so they mix nicely with DK. Most of my yarns are hand dyed superwash merino bases. Most superwash yarns create a very drapey fabric. I prefer to add non-superwash wools to my palette like Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER and squishy cormo wool yarns that add loft and body to the fabric. Mixing superwash with non-superwash yarns add more subtle texture to the fabric and it doesn’t stretch as much as an entirely superwash wool fabric.

For a DK weight gauge try holding multiple strands together. Here some yarn ideas…
2 strands fingering weight
1 strand sport weight + 1 strand lace weight mohair/silk
1 strand fingering weight + 2 strands lace weight mohair/silk

Yardage: Approximately 2000 (3000, 4500) yds / 1829 (2743, 4115)m total

Shown in: A variety of DK weight yarns from Hedgehog Fibres, Republic of Wool, House of a la Mode, Kindred Red, Qing Fiber, & Madelinetosh.

All odd numbered sections are striped. All even numbered sections are solid.

Needles: 47” US 7 / 4.5mm circular needle
The fabric is knit flat, but circular needles are required for the brioche and knit ‘n slide stitch patterns.

Notions: 14 (22, 30) stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 sts & 38 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch

I recommend aiming for a fabric density similar to a sweater fabric. Not too loose and not too tight. If you’re substituting yarn weight for this project and using mostly worsted weight yarn I would use a US 8 / 5mm. For aran/heavy worsted weight, I would use a US 9 / 5.5mm