All of the pieces fall into place with our Easy Puzzle Blanket. A sleight of handicraft, it’s one bright and simple solution that only appears to have many moving parts.  

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

The construction is a clever variation on our classic Four Points Baby Blanket. We take the same basic process: knit a garter-stitch triangle by decreasing along one edge until you’re down to a point, then pick up stitches for the next triangle… But here, to each triangle, we throw in a few colorful stripes. Easy!

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

So the only brainteaser this blanket really presents is what colors to choose. With 47 beautiful colors of Linen Quill to choose from, play! Or for a one-stop, six-skein answer, pick up an Easy Puzzle Blanket Bundle, in this Salt Water Taffy combo here, or see below for two more options: pink and plummy Radicchio and ticker tape Parade.

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

It’s really fun and surprising to watch this beauty unfold. Triangles that are anything but trying, a puzzle that’s anything but puzzling!

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

Our Easy Puzzle Blanket Bundle includes 6 skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards.

  • Color A: 1 skein, approximately 334 yards required
  • Color B: 1 skein, approximately 198 yards required
  • Color C: 1 skein, approximately 190 yards required
  • Color D: 1 skein, approximately 131 yards required
  • Color E: 1 skein, approximately 190 yards required
  • Color F: 1 skein, approximately 310 yards required

You will also need…

Choose from three palettes…

Salt Water Taffy

Shown above and the palette we used to knit up our sample…

  • Color A: Eggshell Blue
  • Color B: Bright Flamingo
  • Color C: Oatmeal Gray
  • Color D: Pale Oats
  • Color E: Super Orange
  • Color F: Dandelion Yellow

Parade

  • Color A: Green Turquoise
  • Color B: Heirloom White
  • Color C: Vintage Celadon
  • Color D: True Turquoise
  • Color E: Red Poppy
  • Color F: Cobalt Blue

Radicchio

  • Color A: Crocus Bud
  • Color B: Dark Iris
  • Color C: Pink Pop
  • Color D: Chestnut Red
  • Color E: Rhubarb Pink
  • Color F: Wheat Flour

Gauge

29 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Size

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 30¾ x 30¾ inches

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho

Note

For instructions and a video tutorial on how to pick up stitches along a vertical edge in garter stitch, please visit our Picking Up Stitches Tutorial.

Pattern

Triangle 1

With Color A, cast on 156 stitches.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Continuing with Color A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 3 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

With Color B, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 10½ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color B.

With Color C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 1 stitch remains. [8¼ inches]

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitch.

Triangle 2

With the right side of Triangle 1 facing you, orient the 90-degree angle at the top right corner. Starting at the 90-degree corner, use Color A to pick up and knit 156 stitches [see Notes, above] along the top edge of Triangle 1.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Continuing with Color A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 9¾ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color A.

With Color D, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 1 stitch remains. [12 inches]

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitch.

Triangle 3

With the right side of Triangle 2 facing you, orient the 90-degree angle at the top right. Starting at the 90-degree corner, use Color C to pick up and knit 156 stitches along the top edge of Triangle 2.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Continuing with Color C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 4¾ inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color C.

With Color E, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 13 inches, ending with Row 2.

Cut Color E.

With Color F, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 1 stitch remains. [4 inches]

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitch.

Triangle 4

With the right side of Triangle 3 facing you, orient the 90-degree angle at the top right. Starting at the 90-degree corner, use Use Color F to pick up and knit 156 stitches along the top edge of Triangle 3.

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to last stitch, slip last stitch knitwise to right-hand needle, pick up and knit 1 stitch from the adjacent cast-on edge of Triangle 1, pass slipped stitch over.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased.]

Continuing with Color F, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 15¼ inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color F.

With Color D and starting with Row 2, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 2 inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color D.

With Color B and starting with Row 2, repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 1 stitch remains. [4½ inches]

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitch.

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

Easy Puzzle Blanket | Purl Soho