In amazing Fiddlehead alpaca, our Piece Of Cake Blanket is a slice of delightful knitting, a sweet celebration of color, and a wonderful project that is, in fact, a piece of cake!

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Following a traditional log-cabin construction, you first work the Silver Lilac rectangle near the middle, then rotate and pick up stitches along its edge to knit the next block in Black-Eyed Susan, and around in a spiral you go!

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In our super bulky Fiddlehead, this beauty knits up at lightning speed, but you may want to linger on this incredibly soft 100% alpaca. Its wavy structure is similar to a bouclé, which creates a wonderfully curly fabric that makes for an amazingly light and terrifically warm blanket.

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From the first rectangle in Silver Lilac to the last in Heirloom White, the icing on the cake is getting to knit with seven of Fiddlehead’s beautiful colors. Each one is a mix of two shades of alpaca roving, which results in a beautiful complexity and deeply satisfying knitting.

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With eleven skeins for the crib size and sixteen for the throw, each Piece of Cake Bundle has exactly what you need, so you can have your cake and snuggle up under it, too!

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Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!

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Materials

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Our Piece Of Cake Blanket Bundle includes  (NOTE: the Piece Of Cake Blanket Bundle is no longer available.)…

11 (16) skeins of Purl Soho’s Fiddlehead, 100% alpaca. Each skein is approximately 65 yards/ 100 grams.

  • Color A: 2 (4) skeins of Silver Lilac; approximately 120 (250) yards required
  • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Black-Eyed Susan; approximately 60 (100) yards required
  • Color C: 1 (1) skein of Warm Ginger; approximately 40 (65) yards required
  • Color D: 2 (2) skeins of Pink Sea; approximately 80 (130) yards required
  • Color E: 1 (2) skein(s) of Ocean Air; approximately 60 (100) yards required
  • Color F: 2 (3) skeins of Desert Gray; approximately 100 (165) yards required
  • Color G: 2 (2) skeins of Heirloom White; approximately 80 (130) yards required

You will also need…

NOTE: Spare needles are for putting stitches on hold that you later knit. If you’d rather use scrap yarn, you can. Just be sure you have spare needles to slip the on-hold stitches onto so you can knit them when the time comes!

GAUGE

9 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

NOTE: For the Crib size, you’ll use almost all of Colors A, B and E, and for the Throw size, you’ll use almost all of of Colors A, C, D, and G. To avoid running out of yarn, make sure to achieve this gauge, keep tails short, and use other colors for your swatch.

SIZES

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 30 inches wide x 44 inches long (40 inches wide x 58 inches long)

SAMPLE: We knit up the Crib size.

NOTES

CONSTRUCTION

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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

GARTER RIDGES

A “garter ridge” is two rows of knit stitches. It looks like a raised horizontal stripe, although in Fiddlehead, the garter ridges are a bit obscured by the texture of the yarn. If you’re having trouble counting ridges, either use the measurements we give in the pattern or work twice the number of ridges, counting rows as you go.

PICKING UP STITCHES

For the cleanest pick-up edge, insert the needle into the outer most bump along the edge of the garter ridge. For help, please visit our Picking Up Stitches tutorial and scroll down to the “Along a Vertical Edge: Garter Stitch, Into The Ridge.”

PATTERN

BLOCK A

With Color A, cast on 16 (20) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row.

Mark right side of fabric with scrap yarn or removable stitch marker.

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 21 (27) inches from cast-on edge and until you have 48 (60) garter ridges (see Special Instructions), ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 16 (20) stitches onto spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color A.

BLOCK B

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so left selvage is at the top.

With Color B, pick up and knit (see Special Instructions) 48 (60) stitches along top edge.

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from cast-on edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 48 (60) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color B.

BLOCK C

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so Block A cast-on edge is at the top.

With Color C, pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along Block B selvage, then 16 (20) more stitches along Block A cast-on edge. [32 (40) total stitches]  

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from pick-up edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 32 (40) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color C.

BLOCK D

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so Block A right selvage is at the top.

With Color D, pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along Block C left selvage, then 48 (60) more stitches along Block A right selvage. [64 (80) total stitches]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from pick-up edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 64 (80) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color D.

BLOCK E

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block A stitches are at the top.

With Color E, pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along left selvage of Block D, then with same working needles, knit across 16 (20) on-hold Block A stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block B. [48 (60) total stitches]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from pick-up edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 48 (60) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color E.

BLOCK F

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block B stitches are at the top.

With Color F, pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along left selvage of Block E, then with same working needles, knit across 48 (60) on-hold Block B stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block C. [80 (100) total stitches]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from pick-up edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Slip all 80 (100) stitches onto same spare needles (or scrap yarn).

Cut Color F.

BLOCK G

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block C stitches are at the top.

With Color G, pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along left selvage of Block F, then with same working needles, knit across 32 (40) on-hold Block C stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block D. [64 (80) total stitches]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 7 (9) inches from pick-up edge and you have 16 (20) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut Color G, but do not slip stitches to spare needle (or scrap yarn).

BOTTOM BORDER

With right side facing you and Color A, knit every row until piece measures approximately 1 (2) inch(es) from end of Color G and you have 2 (4) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving last bind-off stitch on the needle.

Do not cut Color A.

RIGHT BORDER

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block D stitches are at the top.

With Color A, pick up and knit 2 (4) stitches along selvage of Bottom Border, 16 (20) more stitches along Block G left selvage, then with same working needles, knit across 64 (80) on-hold Block D stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block E. [99 (125) total stitches including bind-off stitch from Bottom Border]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 1 (2) inch(es) from pick-up edge and you have 2 (4) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving last bind-off stitch on the needle.

Do not cut Color A.

TOP BORDER

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block E stitches are at the top.

With Color A, pick up and knit 2 (4) stitches along selvage of Right Border, then with same working needles, knit across 48 (60) on-hold Block E stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block F. [67 (85) total stitches including bind-off stitch from Right Border]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 1 (2) inch(es) from pick-up edge and you have 2 (4) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving last bind-off stitch on the needle.

Do not cut Color A.

LEFT BORDER

With right side facing you, turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so on-hold Block F stitches are at the top.

With Color A, pick up and knit 2 (4) stitches along selvage of Top Border, with same working needles, knit across 80 (100) on-hold Block F stitches, then pick up and knit 16 (20) stitches along right selvage of Block G, then pick up and knit 2 (4) stitches along selvage of Bottom Border. [101 (129) total stitches including bind-off stitch from Top Border]

Knit every row until piece measures approximately 1 (2) inch(es) from pick-up edge and you have 2 (4) garter ridges, ending with a wrong-side row.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends and gently block as desired.

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