Mosaics may grace churches and palaces around the world, but if you’re a New Yorker, mosaics are also for subway stations! And so how appropriate that our Mosaic Squares Blanket also conjures our city’s streets, blocks, and even skyscrapers.

Mosaic Squares Blanket | Purl Soho

Not the city type? Switch gears and think country gingham and an afternoon nap on the porch or outdoorsy plaid and stories by the campfire. Wherever your imagination takes you, this knit is a definite brain tickler!

Mosaic Squares Blanket | Purl Soho

A technique popularized in the 1970s by needle maverick Barbara Walker, “mosaic knitting” uses slip stitches to create two-color motifs and patterns. The trick and pleasure is that, unlike intarsia or Fair Isle knitting, you never work more than one color per row, so, despite appearances, even advanced beginners can get in on this action!

Mosaic Squares Blanket | Purl Soho

For our version, we used beautiful undyed Good Wool in Heirloom White, plus wonderfully soft and cushy Cashmere Merino Bloom in punchy True Turquoise. Get both together, in either Crib or Throw size with our Mosaic Squares Blanket Bundle… And city or country mouse, enjoy the fun of this journey!

Mosaic Squares Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

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Materials

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Our Mosaic Squares Blanket Bundle comes in Crib (left) and Throw (right) sizes and includes…

  • Yarn A: 3 (4) skeins of Purl Soho’s Good Wool, 100% undyed Andean highland wool, in the color Heirloom White. Each skein is 383 yards; approximately 897 (1,600) yards required.
  • Yarn B: 4 (7) skeins of Purl Soho’s Cashmere Merino Bloom, 75% merino wool and 25% cashmere, in the color True Turquoise. Each skein is 218 yards; approximately 878 (1,560) yards required.

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Gauge

25 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 29½ inches wide x 40½ inches long (39¼ inches wide x 54¼ inches long)

Sample: The blanket shown here is Crib size.

Notes

Slip Stitches

Right-Side Rows: Slip all slipped stitches purlwise with yarn in back.

Wrong-Side Rows: Slip all slipped stitches purlwise with yarn in front.

Wrong-Side Rows

For all wrong-side (even-number) rows, knit all the same stitches you knit on the previous row, using the same color; and slip all the same slipped stitches, with yarn in front (wyif).

Stitch Markers

You may find it helpful to use stitch markers to divide pattern sections. Place the markers in the same place as the red brackets on the charts, below.

Pattern

With Yarn A, cast on 185 (245) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): With Yarn A, knit to end of row.

Now follow either the Written Instructions or the Chart below.

Written Instructions

Section One

Row 1 (right side): With Yarn B, [slip 1, k9] 2 (3) times, slip 1, k61 (81), [slip 1, k9] 5 (7) times, slip 1, k21 (21), [slip 1, k9] 3 (4) times, slip 1.

Row 2 and all even-number rows: Follow Wrong-Side Row instructions (see Notes).

Row 3: With Yarn A, [k1, slip 1] 10 (15) times, k1, [slip 1, k9] 6 (8) times, [slip 1, k1] 26 (36) times, [slip 1, k9] 2 (2) times, [slip 1, k1] 16 (21) times.

Row 5: With Yarn B, [slip 1, k9] 2 (3) times, [slip 1, k1] 31 (41) times, [slip 1, k9] 5 (7) times, [slip 1, k1] 11 (11) times, [slip 1, k9] 3 (4) times, slip 1.

Rows 7-22: Repeat Rows 3-6 four (4) more times.

Row 23: With Yarn A, k21 (31), [slip 1, k9] 6 (8) times, slip 1, k51 (71), [slip 1, k9] 2 (2) times, slip 1, k31 (41).

Row 24: Follow Wrong-Side Row instructions.

Repeat Rows 1-24 two (4) more times.

Row 25 (right side): With Yarn B, knit to end of row.

Row 26 (wrong side): Repeat Row 25.

Section Two

Row 1 (right side): With Yarn A, [slip 1, k9] two (three) times, slip 1, k61 (81), [slip 1, k9] five (seven) times, slip 1, k21 (21), [slip 1, k9] three (four) times, slip 1.

Row 2 and all even-number rows: Follow Wrong-Side Row instructions.

Row 3: With Yarn B, [k1, slip 1] 11 (16) times, [k9, slip 1] 6 (8) times, [k1, slip 1] 26 (36) times, [k9, slip 1] 2 (2) times], [k1, slip 1] 15 (20) times, k1.

Row 5: With Yarn A, [slip 1, k9] 2 (3) times, [slip 1, k1] 31 (41) times, [slip 1, k9] 5 (7) times, [slip 1, k1] 11 (11) times, [slip 1, k9] 3 (4) times, slip 1.

Rows 7-22: Repeat Rows 3-6 four (4) more times.

Row 23: With Yarn B, k21 (31), [slip 1, k9] 6 (8) times, slip 1, k51 (71) [slip 1, k9] 2 (2) times, slip 1, k31 (41).

Row 24: Follow Wrong-Side Row instructions.

Repeat Rows 1-24 eight (11) more times.

Row 25 (right side): With Yarn A, knit to end of row.

Row 26 (wrong side): Repeat Row 25.

Section Three

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE 5 (7) times.

Repeat Rows 25 and 26 of SECTION ONE once.

Section Four

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION TWO 1 (1) time.

Repeat Rows 25 and 26 of SECTION TWO once.

Section Five

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE 1 (1) time.

Repeat Rows 25 and 26 of SECTION ONE once.

Section Six

Repeat SECTION FOUR.

Section Seven

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE 3 (4) times.

Repeat Rows 25 and 26 of SECTION ONE once.

Finishing

With the right side facing you and continuing with Yarn B, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and wet block.

Chart

Start in the bottom right corner of the Chart. Each row of the Chart represents one row of knitting. Read the right-side rows from right to left; read the wrong-side rows from left to right.

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Section One

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Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE chart 3 (5) times, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Section Two

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Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION TWO chart 9 (12) times, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Section Three

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE chart 5 (7) times, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Section Four

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION TWO chart 1 (1) time, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Section Five

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE chart 1 (1) time, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Section Six

Repeat SECTION FOUR.

Section Seven

Repeat Rows 1-24 of SECTION ONE chart 3 (4) times, then work Rows 25 and 26.

Finishing

With the right side facing you and continuing with Yarn B, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and wet block.

Mosaic Squares Blanket | Purl Soho