With its rows of little seedlings poking their eager heads toward the sun, oh my, our Bobble Border Blanket is a real cutie pie!

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

Each border is densely packed with round kernels of immensely charming yarn bobbles. Together, they make neat fields of irresistible texture and good humor.

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

The job of knitting the Bobble Border Blanket is simple: You work the bottom border, then the whole center garter-stitch section, followed by the top border. To finish, you pick up along each side and work those borders.

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

For a supremely soft and cozy feel, we used our Posy yarn, a machine washable beauty with a touch of cashmere. We love that its hand-dyed vicissitudes make each bobble and garter ridge come alive, like they’re shining on the sun!

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

We knit a great pasture of Pink Nectar and with some bright Sour Gooseberry outskirts… Pick the same or any other winning combination, and cast on for a your own little sweetie!

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

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  • Main Color (MC): 5 (10) skeins of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Each skein is 318 yards; approximately 1,590 (3,180) yards required. We used the color Pink Nectar.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 2 (3) skeins of Posy. Each skein is 318 yards; approximately 479 (780) yards required. We used the color Sour Gooseberry.
  • US 3, 32- or 40-inch circular needles

For more inspiration we put together these additional colorways…

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MC: Lilac Mist, CC: Chili Pepper

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MC: Mourning Dove, CC: Maple Wood

Gauge

25 stitches and 50 rows (25 garter ridges) = 4 inches in garter stitch

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 30 inches wide x 40½ inches long (42¼ inches wide x 55 inches long)

NOTE: Center Panel measures 24 (30) inches wide with a 3 (6) -inch wide bobble border all the way around.

SAMPLE: The blanket pictured here is Crib size.

Notes

Stitch Multiple

This pattern works over a multiple of 4 + 5 stitches.

NOTE: If you’re altering the length of the Center Panel, be sure to pick up a multiple of 4 + 5 stitches for each side Border.

Slip Stitches

Slip all slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back, unless indicated otherwise in the pattern.

Turn + Slide

When you work the bobble section of this pattern, 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!

MB [Make Bobble]

Knit into the next stitch, leaving it on the left needle, [(yarn over, knit 1) into same stitch] two times. Turn work so wrong side is facing you, k5; turn work so right side is facing you, k2tog; return stitch to left needle, slip remaining three stitches of bobble over the k2tog stitch, knit that stitch, returning it to the right needle. 

NOTE: For more help, please visit our 5 Stitch Garter Bobble Tutorial.

Carrying The Contrast Color

When working Rows 3 and 6, on every 4th stitch you will carry the Contrast Color (CC) over the stitch as you knit it. This brings the CC to the opposite end of the piece, where you’ll need it to work the next row! Here’s how to do it…

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

Bring the Contrast Color (CC) over the tip of the left needle from front to back…

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

Then use the Main Color (MC) to knit the next stitch as usual, tacking down the CC as you do.

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho

Bring the CC to the front and continue knitting with the MC.

Pattern

Center Panel

With Main Color (MC), cast on 149 (189) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

With MC, knit 3 rows.

Bottom Bobble Border

Row 1 (right side): With Contrast Color (CC), slip 4 (see Notes), *MB (See Notes), slip 3, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, MB, slip 4. Slide work (see Notes). [36 (46) bobbles]

Row 2 (right side): With MC, knit to end of row. Turn work (see Notes).

Row 3 (wrong side): With MC, k6, *k1 carrying CC (see Notes), k3, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3. Turn work.

Row 4 (right side): With CC, slip 2, *MB, slip 3, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, MB, slip 2. Slide work. [37 (47) bobbles]

Row 5 (right side): Repeat Row 2.

Row 6 (wrong side): With MC, k4, *k1 carrying CC, k3, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-6 three (7) more times, then repeat Row 1 one more time.

Cut CC.

Body

With MC, knit every row until piece measures 37 (49) inches from cast-on edge, or until you have knit 227 (295) garter ridges.

Top Bobble Border

Repeat Rows 1-6 of BOTTOM BOBBLE BORDER section 4 (8) times, then repeat Row 1 one more time.

Cut CC.

With MC, knit 2 rows.

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving last bind-off stitch on needle.

NOTE: There should be a total of 252 (344) garter ridges in order to pick up the appropriate number of stitches for the side panels.

Left Side Border

With right side facing you and bind-off edge at top, rotate blanket 90 degrees clockwise. With MC, pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge along selvage, which is now the top edge. Be sure to pick up and knit first stitch between Center Panel bind off and first garter ridge and also last stitch between last garter ridge and Center Panel cast on. [253, (345) total stitches]

NOTE: For assistance, please see our tutorial for picking up stitches along a vertical garter stitch edge within our Picking Up Stitches Tutorial.

**Set-Up Row (wrong side): With MC, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), knit to end of row.

Row 1 (right side): With CC, slip 2, *MB, slip 3, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, MB, slip 2. Slide work. [63 (86) bobbles]

Row 2 (right side): With MC, slip 1 wyif, knit to end of row. Turn work.

Row 3 (wrong side): With MC, slip 1 wyif, k3, *k1 carrying CC over stitch as you knit it, k3, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 4 (right side): With CC, slip 4, *MB, slip 3, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, MB, slip 4. Slide work. [62 (85) bobbles]

Row 5 (right side): With MC, slip 1 wyif, knit to end of row. Turn work.

Row 6 (wrong side): With MC, slip 1 wyif, k5, *k1 carrying CC over stitch as you knit it, k3, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3. Turn work.

Repeat Rows 1-6 three (7) more times, then repeat Row 1 one more time.

With MC, knit 2 rows.

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.***

Right Side Border

With right side facing you and Center Panel bind off-edge at top, rotate blanket 90 degrees counter-clockwise. With MC, pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge along selvage, which is now the top edge, starting at Center Panel cast-on edge corner. Be sure to pick up and knit first stitch between Center Panel cast on and first garter ridge and also last stitch between last garter ridge and Center Panel bind off. [253 (345) total stitches]

Repeat between ** and *** of LEFT SIDE PANEL section.

Weave in the ends and wet block.

Bobble Border Blanket | Purl Soho