As if a chisel has carved slivers through its soft surface, our Woodcut Blanket is a study in positive and negative shapes… all created with the simple tool of knits and purls!

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho

We love the tactility and visual play of our Woodcut Blanket: nubbly paralleograms puzzling into smooth ones, alternate shapes coming in and falling out of focus, endlessly interesting.

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho

The key to this design is stitch definition. Just like a printmaker wouldn’t carve their block with a dull chisel, here we use the yarn with the crispest definition we know, our brand new Campo.

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho

Fifty percent organically grown cotton and 50% wool, Campo is a classic worsted weight yarn whose many thin plies are spun into a nice, smooth finish, perfect for articulating the language of stitches.

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho

On top of all that, Campo is very soft, wonderfully cushy, machine washable, and spectacularly beautiful, too. Milled in Italy, its fifteen-color palette seems scorched by the Mediterranean sun, stirring up images of a Tuscan field, a provincial palazzo, or a frescoed chapel… Bellisima!

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho
Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoWoodcutBlanket, and #PurlSohoCampo. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho
  • 9 (11) skeins of Purl Soho’s Campo, 50% wool and 50% organically grown cotton. Each skein is 120 yards; approximately 1,080 (1,320) yards required. We used the color Rosa Rose for the Crib size and Corsica Yellow for the Throw size.
  • US 8 (5 mm), 32- or 40-inch circular needles
  • Stitch markers

Gauge

15 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

NOTE: For the Throw size, you’ll use just about all 11 skeins. To avoid running out of yarn, make sure to achieve this gauge. If you decide to purchase an extra skein just in case, you can leave it unwound and exchange it if you don’t end up needing it (click right here for our return policy).

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 37 inches wide x 45 inches long (43 inches wide x 51 inches long)

Samples: Rosa Rose blanket is Crib size and Corsica Yellow is Throw size.

Note

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise, with yarn in front (wyif).

Pattern

NOTE: The Crib and Throw size blankets have different patterns with different size parallelograms. (The pink blanket shown here is the Crib size and the yellow one is the Throw size.) Both start with the same cast on and set-up row instructions, but then be sure to choose the pattern for the blanket you’re making!

Cast on 130 (162) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes), k8 (16), [place marker (pm), k30 (48)] 4 (3) times, pm, k1. [5 (4) markers placed]

Crib Size Only

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

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, [purl to next marker, knit to next marker] 2 times, purl to next marker, k1.

Row 3: Slip 1, [remove marker (rm), p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm, purl to next marker] 2 times, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to end of row.

Row 4: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, knit to next marker] 2 times, purl to next marker, knit to end of row.

Row 5: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm,] 2 times, purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to end of row.

Rows 6-9: Repeat Rows 4 and 5 two times. [4 rows total]

Row 10: Slip 1, slip marker, [knit to next marker, purl to next marker] 2 times, knit to end of row.

Row 11: Slip 1, knit to end of row.

Row 12: Slip 1, [rm, p1, pm, purl to next marker, rm, k1, pm, knit to next marker] 2 times, rm, p1, pm, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 13: Slip 1, [knit to next marker, purl to next marker] 2 times, knit to next marker, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 14: Slip 1, [knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm, purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm] 2 times, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm, purl to last stitch, k1.

Rows 15-18: Repeat Rows 13 and 14 two times. [4 rows total]

Row 19: Repeat Row 13.

Row 20: Slip 1, [knit to next marker, rm, k1, pm, purl to next marker, rm, p1, pm] 2 times, knit to next marker, rm, k1, pm, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-20 twelve more times. [240 rows total]

Repeat Rows 1-10 one more time.

Next 2 Rows: Slip 1, knit to end of row.

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and block!

UPDATE April 26, 2021: We’ve corrected Row 10 and Row 20 of the Crib Size Pattern. We’re sorry for the initial error, but it’s accurate now!

Throw Size Only

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

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1, [knit to next marker, purl to next marker] 2 times, k1.

Row 3: Slip 1, remove marker (rm), p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm, purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 4: Slip 1, [knit to next marker, purl to next marker] 2 times, knit to end of row.

Row 5: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm] 2 times, purl to last stitch, k1.

Rows 6-15: Repeat Rows 4 and 5 five times. [10 rows total]

Row 16: Repeat Row 4.

Row 17: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm] 2 times, k1.

Row 18: Slip 1, slip marker, purl to next marker, knit to next marker, purl to next marker, knit to end of row.

Row 19: Slip 1, knit to end of row.

Row 20: Slip 1, rm, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, p1, pm, purl to next marker, rm, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, p1, pm, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 21: Slip 1, [knit to next marker, purl to next marker] 2 times, knit to end of row.

Row 22: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, rm, p1, k1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, p1, pm] 2 times, purl to last stitch, k1.

Rows 23-34: Repeat Rows 21 and 22 six times. [12 rows total]

Row 35: Repeat Row 21 one time.

Row 36: Slip 1, [purl to next marker, rm, p1, pm, knit to next marker, rm, k1, pm] 2 times, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-36 seven more times. [252 rows total]

Repeat Rows 1-18 one more time.

Next 2 Rows: Slip 1, knit to end of row.

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and block!

Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho
Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho
Woodcut Blanket | Purl Soho