Ninepatch Blanket by Kay Gardiner

Ninepatch Blanket

August 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3225 yards (2949 m)
48" wide × 42" long [122 cm × 106.5 cm], after blocking
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This log cabin blanket was inspired by a quilt we saw online that, at first glance, looked like a random patchwork; however, on closer inspection, it showed itself to be an unconventional setting of an old quilt block called “ninepatch.”

How do you knit a ninepatch? There are at least two ways and probably many more. We used log cabin as the basic construction tool, but also sprinkled mitered squares into the corners, to add texture and fun.

How closely does our Ninepatch Blanket resemble the original we loved? Not very! It’s a new thing, based on an old thing. It’s the essence of the log cabin enterprise.

Purchase a PRINT+eBook copy of Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 4 for $15.95 (plus shipping) at

The Ninepatch Blanket is not sold as a single pattern.

Block A: 24” wide × 24” long [61 cm × 61 cm], after blocking
Block B: 12” wide × 12” long [30.5 cm × 30.5 cm], after blocking
Block C: 6” wide × 6” long [15 cm × 15 cm], after blocking
Finished Blanket: 42” wide × 42” long [106.5 cm × 106.5 cm], after blocking

Ultra Alpaca by Berroco [3.5 oz (100 g) skeins, each approx 215 yds (198 m), 50% alpaca / 50% wool]
2 skeins each of shades A, B, C, D, E, F and H
1 skein of shade G.

Kits for the Ninepatch Blanket, in 2 colorways, are available in the shop at

Two size US 6 (4 mm) circular needles, 40” (100 cm) long or longer, or size needed to achieve gauge
Size US 6 (4 mm) short, straight needles or double-pointed needles for i-cord
Stitch marker
Safety pins

20 sts and 40 rows (20 garter ridges) = 4” (10 cm) over garter st (knit every row), after blocking.

The following correction needs to be applied to the print edition only (it has been corrected on the pdf version).
Blanket: 48” wide x 42” long [122 cm x 106.5 cm], after blocking