Earth, air, fire, and water. Forest, desert, ocean, and sky… All in one very beautiful blanket. Our Nature’s Palette Blanket is for the nature-loving, the color-obsessed, and the fiber-infatuated!

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An afternoon sky peeks through a redwood forest canopy; a setting sun casts a lavender glow in the sky; and inky blue slides into deep eggplant as dusk turns to dark. The interpretations are endless, which means you can bring your own experiences to bear on this stunning blanket’s color flow.

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This unfettered color play wouldn’t be possible without the 17 new colors we just added to our Linen Quill collection. Its raw blend of fine highland wool, alpaca and linen conjures nature’s rugged beauty and is the perfect foil for this blanket. In double stranded seed stitch, the texture and heft of the Nature’s Palette Blanket add a whole other layer of satisfaction.

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To smoothly transition from one color to the next, we hold two different color strands together and alternate colors for a few rows at each color shift. We put together the 14 skeins you’ll need in our Nature’s Palette Blanket Bundle, making it easy for you to get started on your gorgeous blanket!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Joelle Hoverson.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoNaturesPaletteBlanket, and #PurlSohoLinenQuill. We can’t wait to see what you make!

MATERIALS

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Our Nature’s Palette Blanket Bundle includes…

  • 14 skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards/ 100 grams.
    • 1 skein of Kettle Black; approximately 307 yards required
    • 2 skeins of Dark Iris; approximately 623 yards required
    • 2 skeins of High Tide; approximately 549 yards required
    • 1 skein of True Turquoise; approximately 417 yards required
    • 1 skein of Vintage Celadon; approximately 356 yards required
    • 1 skein of Oatmeal Gray; approximately 360 yards required
    • 1 skein of Pale Oats; approximately 373 yards required
    • 1 skein of Crocus Bud; approximately 356 yards required
    • 1 skein of Rosewood Pink; approximately 211 yards required
    • 1 skein of Kiln Red; approximately 417 yards required
    • 2 skeins of Chestnut Red; approximately 492 yards required

NOTE: A few customers have been a handful of yards short of True Turquoise. Please make sure you’re getting the correct gauge and also be sparing with your True Turquoise ends! To be extra, extra safe, feel free to tack on an extra skein of this color. Wait to wind it into a ball so that, if you don’t end up using it, you can return it within six months for store credit!

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GAUGE

19 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch with yarn doubled

SIZE

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 40 inches wide x 60 inches long

NOTES

(These are notes about the pattern, and the pattern itself starts below!)

COLOR KEY

Throughout this pattern you will hold two strands of yarn as you work. The two strands will always be different colors, and we have named each combination Colors A-O. They are…

Color A: Kettle Black + Dark Iris
Color B: Dark Iris + High Tide
Color C: High Tide + True Turquoise
Color D: True Turquoise + Vintage Celadon
Color E: Vintage Celadon + Oatmeal Gray
Color F: Oatmeal Gray + Pale Oats
Color G: Vintage Celadon + Crocus Bud
Color H: Crocus Bud + Oatmeal Gray
Color I: Crocus Bud + Kiln Red
Color J: Kiln Red + Pale Oats
Color K: Pale Oats + Vintage Celadon
Color L: Crocus Bud + Rosewood Pink
Color M: Rosewood Pink + Chestnut Red
Color N: Chestnut Red + Kiln Red
Color O: Chestnut Red + Dark Iris

STITCH PATTERN

Row 1 (right side): K2, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), *k1, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif.

COLOR CHANGE ROWS

The Color Change Rows transition from the Original Color to the New Color over the course of 4 rows.

Set-Up: After completing instructions to work in Stitch Pattern in Original Color, cut yarns, leaving 10-yard tails. Wind the tails into one small ball.

Row 1 (right side): With New Color, k2, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. Slide work (see below).

Row 2 (right side): With Original Color, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. Turn work (see below).

Row 3: (wrong side): With Original Color, slip 1 purlwise wyif, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, slip 1 purlwise wyif. Slide work.

Row 4: (wrong side): With New Color, slip 1 purlwise wyif, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 purlwise wyif.

TURN AND SLIDE

When you work the Color Change Rows, you either “slide” or “turn” the work at the end of each row.

“Turn 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 hand and the needle from your right hand into your left, flipping the work around so the opposite side is facing you.

“Slide 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 complete the next row is right there waiting for you!

PATTERN

With Color A (see Notes), cast on 195 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Work in Stitch Pattern (see Notes) until piece measures 4 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4 (see Notes), adding in Color B.

With Color B, work in Stitch Pattern for 3 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color C.

With Color C, work in Stitch Pattern for 10 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color D.

With Color D, work Stitch Pattern Rows 1 and 2 two times. [4 total rows]

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color E.

With Color E, work Stitch Pattern Rows 1 and 2 two times. [4 total rows]

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color F.

With Color F, work in Stitch Pattern for 3 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color E.

With Color E, work Stitch Pattern Rows 1 and 2 two times. [4 total rows]

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color G.

With Color G, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color H.

With Color H, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color I.

With Color I, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color J.

With Color J, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color F.

With Color F, work Stitch Pattern Rows 1 and 2 two times. [4 total rows]

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color K.

With Color K, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color L.

With Color L, work in Stitch Pattern for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color M.

With Color M, work in Stitch Pattern for 3 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color N.

With Color N, work in Stitch Pattern for 5 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color D.

With Color D, work in Stitch Pattern for 1 inch, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color O.

With Color O, work in Stitch Pattern for 4 inches, ending with Row 2.

Work Color Change Rows 1-4, adding in Color A.

With Color A, work in Stitch Pattern for 4 inches, ending with Row 2.

Bind off in stitch pattern.

Weave in all ends and block!

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