￼￼This blanket was designed to be a unique wedding gift, originally knit in a richly textured grey variegated yarn (Plymouth Yarn Mushishi). The second version was knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater with eccentric striping to correspond with fabric shapes for sewn accent pillows created by a second crafty friend for another wedding. I look forward to knitting this again and again, in soft yarns for children and babies, and in special yarns for adult gifts.
Shown here in different yarns, the Étoile Blanket is an uncomplicated accent piece that you can easily modify to incorporate contrasting stripes, different shades of the same yarn, or a single yarn that has enough character of its own to carry the design.
Size is not critical, and you could plan the design to be larger or smaller (add or subtract rows), or change the yarn and needle size to alter the dimensions of the finished piece. The key thing is the proportions. This blanket takes advantage of the fact that knit stitches are longer than they are wide to create a diamond rather than square shape.
Finished measurements will vary according to your yarn and gauge! The large finished blankets pictured with this pattern each measured about 5 feet across, but given the unusual shape this is an approximate size.
MATERIALS (for blankets as pictured - or use your imagination to create your own version!)
Please note, the original blankets shown with this pattern used between 1400-1500 yards of yarn.
Plymouth Yarn Mushishi 95% wool, 5% silk; 491 yd/449 m per 250 g skein; color: 06 grey; 3 skeins
40 inch US #7 circular needle
MC Spud & Chloë Sweater 55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd/146m per 100 g skein; color: 7503 Root Beer; 5 skeins
CC1 Spud & Chloë Sweater 55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd/146m per 100 g skein; color: 7502 Grass; 2 skeins
CC2 Spud & Chloë Sweater 55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd/146m per 100 g skein; color: 7506 Toast; 2 skeins
32 inch US #6 circular needle
GAUGE - please note that gauge is not critical; this pattern is adjustable and works with the ratio of height to width of your knit stitches! Be sure you like the drape of your swatch with your chosen yarn and needles by blocking the swatch as you would the finished blanket.
14 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch
16 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch