My wonderful friend and talented designer Anne Berk made this amazing intarsia blanket for all of you using Chic Sheep by Marly Bird. Each row of the blanket randomly uses all 24 colors of Chic Sheep. Not only is this a great way to try out all of the colors in the collection but it is the perfect way to use up your ends from other projects you are making with Chic Sheep.
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This AMAZING blanket pattern by Anne Berk features all 24 colors of Chic Sheep, in each row. Anne used a random pattern to make the blanket. Making the yarn butterflies first and then randomly selecting them out of a bag for each row give this random pattern.
Learn to make your own yarn butterflies in the great tutorial that Anne did in the studio with me the last time she visited.
Although some may thing that purchasing one ball of each color is a lot of yarn to purchase there are some great options with this blanket. One of the great things about this pattern is that it can be your go to pattern as you continue to make other patterns with Chic Sheep. Each time you make a pattern and have some left over yarn, save it and then you can make this blanket with your extras.
Another note is that Anne made this entire blanket and had yarn left over with just one ball of each color for the body. There was enough yarn remaining from each ball of color that she could make another blanket body…she would only need to get more yarn for the border.
The finished size of this blanket is 55.5″ (141 cm) in width and 52.5″ (133.5 cm) in length which is a very nice sized blanket.
Chic Sheep Dream Blanket Materials:
- Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird
- 3 balls: Velvet Color (A)-used for the boarder
- 1 ball each: Fairy Tale Color (B), Dragon Fruit Color (C), Sangria Color (D), Vineyard Color (E), Regal Color (F), Royal Color (G), VIP Color (H), Suite Color (I), Poolside Color (J), Creme De Mint Color (K), Green Tea Color (L), Polo Color (M), Lipstick Color (N), Sunset Color (O), Mai Tai Color (P), Mimosa Color (Q), Stiletto Color (R), Sterling Color (S), Platinum Color (T), Lace Color (U), Linen Color (V), Suede Color (W), Leather Color (X), or approximately 87 yards (79.5 meters) of 23 other colors.
- Susan Bates Circular Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7] 32″ (81 cm)
- 312 yarn bobbins (butterflies) 6 yd lengths
- 72 yarn bobbins (butterflies) 3 yd lengths
- 13 plastic bags
- Yarn needle
Chic Sheep Dream Blanket Gauge:
GAUGE: 20 sts = 4″ (10 cm); 28 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Layer Chart, after blocking.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.
Although this is not an item you will wear and gauge is not a crucial element you will still want to check your gauge to the pattern. Checking your gauge to the pattern will tell you if you will have enough yarn. If your gauge is much larger than what Anne got you may run out of yarn before completing the blanket. If your gauge on the other hand is much smaller the finished size of your blanket will not be what Anne got, rather it will also be much smaller.
Blanket Measures 55.5″ (141 cm) in width and 52.5″ (133.5 cm) in length.
Intarsia is a method of color knitting that uses a new strand of yarn for each block of color. When changing colors, the yarn strands must be wrapped in a way to prevent a gap.
Knit Row: Knit to the color change, behind the work, bring old color yarn (the color you just finished using) over the new yarn to the left and bring the new yarn up from below on the right, then continue to knit with the new color.
Purl Row: Purl to the color change, in front of the work, bring old color yarn over the new yarn to the left and bring the new yarn up from below on the right, then continue to purl with the new color.
- Each full triangle uses 6 yards (5.5 meters), and each half triangle uses 3 yards (2.75 meters).
- While working the Layer Chart, choose the color bobbins in the order as shown in the Layer Diagram, or choose them randomly as follows: There are 25 full triangles and 2 half triangles per layer. On each layer, work each of the 24 colors once, then choose random colored bobbins for the extra full triangle and the 2 half triangles. Arrange the colors in order so they are randomly dispersed in relation to the colors on the previous layers. There will be a few bobbins of color leftover when the blanket is finished.
- On each row, as each color is changed, use the intarsia method to prevent any gaps from forming between colors.
k = knit
kfb = knit in the front and back
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
Chic Sheep Dream Blanket Pattern:
(Worked over a multiple of 2 sts + 1)
Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat row 1 for Seed st.
FULL TRIANGLES: Hold the 24 colors together and measure and cut as a unit to save time. Be careful to maintain a relaxed tension when measuring, or they may be cut too short.
Cut all 24 colors into 6 yard (5.5 meter) lengths and wind each separate length into a yarn bobbin (SEE MARLY’S VIDEO ON YARN BOBBINS). Place each set of 24 yarn bobbins into a separate bag. Make 13 sets, one for each layer of triangles
HALF TRIANGLES: Cut all 24 colors into 3 yard (2.75 meter) lengths and wind onto bobbins. Make 3 sets and place all together into a bag. Use randomly next to each side edging, and to create one or more divided triangle on each layer.
Cast on 277 with Color A, then work 14 rows in Seed st, ending after a right side row.
Increase Row (wrong side): Work 9 sts in Seed st, place a marker, kfb, purl to the last 9 sts, place another marker, work Seed st to end – 278 sts.
Next Row (right side): Work Seed st to marker as established, slip the marker, work Row 1 of the Layer Chart using desired colors (see Notes) to the next marker, slip the marker, work to the end in Seed st as established.
Work in established Layer pattern, keeping 9 edge sts in Seed st until Rows 1–52 of the Layer Pattern have been completed 6 times, then work Rows 1–26 once more.
Decrease Row: (right side): Change to Color A only and work in Seed st to marker, remove marker, p2tog, purl to marker, remove marker, work in Seed st to end – 277 sts remain.
Work 14 rows in Seed st. Bind off all sts in Seed st.
Weave in all loose ends.
Block blanket to measurements.
Chic Sheep Dream Blanket Chart:
Worked over a multiple of 20 sts.