Cable knitting is my favorite thing in the world. I just love the look of twisty cables going every which way, and this blanket is one of my favorite patterns.
So far I’ve done this one twice, this will be my third time working this particular pattern. It is found in a small pattern booklet called Bernat Get Cozy, now out of print.
My first one was done using Red Heart Chunky in Buff (now discontinued unfortunately), the second time was done with the exact material from the original pattern, Bernat Softee Chunky in Grey Heather. My third time through is working with Northland Timbers yarn in Sycamore. The first two yarns are 100% acrylic, the Northland Timbers is 60% acrylic, 20% alpaca and 20% wool. I typically work in acrylic yarns since they’re easier to wash, but I do love to work with wool blends too. Just make sure to give the care instructions along with the finished product if you’re doing this as a gift. Nobody wants to accidentally shrink or felt a wool blanket in their washer after you put so many hours into it.
If you have found the pattern and are shopping for materials, please note that the required materials list is not correct. It calls for 12 balls of the Softee Chunky yarn, but it actually needs 22. I learned this the hard way my second time through. The Bernat Softee Chunky yarn is subject to dye lot, and I got lucky that I was able to find enough balls of the right dye lot at my local WalMart (of all places). Otherwise, I would have been forced to abandon the blanket and get the materials all over again. So use caution, and pay attention to the required yardage or ounces instead of how many balls of a certain brand it tells you to get. Other than that one mis-print, the pattern is simple enough to follow.
Worked in panels, you make 3 of panel A, and 1 each of panels B and C. Once the panels are complete, you put them together in this order: A B A C A. Then you simply pick up stitches along the top and bottom and sides to throw the finishing border on, and voila! You’ve got yourself a blanket!
One interesting thing to note with the panels B and C is that the seed stitch is worked right into the panel. In the written instructions, it gives instruction for each individual row instead of telling you to knit the knits and purl the purls as they appear on the wrong side (like panel A). But when you get down to it, you really are knitting the knits and purling the purls as they appear on the wrong side. I think they wrote it out this way because it can otherwise be confusing. You’re only switching the stitch on the right side of the work for both the seed stitch and the sections where the cables get wider and narrower. To create the effect of the center cable stretching out for the main cable to pass through it, you’ll actually be switching from purls to knits during the cabling process and vice versa. It feels foreign the first time you do it, but by switching the stitch you’re doing behind the main cable, you don’t even see where it was switched when looking at the right side.
On my previous runs through this pattern, I did everything according to the pattern and nothing more. But the sections where the borders meet up on the sides always looked a little funny to me, and I wanted something to really set it off and make it look completely finished, I just wasn’t sure what. So on a recent visit to my grandmother, she showed me a blanket she had just finished where she did a reverse single crochet around the whole thing to finish it off and I loved the idea. It’s such a simple stitch to do, even if it feels wrong at first, and it adds a great finishing touch to any blanket. For comparison, here’s each of my finished blankets:
And a close up of the reverse single crochet edge:
I’m sure that no matter which way you decide to do this blanket and which materials you decide to use, it will be cat-approved.