When a yarn like Santolina comes around, our fiber-loving instincts take over and works in progress become “works we’ll get back to,” and the time to cast on with this beauty becomes now!

Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho

Santolina is a perfectly calibrated blend of 70% organically grown cotton, 20% rayon from bamboo, and 10% hemp. Together these fibers have an incredibly soft hand, a very satisfying drape, a gently heathered look, and a subtle shine… And you can put in the washing machine and dryer, too!

Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho

Santolina’s palette of silvery colors lends itself to the smooth gradient of our Sand Drift Blanket. Originally knit in our undyed Sweetgrass, we used the same simple (and fun!) slip stitch pattern but, this time, added some color to the picture.

Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho

Here in an ocean of blues, or else in a cool glen of greens or a cozy den of pinks, our Sand Drift Blanket in Santolina Bundle comes in a crib and throw size. Sorry to whatever else we were knitting… There’s a new yarn in town!

Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

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Materials

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Our Sand Drift Blanket in Santolina Bundle comes in a Crib size (above left) and a Throw size (above right). It includes…

  • 8 (16) skeins of Purl Soho’s Santolina, 70% organically grown cotton, 20% rayon from bamboo, and 10% hemp. Each skein is 328 yards; approximately 328 (656) yards of Color A and E and 592 (1,184) yards of Color B, C, and D required.
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Santolina
    • Color B: 2 (4) skeins of Santolina
    • Color C: 2 (4) skeins of Santolina
    • Color D: 2 (4) skeins of Santolina
    • Color E: 1 (2) skein(s) of Santolina

You will also need…

Choose from 3 pretty palettes…

BLUES, shown above and the colors we used for our sample

  • Color A: Heirloom White
  • Color B: Ice Pond
  • Color C: Juniper Berry
  • Color D: Stormy Sea
  • Color E: Well Water

GREENS

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  • Color A: Heirloom White
  • Color B: Winter Green
  • Color C: Green Agave
  • Color D: Sea Turtle
  • Color E: Teal Spruce

PINKS

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  • Color A: Beige Bunny
  • Color B: Heirloom White
  • Color C: Peach Lily
  • Color D: Blossom Pink
  • Color E: Red Smoke

Gauge

20 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern, with yarn doubled

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 30 inches wide x 38 inches long (42 inches wide x 56 inches long)

SAMPLE: We knit the Crib size.

Notes

Slip Stitches

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Double The Yarn

Throughout this pattern you will hold two strands of the same color yarn as you work. The easiest way to do this is to pull from both the inside and outside of the ball.

Stitch Pattern

Row 1 (right side): With Yarn 2, *slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), k1, repeat from * to last stitch, slip 1 wyib.

Row 2 (wrong side): With Yarn 2, *slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), k1, repeat from * to last stitch, slip 1 wyif.

Row 3: With Yarn 1, *k1, slip 1 wyib, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 4: With Yarn 1, *k1, slip 1 wyif, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Pattern

NOTE: This pattern is very similar to our original Sand Drift Blanket pattern, but this one has two sizes, a different gauge and cast on number, and uses five instead of six colors.

With 2 strands of Color A, cast on 151 (211) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): With Color A, *k1, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Join Color B.

Work in Stitch Pattern (see Notes), using two strands of Color A as Yarn 1 and two strands of Color B as Yarn 2, until piece measures 9½ (14) inches from cast-on edge.

Cut Color A.

Using just Color B (doubled), repeat Rows 1-4 of Stitch Pattern one time.

Join Color C.

Work in Stitch Pattern, using two strands of Color B as Yarn 1 and Color C as Yarn 2, for 9½ (14) inches.

Cut Color B. 

Using just Color C (doubled), repeat Rows 1-4 of Stitch Pattern one time.

Join Color D.

Work in Stitch Pattern, using two strands of Color C as Yarn 1 and two strands of Color D as Yarn 2, for 9½ (14) inches.

Cut Color C.

Using just Color D (doubled), repeat Rows 1-4 of Stitch Pattern one time.

Join Color E.

Work in Stitch Pattern, using two strands of Color D as Yarn 1 and two strands of Color E as Yarn 2, for 9½ (14) inches.

Cut Color D.

Using just Color E (doubled), repeat Rows 1-4 of Stitch Pattern one time.

With right side facing you, use Color E (doubled) to bind off in 1×1 Rib. Here’s how…

Bind Off Row (right side): K1, *p1, pass first stitch over, k1, pass first stitch over, repeat from * to end of row.

Weave in ends and block your finished blanket!

Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho
Sand Drift Blanket In Santolina | Purl Soho