Big, chubby cables in softer than soft wool is one of the top ten reasons we knit. Our Up + Down Cables Blanket pattern supplies the classic cables, while our new Plenty extra fine merino brings the plumpness and good feelings!

Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho

Here, simple cables get interesting by fading in and dissolving out at irregular intervals, like the tide washing ashore. An 8×2 rib creates soft and cuddly edges, while columns of cables give the blanket substance and heft.

Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho

And for a huge boost of cozy, we cast on with our new Plenty, wonderfully sumptuous and squishy, incredibly soft and snuggly, and also 1000% beautiful. We used Heirloom White for a creamy, classic cable, but choose from our whole palette of 18 gently heathered colors for some truly happy knitting!

Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

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Materials

Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho
  • 10 (17) skeins of Purl Soho’s Plenty, 100% extra fine merino wool. Each skein is 139 yards/ 100g; approximately 1,390 (2,363) yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • US 9 (5.5 mm), 40- or 47-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
  • A cable stitch holder

Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in 8×2 rib

16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizes

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 32 inches wide x 43¼ inches long (42 inches wide x 54¼ inches long)

Sample: We knit the Crib size.

Notes

C8F (CABLE 8 FRONT)

Slip 4 stitches onto cable stitch holder and hold in front of work, k4, then k4 from cable stitch holder.

Our Cable Tutorial shows you the basic steps of working a cable. The cable in the tutorial requires you to slip 3 stitches instead of 4, but the concept is the same!

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern works over a multiple of 50 + 10 stitches.

Pattern

Cast on 160 (210) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): P4, *k2, p8, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k2, p4.

Row 2 (right side): Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures 3 inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

BEGIN CABLES

Row 1 (right side): K4, *[p2, k8] 3 times, p2, C8F (see Notes), p2, k8, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 2–8: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 9–16: Repeat Rows 1–8 once more.

Row 17 (right side): K4, *[p2, k8, p2, C8F] 2 times, p2, k8, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 18–24: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 25–40: Repeat Rows 17–24 two more times.

Row 41 (right side): K4, *[p2, k8, p2, C8F] 2 times, p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 42–48: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 49–64: Repeat Rows 41–48 two more times.

Row 65 (right side): K4, *p2, k8, [p2, C8F] 4 times, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 66-72: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 73–88: Repeat Rows 65-72 two more times.

CONTINUE IN ALLOVER CABLE PATTERN

Row 89 (right side): K4, *p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 90–96: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Repeat Rows 89–96 eleven (20) more times.

END CABLES

Row 1 (right side): K4, *[p2, C8F] 3 times, p2, k8, p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 2–8: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 9–16: Repeat Rows 1–8 once more.

Row 17 (right side): K4, *[p2, C8F] 2 times, [p2, k8] 2 times, p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 18–24: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 25–40: Repeat Rows 17–24 two more times.

Row 41 (right side): K4, *p2, k8, p2, C8F, [p2, k8] 2 times, p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Rows 42–48: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

Rows 49–56: Repeat Rows 41–48 once more.

Row 57 (right side): K4, *[p2, k8] 4 times, p2, C8F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, p2, k4.

Row 58: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches,

Repeat Row 58 for 3 inches, ending with a wrong-side row.

FINISHING

With the right side facing you, bind off in pattern. Here’s how…

Bind-Off Row (right side): K2, [pass first stitch over, k1] 2 times, *[pass first stitch over, p1] 2 times, [pass first stitch over, k1] 8 times, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, [pass first stitch over, k1] 4 times.

Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.

Weave in ends and gently block your finished blanket.

Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho
Up + Down Cables Blanket | Purl Soho