Our Side Street Blanket is like a beautiful bird’s-eye view of a city neighborhood, where breaks in the colored stripes read as side streets. The delightful spaces where a city hides its best kept secrets, it’s when you take the time to wander off the map a bit that you find the real hidden gems.

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho

This project follows a road mapped out by our wonderful Library Blanket. Similarly, for the Side Street Blanket you knit alternating horizontal and vertical stripes, picking up stitches when you switch directions (no sewing here!). It’s quick on the needles in easy-peasy garter stitch, and those course changes keep the navigation interesting.

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho

To find all these glorious marled colors, we used our Linen Quill, with its earthy texture and extensive palette of colors, along with our incredibly soft and gentle Line Weight. Together, they double not just the number of hues you create, but the depth and beauty of each color you knit.

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho
Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho

Like rambling through a new city for the first time, our Side Street Blanket has surprises around every corner. Pick up exactly the Linen Quill and Line Weight you need with our Side Street Blanket Bundle, available for both crib- and throw-sized blankets!

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Joelle Hoverson.

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Materials

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Our Side Street Blanket Bundle comes in two sizes: Crib (above, left) and Throw (above, right).

NOTE: For the Crib size, you bind off after the purple stripes and do not go on to knit the green and red ones.

The Crib (Throw) Bundle includes…

  • 7 (12) skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards/ 100 grams.
    • 2 (4) skeins of Wheat Flour; approximately 806 (1489) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Pale Oats; approximately 120 (120) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Eggshell Blue; approximately 97 (97) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Green Turquoise; approximately 55 (67) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Crocus Bud; approximately 248 (248) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Peony Pink; approximately 77 (94) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Clover Green; approximately – (42) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Kiln Red; approximately – (78) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Red Poppy; approximately – (189) yards required
  • 7 (12) skeins of Purl Soho’s Line Weight, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 494 yards/ 100 grams.
    • 2 (4) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 988 (1890) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Hydrangea Blossom; approximately 219 (219) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Clear Sky; approximately 202 (244) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of True Turquoise; approximately 35 (53) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Crocus Bud; approximately 197 (197) yards required
    • 1 (1) skein of Lilac Fog; approximately 108 (108) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Clover Green; approximately – (51) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Kiln Red; approximately – (148) yards required
    • – (1) skein of Autumn Oak; approximately – (169) yards required

NOTE: For the Crib size, we used 2 full skeins of Line Weight in Heirloom White. To make sure you don’t run short, work your gauge swatch in a Color Combo that doesn’t use Heirloom White and be sparing with your ends. To be extra, extra safe, feel free to pick up an extra skein of this color. Wait to wind it into a ball so that, if you don’t end up using it, you can return it within six months for store credit!

You will also need…

GAUGE

20 stitches and 40 rows (20 garter ridges) = 4 inches in garter stitch, holding one strand of Line Weight and one strand of Linen Quill together

SIZES

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 38 inches wide x 37 inches long (40 inches wide x 60 inches long)

Sample: The blanket pictured here is the Throw size.

NOTES

YARN DOUBLED

You will double the yarn throughout this pattern, pulling one strand of Linen Quill and one strand of Line Weight together.

CUTTING YARN

When you switch to a new color and the pattern says “cut yarn,” cut both strands of the colors you are dropping, unless the following color combination uses one of the same colors. In that case, you should just cut the one color you won’t be using.

COLOR COMBO LIST

NOTE: Combos N-V are used in the Throw size only.

A: Wheat Flour Linen Quill (LQ) + Heirloom White Line Weight (LW)

B: Green Turquoise LQ + True Turquoise LW

C: Green Turquoise LQ + Hydrangea Blossom LW

D: Eggshell Blue LQ + Hydrangea Blossom LW

E: Eggshell Blue LQ + Clear Sky LW

F: Pale Oats LQ + Clear Sky LW

G: Crocus Bud LQ + Hydrangea Blossom LW

H: Crocus Bud LQ + Crocus Bud LW

I: Crocus Bud LQ + Lilac Fog LW

J: Pale Oats LQ + Hydrangea Blossom LW

K: Peony Pink LQ + Hydrangea Blossom LW

L: Peony Pink LQ + Crocus Bud LW

M: Peony Pink LQ + Lilac Fog LW

N: Clover Green LQ + True Turquoise LW

O: Clover Green LQ + Clover Green LW

P: Green Turquoise LQ + Clover Green LW

Q: Red Poppy LQ + Autumn Oak LW

R: Red Poppy LQ + Kiln Red LW

S: Kiln Red LQ + Kiln Red LW

T: Kiln Red LQ + Autumn Oak LW

U: Peony Pink LQ + Autumn Oak LW

V: Red Poppy LQ + Clear Sky LW

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION

Knit every row.

VERTICAL STRIPE SECTION

Row 1 (right side): Knit to marker, slip marker, slip last stitch of Vertical Stripe Section, knit next stitch of Horizontal Stripe Section, pass slipped stitch over to join Vertical Stripe Section to Horizontal Stripe Section, turn work.

Row 2 (wrong side): Move working yarn between needles to back of work, knit to end of row, slipping marker when you come to it.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

PICK UP FOR HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION

Orient blanket with cast-on edge at the bottom and Vertical Stripe Section across the top. With right side facing you and with specified color, pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge along selvage edge, starting with upper right hand corner of blanket. Be sure to start picking up between cable-cast-on row of Vertical Stripe Section and first garter ridge, and finish picking up between last garter ridge and bind-off row from the Vertical Stripe Section. [150 stitches on the needle]

NOTE: For help with picking up stitches, please visit our tutorial and scroll down the page to the Along A Vertical Edge: Garter Stitch video.

SCHEMATIC

CRIB

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho

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THROW

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PATTERN

NOTE: As you work, always hold together one strand of Linen Quill and one strand of Line Weight (see Notes, Yarn Doubled). The Color Combo List (see Notes) tells you which two colors to hold.

With Combo A, cast on 150 stitches.

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION 1

With Combo A, work Horizontal Stripe Section (see Notes) for 5 (6) inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn (see Notes).

VERTICAL STRIPE SECTION 1

At the beginning of next row, with right side facing you and Combo B, use a cable cast on to loosely cast on 1 stitch, place marker (pm), loosely cast on 44 stitches. [195 stitches]

Work Vertical Stripe Section (see Notes) until Combo B measures 3 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo C, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo C, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo D, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo E, work Vertical Stripe Section for 4½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo E, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo F, work Vertical Stripe Section for 8 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo F, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo E, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, until all stitches from previous Horizontal Stripe Section have been worked, removing marker on last row and ending with a right-side row.

Next Row (wrong side): Bind off knitwise and cut yarn.

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION 2

With Combo A, work Pick Up For Horizontal Stripe Section (see Notes). [150 stitches]

Still with Combo A, work Horizontal Stripe Section for 4 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

VERTICAL STRIPE SECTION 2

At the beginning of next row, with right side facing you and Combo G, use a cable cast on to loosely cast on 1 stitch, pm, loosely cast on 69 stitches. [220 stitches]

Work Vertical Stripe Section until Combo G measures 3 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo H, work Vertical Stripe Section for 4 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo I, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo I, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo H, work Vertical Stripe Section for 5 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo G, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo G, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo J, work Vertical Stripe Section for 3 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo K, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo L, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo M, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2½ inches, until all stitches from previous Horizontal Stripe Section have been worked, removing marker on last row and ending with a right-side row.

Next Row (wrong side): Bind off knitwise and cut yarn.

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION 3

With Combo A, work Pick Up For Horizontal Stripe Section. [150 stitches]

Still with Combo A, work Horizontal Stripe Section for 5 (4) inches, ending with a wrong-side row.

Crib Size Only

Bind off loosely and cut yarn.

Continue on to the Sashing section, below.

Throw Size Only

Cut yarn.

VERTICAL STRIPE SECTION 3

At the beginning of next row, with right side facing you and Combo N, use a cable cast on to loosely cast on 1 stitch, pm, loosely cast on 9 stitches. [160 stitches]

Work Vertical Stripe Section until Combo N measures 6 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo N, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo O, work Vertical Stripe Section for 5 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo O, work Vertical Stripe Section for 9 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo P, work Vertical Stripe Section for 6 inches, until all stitches from previous Horizontal Stripe Section have been worked, removing marker on last row and ending with a right-side row.

Next Row (wrong side): Bind off knitwise and cut yarn.

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION 4

With Combo A, work Pick Up For Horizontal Stripe Section. [150 stitches]

Still with Combo A, work Horizontal Stripe Section for 4 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

Bind off loosely and cut yarn.

VERTICAL STRIPE SECTION 4

At the beginning of next row, with right side facing you and Combo Q, use a cable cast on to loosely cast on 1 stitch, pm, loosely cast on 54 stitches. [205 stitches]

Work Vertical Stripe Section until Combo Q measures 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo Q, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo Q, work Vertical Stripe Section for 4½ inches, ending with a wrong side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo R, work Vertical Stripe Section for 6½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo S, work Vertical Stripe Section for 4 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo T, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1 inch, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo A, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inch, ending with a wrong side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo T, work Vertical Stripe Section for 2 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo U, work Vertical Stripe Section for 1½ inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

With Combo V, work Vertical Stripe Section for 3 inches, ending with a wrong-side row. Cut yarn.

HORIZONTAL STRIPE SECTION 5

With Combo A, work Pick Up For Horizontal Stripe Section [150 stitches]

Still with Combo A, work Horizontal Stripe Section for 6 inches, ending with a wrong-side row.

SASHING: BOTH SIZES

With right side facing you, rotate blanket 90 degrees clockwise so left selvage is at the top, ready to pick up for Left Sash.

With Combo A, pick up and knit one stitch between each garter ridge along selvage edge of Horizontal Stripe sections, and one for each stitch on Vertical Stripe sections. [195 (300) stitches]

Knit every row for 4 (5) inches, ending with a wrong-side row.

With a right-side facing you, bind off loosely. 

With right side facing you, rotate blanket 180 degrees clockwise so right selvage is at the top, ready to pick up for Right Sash. Join Combo A and work Right Sash as for Left Sash.

FINISHING

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho
Side Street Blanket | Purl Soho