Rhythmic surprises make great music… and great blankets, too! With its off-beat melodies, our Syncopation Blanket hits unexpected notes within the steady flow of a six-column repeat.

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho

Garter stitch, with its wonderful corrugated texture, serves as a back beat to smooth slip-stitch columns, elegant grace notes cleverly knit into the fabric of this piece.

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho

The key here for making this design sing is crisp stitch definition. Our new Wigeon does the job with its classic, tidy spin and palette of distinctive solid colors. One hundred percent fine Falkland merino, it is as hardy as its birthplace but soft enough for cozy movie nights!

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho

Super pretty yarn for a super interesting knit… That’s music to our ears!

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

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Materials

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho
  • 7 (12) balls of Purl Soho’s Wigeon, 100% fine Falkland merino. Each ball is 359 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 2,513 (4,200) total yards required. We used Warm Ivory.
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 40- or 60-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
  • 18 (30) stitch markers (or pieces of scrap yarn) in six colors: 3 (5) markers of each color (see Notes)

Gauge

24 stitches and 56 rows (or 28 garter ridges) = 4 inches in garter stitch

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 33¾ inches wide x 43 inches long (56¼ inches wide x 43 inches long)

NOTE: You cast on for the Crib size blanket along the short side, which orients the slip-stitch columns vertically. For the Throw size, you cast on along the long side, which orients the columns horizontally.

Sample: We knit the Crib size.

Notes

COLUMN REPEAT

One Column Repeat consists of 6 Slip Stitch Columns. You will work 3 (5) Column Repeats across the blanket, giving you a total of 18 (30) Slip Stitch Columns.

STITCH MARKERS

The pattern uses stitch markers to indicate where to work each Slip Stitch Column. You will place 3 (5) of Markers A, B, C, D, E, and F for each Column Repeat. We recommend using six different colors of stitch markers to easily differentiate between Markers A, B, C, D, E, and F (make a little key for yourself!). Slip markers as you come to them.

SLIP STITCH PATTERN

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back (wyib), knit to end of row.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, *knit to next marker, slip 3 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), repeat from * to final marker, slip 3 wyif, knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Pattern

GARTER STITCH BEGINNING

Cast on 203 (337) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1: Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back (wyib), knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 for 1 inch.

COLUMN REPEATS

Column A Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k46, place marker (pm) A, k21] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern (see Notes) until piece measures 4 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Column B Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k19, pm B, k48] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 5 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Column C Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k58, pm C, k9] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 11 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Column D Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k30, pm D, k37] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 15 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Column E Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k6, pm E, k61] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 17½ inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing B markers when you come to them.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 24 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Column F Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, [k39, pm F, k28] 3 (5) times, k1.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 30 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing A markers when you come to them.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 35 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing D markers when you come to them.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 39 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing C markers when you come to them.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 41½ inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing E markers when you come to them.

Starting with Row 2, work Slip Stitch Pattern until piece measures 42 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

Next Row: Work Row 1 of Slip Stitch Pattern, removing F markers when you come to them.

GARTER STITCH ENDING

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

Repeat Row 1 for one more inch, ending with a wrong-side row.

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

FINISHING

Weave in ends and wet block your finished blanket!

Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho
Syncopation Blanket | Purl Soho