North of the River by Fifty Four Ten Studio

North of the River

April 2017
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 15 - 10.0 mm
475 - 975 yards (434 - 892 m)
Three Sizes: Large, Medium & Small (see dimensions below)
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North of the River chunky cable blanket knitting pattern features big, bold cables and a simple seed stitch border.

Super bulky yarn gives classic cables a modern look.

Basic cable knitting experience is recommended.

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My hometown of Kansas City is divided by the Missouri River. As a child, when my parents referred to “north of the river” it seemed far away and mysterious. As an adult, I have many fond memories of excursions “north of the river”…picking a dear friend up at the airport, camping with my family, sailing at the lake, or shopping at a unique local store.

Read more about this pattern and its name on my website.

Approximate sizes after blocking…

Large (5 cables): 45” wide x 56” long
Medium (4 cables): 37.75” wide x 49” long
Small (3 cables): 30.5” wide x 42” long

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding pattern repeats. Each pattern repeat adds about 7” to the length of the blanket. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

Experience with basic cable knitting is highly recommended. You will also need to know how to cast on stitches, knit and purl confidently, read a row by row knitting pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

For best results…blocking of finished blanket is highly recommended. Click here to see all of my blocking tips on my website.


Large: 925 - 975 yards
Medium: 700 - 725 yards
Small: 475 - 500 yards

Be sure to buy additional yarn if you plan to add length to your blanket.

This pattern will work well with many super bulky weight yarns.

I used Lion Brand Hometown in the color “Chicago Charcoal” for the dark gray blanket shown in the photos.

You may also experiment with knitting two strands of bulky or worsted weight yarn together…remember you will need at least twice as much yardage!

If you prefer to use single strand of worsted weight yarn...see my Childhood Wishes cable blanket knitting pattern.

Stockinette stitch with US size 15 needles: approximately 8 stitches & 11 rows = 4”


Knit flat, in one piece, back and forth on US size 15 circular knitting needles.

In order to accommodate the large number of stitches, long circular needles are highly recommended. I use circular knitting needles 38” in length for larger blankets. For small blanket, circular needles in a shorter length could be used.

This pattern uses standard U.S. knitting terms. Written pattern with row by row instructions.