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Looming Clouds

Updated: Mar 8


I wanted to add another clouds texture for the Saunton Sands blanket - often there are clouds looming on the horizon that you hope stay on the horizon!

The looming clouds textured square is based on the stormy clouds, but turned into a full bank of clouds.


***NOTE: Pattern changed on 08/03/2024 to match the book***.

The clouds have been moved up by two rows in the new version below, to add some buffer rows at the base of the design. This makes a neater transition between squares when making a blanket in one piece rather than in individual squares. To revert to the previous version, you should skip rows 1-2 in the new version below, and work them as rows 47-48 instead.

I made the patterns in a spreadsheet before knitting up a test swatch. The bottom left photo in the collage above shows the trial patterns I went through before deciding which I liked.

General principles for square patterns:

  • Repeat pattern horizontally and vertically & simple to knit pattern.

  • 36 stitches x 48 rows for main pattern as these are very divisible numbers.

  • An 'x' means purl on a knit row, and knit on a purl row to create the texture.


This lower chart is the format I found to be most useful to me:

  • White = knit row (right side), grey = purl row (wrong side).

  • An 'x' = purl on a knit row, and knit on a purl row

  • The numbers are just a handy guide to the number of stitches in each knit or purl block.


Written pattern:

See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.

(k = knit, p=purl)

Cast on 36 stitches

Rows 1 and 2: St stitch two rows.

Rows 3 to 14: St stitch 12 rows (starting with a p row).

Row 15: P2, k1, p30, k1, p2.

Row 16: P4, k28, p4.

Row 17: K5, p5, k2, p12, k2, p5, k5.

Row 18: P13, k10, p13.

Row 19: K13, p10, k13.

Row 20: P15, k6, p15.

Row 21 to 26: St stitch six rows.

Row 27 to 38: St stitch 12 rows (starting with a p row).

Row 39: P15, k1, p4, k1, p15.

Row 40: K14, p8, k14.

Row 41: P6, k2, p5, k10, p5, k2, p6.

Row 42: K5, p26, k5.

Row 43: P5, k26, p5.

Row 44: K3, p30, k3.

Row 45 to 48: St stitch four rows.

Cast off


I have made these patterns available for free but they are ©Blanketscapes, the patterns are not to be copied or resold. I'm happy for you to make and sell finished blankets using these patterns for charitable, non-commercial, purposes only. Please credit @blanketscapes on Instagram or Facebook for your final creations, I'd love to see what you make.


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