A log cabin design borrowed from the quilting world, a color story filched from nature, and our newest yarn, Woolly Wool, straight from the sheep… Our Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket takes the best of all worlds for a blanket that is colorful, soft, cuddly, and absolutely beautiful!

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho

The gorgeous family of colors is thanks to Woolly Wool’s exceptional palette, a world of misty tones that bring to mind a landscape on the verge of blossoming!

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho

Woolly Wool is a single-ply super bulky with a soft and gentle beauty. It is (surprise!) 100% wool, warm, cozy, and definitely woolly! We love that its plumpness gives this traditional log cabin pattern a bold look with oversize stitches and a distinctive texture.

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho

On US 17 needles, this one is a total gas to knit, so fast, so interesting, and so fun! Get in on the action with our Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket Bundle, available in this Crib size and in an even bigger Throw size.

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

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Our Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket Bundle includes 9 (13) skeins of Purl Soho’s Woolly Wool, 100% wool. Each skein is 109 yards/ 200 grams.

  • Color A: 1 (1) skein in Heirloom White; approximately 57 (93) yards required.
  • Color B: 1 (1) skein in Ice Pond; approximately 54 (87) yards required.
  • Color C: 1 (1) skein in Gray Owl; approximately 36 (65) yards required.
  • Color D: 1 (1) skein in Peach Lily; approximately 72 (119) yards required.
  • Color E: 1 (1) skein in Winter Green; approximately 61 (109) yards required.
  • Color F: 1 (2) skein(s) in Juniper Berry; approximately 102 (171) yards required.
  • Color G: 1 (2) skein(s) in Purple Moor; approximately 78 (137) yards required.
  • Color H: 1 (2) skein(s) in Blossom Pink; approximately 109 (186) yards required.
  • Color I: 1 (2) skein(s) in Green Agave; approximately 97 (170) yards required.

You’ll also need…

NOTE: Spare needles are for putting stitches on hold that you later knit. If you’d rather use scrap yarn, you can. Just be sure you have spare needles to slip the on-hold stitches onto so you can knit them when the time comes!

Gauge

8 stitches and 16 rows [8 garter ridges] = 4 inches in garter stitch

NOTE: For the Crib size, you’ll use just about the full skein of Yarn H, and for the Throw size, you’ll use just about the full skein of Yarn D. To avoid running out of yarn, make sure to achieve this gauge and use Yarn C (of which you have plenty) for your swatch.

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 30 inches wide x 42 inches long (40 inches wide x 54 inches long)

Notes

Construction

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho

Garter Ridge

A “garter ridge” equals two rows of garter stitch. It looks like a prominent horizontal ridge and is an easy way to count rows!

Picking Up Stitches

For the cleanest pick-up edge, insert the needle into the outer most bump along the edge of the garter ridge.

Pattern

A Block

With Color A, cast on 12 (16) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row. Mark right side of fabric with scrap yarn or removeable stitch marker.

Knit every row until you have 36 (44) garter ridges (see Notes), ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 18 (22) inches from cast-on edge]

Slip all 12 (16) stitches onto spare needles (or scrap yarn). Cut Color A.

B Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so left selvage is at the top.

With Color B, pick up and knit (see Notes) 36 (44) stitches along top edge.

Knit every row until you have 12 (16) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

Slip all 36 (44) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn). Cut Color B.

C Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so cast-on edge is at the top.

With Color C, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along B Block selvage, then 12 (16) more stitches along A Block cast-on edge. [24 (32) stitches]  

Knit every row until you have 12 (16) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

Slip all 24 (32) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn). Cut Color C.

D Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so right selvages are at the top.

With Color D, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along C Block selvage, then 36 (44) more stitches along A Block selvage. [48 (60) stitches]

Knit every row until you have 12 (16) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

Slip all 48 (60) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn). Cut Color D.

E Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold stitches from A Block are at the top.

With Color E, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of D Block, then with same working needles, knit across 12 (16) on-hold A Block stitches, then pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of B Block. [36 (48) stitches]

Knit every row until you have 12 (16) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

Slip all 36 (48) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn). Cut Color E.

F Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold stitches from B Block are at the top.

With Color F, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of E Block, then with same working needles, knit across 36 (44) on-hold B Block stitches, then pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of C Block. [60 (76) stitches]

Knit every row until you have 12 (16) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row. [Piece measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

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

G Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold stitches from C Block are at the top.

With Color G, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of F Block, then with same working needles, knit across 24 (32) on-hold C Block stitches, then pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of D Block. [49 (65) stitches, including bind-off stitch from F Block]

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 ten (15) more times, then repeat Row 1 once more. [12 (16) garter ridges, measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

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

H Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold stitches from D Block are at the top.

With Color H, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of G Block, then with same working needles, knit across 48 (60) on-hold D Block stitches , then pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of E Block 5. [73 (93) stitches including bind-off stitch from G Block]

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 wyif, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 and 2 ten (15) more times, then repeat Row 1 once more. [12 (16) garter ridges, measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

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

I Block

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold stitches from E Block are at the top.

With Color I, pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of H Block, then with same working needles, knit across 36 (48) on-hold E Block stitches, then pick up and knit 12 (16) stitches along selvage of F Block. [61 (81) stitches including bind-off stitch from H Block]

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 wyif, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 and 2 ten (15) more times, then repeat Row 1 once more. [12 (16) garter ridges, measures approximately 6 (8) inches from pick-up edge]

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Finishing

Weave in the ends and steam block, if desired.

Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho
Log Cabin Spectrum Blanket | Purl Soho