Ocean Currents Blanket
Country folk all over the world have a tradition of using every last scrap of fabric to make items for the home. American pieced quilts are an excellent example of this tradition, with fabrics from dresses, shirts and other items patched and sewn into exquisite bedspreads.
The design of this blanket emulates these old ways using left-over yarns combined with new ones to produce a stunning one-of-a kind result. Different yarns and dyelots add to the charm of the finished article.
The pattern is written for three different sizes of blanket: a Single/Twin size, a Double/Queen and a large King-sized blanket. All are sized generously to provide a good fold-back for extra warmth in use and can be worked in one piece or in strips which are later sewn together.
Please see below for more details about this pattern.
NB: A pattern for a co-ordinating rug, the Ocean Currents Rug, is available separately.
Provisional Cast-On, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, slipped stitches, yarn overs, cabling, and working long circular rounds.
To fit Single/Twin (Double/Queen, King) sized beds.
Finished sizes – Single/Twin: 150x240cm / 60 x 95 ins.
Double/Queen: 225 x 275cm / 90 x 108 ins.
King size: 275 x 275cm / 108 x 108 ins.
Cascade Yarns "Cascade 220" or similar Worsted or Light Aran-weight yarn, 100% wool, 202m/220 yds:100gm/3.5 oz ball in cols:
Col 1 / Navy blue: #8393 Navy x 2 (2, 3) balls
Col 2 / Dark blue: #2404 Atlantic x 3 (4, 6) balls
Col 3 / Medium blue: #7818 Blue Velvet x 13 (22, 26) balls
Col 4 / Light blue: #9485 Kentucky Blue x 3 (4, 5) balls
Col 5 / Pale blue: #9487 Puget Sound x 3 (4, 5) balls
Col 6 / Very pale blue: #8162 Baby Blue x 1 (2, 2) balls
Actual amount used / King size:
Total: 4321gm (44 balls), 8730m/9506 yds.
Col 1: 229gm, Col 2: 503gm, Col 3, 2538gm,
Col 4: 457gm, Col 5: 457gm, Col 6: 137gm.
If you wish to use alternative yarns, please select Worsted or Light Aran weight wool yarns with a recommended gauge of 18-20 sts:10 cm/4 ins using 4.5-5.0mm/US #7-8 needles.
5.5mm/US #9 interchangeable circular needles,
cord length 120 (150, 150)cm/48 (60, 60) ins.
For Border: Supplementary needle cords and cord connectors.
Spare needle for picking up stitches.
16 sts/28 rows:10cm/4 ins in Ridged Rib Pattern
using size 5.5mm/US #9 needles.
Small amount of waste yarn for Provisional CO
Row counter, tapestry needle for finishing, rustless pins & cable needle
4 thread markers that can encircle a stitch
The pattern includes stitch charts and full line-by-line instructions and is available for immediate download.
Payments can be made by credit card, debit card, or PayPal. You will then receive a confirmation of your transaction together with the download link by e-mail.
The pdf file can be printed out or viewed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Please let me know if you have any difficulties in downloading or opening the file.
14 Feb 2014: Never-ending winter
25 Feb 2014: Planning ahead
08 Aug 2014: Blanket Coverage
28 Dec 2015: Keep warm this winter
13 Jan 2016: Without the Ocean
Current Version: v28APR2021
Please contact me if you have a previous version of the pattern and would like an updated copy.
© Moira Ravenscroft, 2015