Wave Blanket

by Craig on August 9, 2008


When both of my sisters-in-law announced they were pregnant within months of each other, my Mom and I knew there’d be lots of knitting to do! Mom brought each of them to the store to pick colors for our Wave Blanket.

After finishing both blankets, Mom realized she liked the blanket so much that she wanted to do it again. So here’s number 3 –

Wave Blanket on the sofa

Wave Blanket in bright colors of Blue Sky Worsted Cotton

I love the bright rainbow colors!

Mom says it’s the combination of the easy-to-memorize feather and fan pattern and the softness of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton yarn that makes this blanket so much fun to knit. We stock all of the colors, so you can make dozens of color combinations.

Wave Blanket detail

yarnovers and decreases give the Wave Blanket it's curves

Here’s the pattern if you’d like to knit one yourself!


approximately 33” by 39”

6 hanks of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton
40 inch US 9 circular needle

16 sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, but gauge is not critical for this project

K – knit
P – purl
K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together as one stitch.

Row 1 (right side) – knit
Row 2 – purl
Row 3 – *(K2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times; repeat from * to end.
Row 4 – knit.
Repeat Rows 1 to 4.

CO 144 stitches. Repeat pattern. Change to new color after finishing Row 4 of pattern.

Bind off loosely and weave in ends.


UPDATE: In the time since we knit our first Wave Blanket, Blue Sky has added lots of fun colors to the Worsted Cotton palette. They’ve also introduced Blue Sky Multi Cotton yarn; it’s the same organic cotton but in tonal shades. There is less yardage in a skein of Multi Cotton, so the bands on the blanket will be narrower than those in solids. I think having bands of varying width will look great! 7/30/2011

Julie August 17, 2014 at 6:36 am

Is there a way I could do this on 4mm needles in double knit please

Craig August 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Yes, just swatch on 18 stitches. Measure the width and decide how wide you want your blanket to be. Multiply the width you want your blanket to be times 18 and that’s your cast on number.

lynn October 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

wanted to know if instead of yo, can I kfb, I hate the holes left in yo.

Craig October 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

Yes, you can replace the yarnovers with kfb or any other increase you like.

Miki October 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

I’m new at knitting and getting ready to knit this pattern but see that Dianne posted a comment in Dec, 2012 that row 3 should be done differently than the pattern said. Please clarify for me if her comments are correct. Do we do k2tog 6 times after the yok1 6 times instruction or do only k2tog 3 times??? Have been unable to find the answer. Thanks for your help.

Eileen November 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I haven’t used this yarn before. Can it be machine washed/dried?

Chris December 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Heartfelt thanks to Sarah and her tip to use markers.
That has been a tremendous help for this senior who
Kept losing track.

Eileen Paton January 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Hi. I have done this blanket for each of my daughters about 25 years ago and now want to again. I like to use size 19 circular needles. So to make it larger than a baby blanket and with that larger size needle, how many stitiches to CO? I seem to remember something in the 200 range? Also if you switch colors in the middle say between rows 2 and 3 instead of after 4, with that create a gradient effect in the coloring? Thanks.

Arlene January 23, 2015 at 10:43 am

I would love to knit this blanket for an adult. (1) how wide and how long should it be?
(2) I would like to knit it in 4 different colors so how many skeins of each color would I need using worsted acrylic yarn?

Fran January 26, 2015 at 9:49 am

I want to make this for a king sized bed. Do you have any idea how many stitches I would need for the initial row?

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