Cervelli by Kathleen Sperling


August 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stranded pattern, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
765 yards (700 m)
One size, 33" square
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This pattern is available from wipinsanity.blogspot.com for $4.99.

My brother is fortunate to have a very close friend who has been wonderfully supportive of him for many years. My family was overjoyed when the news came that this friend and his wife were expecting a baby. Given how important he’s been in my brother’s life, I wanted to design something very special for his child. This blanket - inspired by textiles derived from the baby’s Italian heritage - is the result. The new parents loved the blanket, and I hope you will, too!

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Skills and techniques required

  • long-tail cast-on
  • working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, 2-circulars, or magic loop)
  • knitting and purling
  • increasing and decreasing
  • stranded knitting
  • chart reading
  • mattress stitch

Yarn requirements

  • main colour: approximately 395 yards
  • contrast colour: approximately 400 yards

Other equipment needed

  • 4 stitch markers: 1 round marker and 3 repeat markers

  • (optional) 1 set of double-pointed needles and circular needles of varying lengths, since you need to accommodate a minimum of 8 stitches and a maximum of 576; alternatively, you could use a single 60” circular throughout by using magic loop

  • tapestry needle, for weaving in ends and sewing border closed