When it comes to last-minute knitting, here’s a handy rule of thumb: If you’re short on hours, go big on yarn!

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho

For our Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket, we took our jumbo weight Gentle Giant, held it double, and knit it up on mega US 50 needles. Indeed, this generous gauge makes very quick work of a hand-knit blanket.

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho

This mega-bulky seed stitch pattern is designed for knitting with a tight deadline, but a thoughtful color study adds intrigue to make this a fantastic project in its own right. Exploring these sumptuous tones doesn’t add minutes but does bring special-ness and beauty!

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho

And with 11 new colors of Gentle Giant (including every single one of the beautiful blues and greens in the blanket shown here), it’s the perfect time for a color study! Pick up an Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket Bundle in this sing-song Parakeet palette, glowing Daybreak, or ripple-y Riverstone, all available in both Crib and Throw size options!

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Our Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket Bundle comes in two sizes, Crib and Throw. It includes…

  • 9 (18) skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 48 yards/125 grams.
    • Color A: 1 (2) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 46 (96) yards required
    • Color B: 2 (4) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 80 (178) yards required
    • Color C: 2 (4) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 82 (192) yards required
    • Color D: 2 (4) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 64 (178) yards required
    • Color E: 1 (2) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 48 (96) yards required
    • Color F: 1 (2) skeins of Gentle Giant, approximately 32 (62) yards required

You will also need…

Choose from 3 pretty palettes…

PARAKEET (seen above and the palette we used for our sample)

  • Color A: Periwinkle Blue
  • Color B: Clear Turquoise
  • Color C: Pool Blue
  • Color D: Mallard Green
  • Color E: Nighttime Blue
  • Color F: Lapis Blue

DAYBREAK

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho
  • Color A: Cowrie Pink
  • Color B: Silver Mauve
  • Color C: Rose Violet
  • Color D: Pink Camellia
  • Color E: Super Pink
  • Color F: Orange Koi

RIVERSTONE

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho
  • Color A: Wolf Brown
  • Color B: Winter Bark
  • Color C: White Peppercorn
  • Color D: Heirloom White
  • Color E: Pigeon Gray
  • Color F: Elephant Gray

Gauge

3 stitches and 5½ rows = 4 inches in seed stitch, holding yarn doubled

Sizes

Crib Size (Throw Size)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 27½ inches wide x 40 inches long (approximately 41½ inches wide x 54¾ inches long)

Notes

Stitch Multiple

This pattern works over an odd multiple of stitches.

Double The Yarn

Throughout this pattern, you will pull two strands together. If you’re making the Crib Size, when you’re knitting two strands of the same color, pull from the inside and outside of the ball.

Pattern

With Color A and Color B held together, cast on 21 (31) stitches. We used a Basic Long Tail Cast On.

With one strand of Color A and one strand of Color B…

Row 1 (wrong side): *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2 (right side): Repeat Row 1.

NOTE After completing Row 2, mark the right side with a removable stitch marker.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approximately 9 (14) inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color A.

With one strand of Color B and one strand of Color C, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for approximately 8 (11) inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color B.

With one strand of Color C and one strand of Color D and starting with Row 2, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for approximately 12 (16) inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color C.

With one strand of Color D and one strand of Color E and starting with Row 2,, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for approximately 5 (6½) inches, ending with Row 1.

Cut Color D.

With one strand of Color E and one strand of Color F and starting with Row 2,, repeat Rows 1 and 2 for appoximately 6 (7¼) inches, ending with Row 1.

With the right side facing you, loosely bind off in pattern.

Weave in the ends and steam as desired.

Eleventh Hour Color Story Blanket | Purl Soho