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Wave Blanket

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

160 thoughts on “Wave Blanket

  1. No, any worsted weight yarn will make a blanket of approximately the same size. A thinner yarn will make a smaller blanket and a thicker yarn will make a wider blanket.

  2. I love this pattern and have used it for a few blankets a few years ago. I made the blankets bigger though and now I can not remember how I did it. Do I increase the number of stitches by 18? Or what? I have already ripped out twice because my 3rd row didn’t work, and I do understand the 3rd row, just not starting with the right amount of stitches. Thanks!

  3. The pattern does have an 18 stitch repeat, Erin, so as long as you add in multiples of 18, it should work out fine. Good luck!

  4. Wonderful and easy pattern. I love it! I’m a self-taught knitter with fibromyalgia. I look for patterns that are repetitive so I don’t have to concentrate on counting rows. I’m not sure what all of the confusion is about. People are getting messed up with the (k2tog) 3 times because they’re not repeating the (k2tog) 3 times at the asterisk.

    (k2tog) 3 times, (k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times, (k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times…

    At the end, you’re left with 6 stitches which is where the (k2tog) 3 times comes in. It works perfectly.

    Very easy. It’s the FIRST pattern I’ve followed that I’ve never had to rip the whole thing apart and start over. 🙂

  5. Hi~I just finished the wave blanket for my daughter’s first baby using alternating blue and white waves. I love the way it turned out and would like to make a baby cap incorporating the same pattern. Have you got any suggestions? Thanks!

  6. I have a question about the wave blanket.
    If I want to make it wider so I need to know how many stitches make-up the pattern in row 3 so I can do the math. Is it 18 relative to casting on (not counting yarn overs?


  7. Wow! I’m glad I’m NOT the only one that is confused with Row 3! I know that I’ve always had a problem in math, and obviously, there are others just like me, lol! Wish me luck on trying this pattern a second time. I do tend to get confused easily and I’m not a new knitter–just new to this pattern! If I wasn’t a little frustrated, I would almost think this was funny…

  8. Is it possible to do the duplicate stitch on these?
    Because I want to make three almost identical blankets for mor friends, who are sisters, but each one will be in their favorite color and have their name on it.

    So, is it possible to duplicate stitch their names onto these? Or will I have to figure something else out?

  9. I am fairly new to knitting and this pattern is so easy to follow. I just love how it looks. I have made it a bit larger to fit a full size bed. I chose some odd ball colors but it looks great. doing a medium blue and a dark purple.

    Thanks for the pattern I love it!!


  10. Hi, I just love your pattern!!! My daughter choose her favorite colors and I’m practicly done knitting it! So beautifull and easy to knit, just the 3rd row that I need to pay attention to. For the 3rd row I just start the row with 3 times (k2tog) and then all the way to the end I don’t bother and repeat 6 times (yo, k1) then 6 times (k2tog) and when you get at the end of the row you finish as you start with 3 times (k2tog). Thanks again for sharing it.

  11. Thanks very much for sharing. I have just started so I will keep you posted on my progress x

  12. I am doing this as a scarf and 36 across, so it is working fine. Going off others comments, I’ll just cast on a multiple of 18 to the size I want when I want to make the blanket. Very pretty!

  13. Also, I drew it out since I am visual. I used a highlighter to draw each stitch in a row. Then to figure out row 3, I drew a connecting line on the row I drew, and used a highlighter to REdraw under my first picture.And used a different color to mark the YO. I counted to make sure the numbers stayed the same. Pattern is fine as written, just remember that you start AND end with K2 Tog 3 times.

  14. Fabulous easy pattern, I needed to concentrate the first couple of panels, but then it was so easy. Its going to make a beautiful baby blanket. Thanks for sharing.

  15. 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

  16. […] blanket forever, but nonetheless have not learned to crochet, so when I saw this pattern for a knitted wave blanket, I knew I had to make it. I had a lot of leftover yarn from the log cabin blanket, so this is all […]

  17. 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.

  18. Please clarify how many rows of each color. Thanks.

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

  20. 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

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

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

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

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

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

  31. 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

  32. 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!

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

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

  35. 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.

  36. […] blanket forever, but still haven’t learned to crochet, so when I saw this pattern for a knitted wave blanket, I knew I had to make it. I had a lot of leftover yarn from the log cabin blanket, so this is all […]

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

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

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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.

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

  46. 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

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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!!

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

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