Our Herringbone Twill Blanket is an easy-to-knit wonder that conjures the distinctive zigs and zags of woven twill, as ancient as fabric itself.

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

You achieve the look of a herringbone twill with easy slip stitches that travel diagonally in one direction, then the other. Like a weaver treadling a familiar pattern, you’ll work your way through a simple repeat and watch as a classic twill emerges, as elegant as a beautifully made suit.

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho
Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

The intriguing intersection between the two colors is a lovely moment that may seem like a complicated colorwork technique is required, but really, it’s just what naturally happens when you finish working the contrast color and move on to the main one!

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

To make a soft and supple Herringbone Tweed Blanket with luminous stitches, you’ll need one Cotton Pure On A Cone, plus a few skeins of Cotton Pure in a contrast color. Our generous cone of organically grown cotton allows you to knit most of the blanket without having to wind skeins or weave in ends… Very satisfying!

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

And when it comes to choosing colors, you’ll fall in love with Cotton Pure’s bountiful palette, inspired by a landscape in full bloom. This sophisticated pairing of Pink Smoke and Honey Yellow absolutely glows, or you could try your own pairing… Think subtle tones, muted neutrals, or bold zingers!

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

With its handwoven sensibility, satisfying stitch pattern, and beautiful yarn, the Herringbone Twill Blanket is truly a project to be treasured for many years to come.

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho founder and co-owner, Joelle Hoverson, and Purl Soho designer, Gianna Mueller. Click here to see even more of Gianna’s designs!

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Materials

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho
  • Main Color (MC): 1 cone of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure On A Cone, 100% organically grown cotton yarn. Each cone this sport weight yarn is 2,789 yards/ 1 kg; approximately 1200 (2710) total yards required. We used Pink Smoke. NOTE: The Crib size will not require the entire Cone, so you can make two Crib-size blankets with a Cone, or order 5 Cotton Pure skeins instead.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 2 (4) skeins of Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure, 100% organically grown cotton yarn. Each skein of this sport weight yarn is 279 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 400 (925) total yards required. We used Honey Yellow.
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 32- or 40-inch circular needles, or size needed to achieve gauge
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We came up with 3 more color combinations to inspire you, plus the one we knit for our sample! Clockwise from top left, they are…

MC Pink Smoke + CC Honey Yellow; MC Brown Date + CC Violet Orchid; MC Blue Gale + CC Coastal Blue; MC Hemlock Green + CC Fresh Lettuce

GAUGE

29 stitches and 55 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

NOTE: As can happen with slip stitch patterns, you may not be able to match both the stitch and row gauge. If in doubt, match the stitch gauge and repeat Rows 1–24 to the measurements given in the pattern, as best you can.

SIZES

Crib (Throw)

Finished Dimensions: 29¾ inches wide x 35 inches long (44¾ inches wide x 54 inches long)

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches.

SLIP STITCHES

Slip all slip stitches purlwise unless otherwise instructed.

PATTERN

With Contrast Color (CC), cast on 216 (324) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set- Up Row (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back (wyib), purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k2, *slip 2 (see Notes) with yarn in front (wyif), k2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, k1.

Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, slip 2 wyif, k1.

Row 4: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, slip 2 wyib, p1, k1.

Rows 5–12: Repeat Rows 1–4 two more times.

Row 13 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, *slip 2 wyif, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, slip 2 wyif, k1.

Row 14 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, p1, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, k1.

Row 15: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, *k2, slip 2 wyif, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3.

Row 16: Slip 1 knitwise wyib, p3, *slip 2 wyib, p2, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, slip 2 wyib, p1, k1.

Rows 17–24: Repeat Rows 13–16 two more times.

Repeat Rows 1–24 four (7) more times, or until piece measures approximately 10 (16) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 24.

Cut CC and join Main Color (MC).

With MC, repeat Rows 1–24 fifteen (23) more times, or until piece measures approximately 35 (54) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 24.

With right side facing you, bind off all stitches knitwise.

FINISHING

Weave in ends and gently wet block.

Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho
Herringbone Twill Blanket | Purl Soho

Learn About Cotton Pure On A Cone + All Our Beautiful Yarns

Cotton Pure On A Cone is the ultimate yarn for amazing cotton blankets and garments! 2,789 whopping yards of 100% organically grown cotton yarn, you’ll have only two ends to weave in when you’re done… Music to every knitter’s ears! Cotton Pure is also a true natural beauty. This sport weight yarn feels wonderfully soft and supple and comes in tons of gently heathered colors you won’t find anywhere else! Need some contrast colors or not quite so much yarn? Shop our collection of Cotton Pure 100-gram skeins, too!

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