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

dianne December 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

ive just started to work this blanket the best way i remember on row 3 is k2tog 3 times then yok1 6 times,k2tog 6 times, yok1 6 times all the way across the row then last 6 stitches is k2tog 3 times
this is a very pretty blanket thank you for the pattern im making this for me

Mrs. Hart January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

I made one out of a bunch of scrap worsted weight I had when I knew I would be moving in a few months and was needing to get some things either used up, given away, etc. FANTASTIC results! I love the multicolor look, and my husband and I use the blanket all the time when we’re at home watching TV, taking a nap on the couch, reading, etc.

Janet March 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Please clarify how many rows of each color. Thanks.

Craig March 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

There are 8 repeats of the four-row pattern in each color.

Kelsey April 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

how do you keep it from decreasing. I don’t understand it. I would like to create this blanket but all I see is that you keep decreasing on the fourth row. why are there no instructions on how to add extra stitches to keep it from decreasing. I would really like to know. Could you clarify this form me thank you

Craig April 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Kelsey, the yarn overs are increases, so your stitch count never changes.

Janice June 8, 2013 at 4:06 am

I have followed the same pattern but using 4ply yarn an 288 stitches and it is ver effective

Colleen July 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Can you purl instead of knitting Row 4 so as to keep it in the smooth stockinette style? Otherwise it’s knit-purl-knit-knit.

Craig July 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

Yes, you can purl Row 4 for stockinette. That’s another great variation!

Lesley July 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Hi I live in Australia , can you please tell the ply of the wool used for this lovely blanket and are the needles the same size as our size 9
thank you Lesley

Craig July 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Worsted Cotton is a 10-ply yarn. Our size 9 is a 5.5mm or a 5 in the UK. I’m not sure which system you use in Australia. Hope that helps!

hannah August 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

I’m wondering if there’s a way to convert this to a machine knitter? I made one by hand and my machine just got fixed and I’ve love to be able to add this pattern to my machine pattern collection!

Craig August 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

I have very little machine knitting experience, so I’m not really sure. Sorry I can’t help!

A pennell September 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

wondering if you can you patons Canadian yarn to knit this blanket

Craig September 7, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Yes, you can. Any worsted weight yarn that you can get gauge with will work.

Joan September 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I believe I have done this blanket in the past but it was done in strips. I cannot find the pattern and would love if you could adjust this pattern to be knit in strips that are sewn together. Thank you

Sarah Merriman September 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I recommend putting markers every 18 stitches. Much easier to keep track of the pattern that way. Very enjoyable. Thank you for making it available!

Craig September 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

That’s a great suggestion! Markers always help. Glad you enjoyed it!

Danielle Elliott September 28, 2013 at 1:41 am

What method are you using to connect the different colors of yarn?

Craig September 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

When it’s time to start a new color, I leave the tail of the old one where it is and just start knitting with the new color, leaving a 6-8″ tail. When the blanket’s finished, I go back and weave in the ends.

theresa carey November 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

when you say in row 3 y/o knit 1 ,6 times do you mean do y/o for
each stitch

Patricia January 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

Joan – I made this years ago in strips. 72 stitches per strip and I made 3 of them and sewed them together. Turned out really nice. Or if one wider afghan preferred, 216 stitches.

Candice January 31, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I seem to have very noticeable holes in the pattern, is there anyway to fix this?? Or do I need to switch the wool I am using?

Reba mcdonald February 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I am wanting to do this blanket.can I knit it using just two colors.

Craig February 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

Yes, the blanket can be done in one color, two colors, or many colors!

Craig February 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

Well, there are supposed to be holes created by the yarnovers. If there showing up in other places, you might be making yarnovers unintentionally. The problem wouldn’t be the yarn.

Marge March 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

Can you use baby sport yarn or regular worsted yarn for this pattern? I think it is absolutely beautiful.

Craig March 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Yes, you can use any weight yarn. A thinner yarn will make a narrower blanket, so you may want to add repeats, which are 18 stitches each.

Sue March 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Hi Craig,
Would you get a similar effect by using all knit stitches verses using a purl row?

Craig March 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hi Sue, you still get the waves with all knits and no purl row, but it’s a pretty different look. Swatch it and you’ll see. Craig

Linda June 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

What would I c/o to make a baby size blanket?

Craig July 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

Linda, the blanket is a good size for a baby blanket as it’s written, so I’d just follow the pattern. If you’d like to make it smaller, just cast on a number of stitches that’s a multiple of 18.

Lynn Majoros July 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I live in Canada and no one is able to tell me how much cotton yarn I will need as they sell by the ounze (or gram) and do not know how many ounzes are in a hank, Help!!

Craig July 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Hi Lynn, each skein is 100 grams with 150 yards. I hope that helps! Craig

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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