Childhood Wishes by Fifty Four Ten Studio

Childhood Wishes

February 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
620 - 1750 yards (567 - 1600 m)
Four Sizes: Small, Medium, Large & XL (see dimensions below)
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Childhood Wishes is a classic cable blanket knitting pattern for Aran or Worsted weight yarn. Pattern includes instructions for four blanket sizes.

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Approximate sizes after blocking

Small (4 cables): 29.25” wide x 32.5” long
Medium (5 cables): 35” wide x 36” long
Large (6 cables): 40.75” wide x 46.5” long
XL (7 cables): 46.5” wide x 53.5” long

Finished size may vary depending on yarn weight and gauge used.

Any of the blanket sizes may be made longer by adding cable pattern repeats. Each cable repeat adds about 3.5” to the length of the blanket. Pattern includes estimates for additional yardage needed to make blankets longer.


Small: 620 - 650 yards
Medium: 820 - 850 yards
Large: 1250 - 1300 yards
XL: 1650 - 1750 yards

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

The pattern may be used with worsted or Aran weight yarn…or similar. Select the needle size that gives the best appearance for your yarn. Finished size and amount of yarn needed may vary depending on yarn choice and gauge….so buy extra yarn just in case!


Stockinette stitch with US size 9 needles after blocking: approximately 14 stitches & 22 rows = 4”

Exact gauge is not essential.

I used US size 9 knitting needles…but choose the needle size that gives the best appearance with your yarn and your knitting tension.

Significantly different gauge may require more yarn.


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

In order to accommodate the large number of stitches, long circular needles are recommended.


Cable knitting experience 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.

Blocking of finished blanket is highly recommended.

This pattern uses standard U.S. knitting terms.

Written pattern with row by row instructions.