Bordered Bias Blanket
A speedy, plush project with a pretty perimeter, our Bordered Bias Blanket finds just the right balance of ease and edge.
Knit up in our jumbo Gentle Giant on US 19 needles, big, cloud-like stitches and incredibly soft single-ply merino conspire to make one heck of a cozy wrapper-upper!
You knit the Bordered Bias Blanket in garter stitch, starting at one corner and ending at the opposite one. The kicker is the finishing touch: a round of pick-up-and-bind-off in your favorite pop-of-color. We love the tidiness but also the opportunity for a little fun!
A big-time gift in no time at all, knit up this cozy winter charmer for the holidays… Or for the next snowstorm, whichever comes first!
Designed for Purl Soho by Adam Aronowitz.
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- Main Color (MC): 9 (15) skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool. Each skein is approximately 48 yards/125 grams; approximately 398 (653) yards required.
- Contrast Color (CC): 1 (1) skein of Gentle Giant. Approximately 20 (25) yards required.
We used the following color combinations…
- MC: Heirloom White; CC: Periwinkle Blue
MC: Heirloom White; CC: Clear Turquoise
MC: Mint Ice; CC: Super Pink
You’ll also need…
6 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch
Small Throw (Large Throw)
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 30 inches wide x 42 inches long (42 inches wide x 57 inches long)
Slip all slipped stitches knitwise with yarn in back unless instructed otherwise.
Joining New Skeins
When joining new skeins, we recommend wet splicing the ends together. This will eliminate having to weave in a bunch of bulky tails. For instructions on how, please visit our Wet Splice Tutorial.
Begin + Increase
With Main Color (MC), cast 3 stitches onto circular needles.
Set-Up Row (wrong side): K2, p1.
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 (see Notes), yarn over (yo), knit to last stitch, yo (bringing yarn forward, then over needle, then back between needles to front of work), p1. [2 stitches increased]
Mark the right side with a removable marker or scrap yarn.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, knit to last stitch, knitting yarn overs through the back loop, p1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 30 (42) inches from cast-on row, measuring along selvage and ending with a wrong-side row.
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, yo, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together (k2tog), p1.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, knit to last stitch, knitting yarn over through the back loop, p1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 42 (57) inches from cast-on row, measuring along longest selvage and ending with a wrong-side row.
Continue + Decrease
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1, slip slip knit (ssk), knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, p1. [2 stitches decreased]
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, knit to last stitch, p1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 5 stitches remain, ending with a wrong-side row.
Next Row (right side): Ssk, k1, k2tog. [3 stitches remain]
Next Row (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, k1, p1.
Bind-Off Row: Slip 1, k1, pass first stitch over second stitch on right needle, k1, pass first stitch over second stitch on right needle, cut yarn and draw stitch through.
Pick Up, Knit + Bind Off
NOTE: For instructions and a video tutorial on how to pick up stitches, please visit our Picking Up Stitches Tutorial.
Starting at any corner of the blanket with right side facing you, insert circular needle into space one stitch in from edge (between slip stitch edge and next stitch). Using Contrast Color (CC), wrap yarn around needle and pull through new stitch, *insert needle into next space one stitch in from edge, wrap yarn around needle and pull stitch through, pass first stitch over second stitch (using other end of circular needles), repeat from * around entire blanket.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail and draw yarn through last bound-off stitch. Thread tail onto tapestry needle and to create a faux stitch that makes the border continuous, pass needle underneath both legs of first bound-off stitch, then insert needle into center of last bound-off stitch and pull gently through to back, adjusting tension as needed.
Weave in any remaining ends and block your finished blanket as desired. We gently steam blocked ours and laid flat to dry.