Our Double Knit Blanket is, indeed, double knit! Double knitting is a simple way to create two layers of stockinette fabric at once by slipping every other stitch as you alternate yarn colors each row. The result? One yarn on one side and another on the other… Needle magic!

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

What’s more, we took a page from the quilting books and threw in tiny tacks (created while you knit!), critical little details that truly set this blanket apart.

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

One of the opportunities our Double Knit Blanket gives us is to explore our favorite stew: the one where we throw rustic and refined into the very same pot. And so, one side is our undyed Good Wool, a straight-from-nature rugged beauty, while the other is our sumptuous Mulberry Merino with its subtle shine and smooth finish… Great flavors together!

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

To make a baby-size blanket in these two yarns, you’ll just need one of our Double Knit Blanket Bundles. Each one includes Good Wool’s Driftwood Gray for one side, and then choose from four different Mulberry Merino colors for the other (this one is gorgeous Persimmon Orange). Want to make it a throw? We tell how many skeins and cast-on stitches to add!

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

Apart from its two-sided fun, our Double Knit Blanket’s two layers give it a seriously decadent drape and warmth… an heirloom knit for a new baby or an old friend or even yourself!

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Our Double Knit Blanket Bundle has enough yarn to make the Baby size blanket. It includes…

  • Yarn A: 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Good Wool, 100% undyed Andean highland wool
  • Yarn B: 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Mulberry Merino, 80% extra fine merino wool and 20% mulberry silk

NOTE: To make the Throw size you will need an additional…

  • 1 skein of Yarn A
  • 2 skeins of Yarn B

Choose from four palettes, shown above from top to bottom…

  • Driftwood Gray + Persimmon Orange (This is the palette we used!)
  • Driftwood Gray + Super Pink
  • Driftwood Gray + Heirloom White
  • Driftwood Gray + Dark Loam

You’ll also need…

  • US 6, 32-, 40-, or 47-inch circular needles
  • Spare US 5 or smaller, 32-, 40-, or 47-inch circular needles

Gauge

21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in double knit stockinette stitch, using the larger needles

Sizes

Baby (Throw)

  • Finished Measurements: 28 x 38 (39 1/2 x 50) inches

Sample: Baby

Notes

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise unless indicated in the pattern.

Changing Colors

When changing colors, carry the new yarn up the selvedge in back of the old yarn.

Turn and Slide

Each row in this pattern starts with the instructions to either “Turn” or “Slide” the work:

“Turning the work” means to do what you would normally do when knitting rows with circular needles: Transfer the needle from your left hand into your right and the needle from your right hand into your left, and flip the work around so the opposite side is facing you.

“Sliding the work” means to keep the same side of the work facing you and to push all the stitches to the right end of the circular needles. Without turning the work, start the new row as you normally would.
You will know that you’re doing this right if the yarn you need to work the next row is magically there waiting for you!

Stitch Multiple

To adjust the width of the project, cast on a multiple of 10 + 7 stitches, then double it.

Pattern

Cast On + Set Up

NOTE: We used a Long Tail Tubular Cast On, omitting the foundation rows, because it is the perfect edge for double knitting. A basic Long Tail Cast On would also do, but make sure to use a smaller needle to cast on!

With Yarn A and the larger needles, cast on 294 (414) stitches.

Set-Up Row 1 (wrong side): Turn work (see Notes) and with Yarn A,*k1, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), repeat from * to end of row.

Set-Up Row 2 (right side): Turn work and with Yarn B, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Begin Double Knitting

Row 1 (right side): Slide work (see Notes) and with Yarn A, *slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), p1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): Turn work and with Yarn B, *slip 1 wyib, p1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 3 (wrong side): Slide work and with Yarn A, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4 (right side): Turn work and with Yarn B, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for a total of 1 inch, ending with Row 4.

Tack Down

Row 1 (right side): Slide work and with Yarn A, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 3 times, *slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 9 times, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 3 times.

Row 2 (wrong side): Turn work and with Yarn B, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 3 times, *slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 9 times, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 3 times.

Row 3 (wrong side): Slide work and with Yarn A, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4 (right side): Turn work and with Yarn B, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Continue Double Knitting

Repeat Rows 1-4 of Begin Double Knitting section until piece measures 1 inch from the previous tack down row, ending with Row 4.

Stagger Tack Down

Row 1 (right side): Slide work and with Yarn A, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 8 times, *slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 9 times, repeat from * to last 18 stitches, slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 8 times.

Row 2 (wrong side): Turn work and with Yarn B, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 8 times, *slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 9 times, repeat from * to last 18 stitches, slip 1 wyif, p1, [slip 1 wyib, p1] 8 times.

Row 3 (wrong side): Slide work and with Yarn A, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4 (right side): Turn work and with Yarn B, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Continue

Repeat from Row 1 of Begin Double Knitting section to Row 4 of Stagger Tack Down section until piece measures 37 (49) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4 of Stagger Tack Down section.

Repeat Rows 1-4 of Begin Double Knitting section for 1 more inch, until piece measures 38 (50) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.

Cut Yarn B.

Bind Off

Set-Up Row 1 (right side): Slide work and with Yarn A, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Set-Up Row 2 (wrong side): Turn work and with Yarn A, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to end of row.

Alternating between needles, slip all the knit stitches onto the working circular needles and all the purl stitches onto spare circular needles.

FOR A LONG TAIL TUBULAR CAST ON…

Slide work and with right side facing you, use Yarn A to bind off in Kitchener Stitch.

IF YOU DID A LONG TAIL CAST ON…

With Yarn A and the right side facing you, bind off using a 3-Needle Bind Off.

Weave in the ends and block as desired!

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho

Double Knit Blanket | Purl Soho