Small Fluffy Clouds

Updated: Feb 19


 

A new pattern for this blanket, fluffy clouds come in all shapes and sizes, but for a consistent repeating pattern I went with the same pattern for each small cloud. I had to make them with a less rounded shape than I would have liked as with a vertical pattern the right side stocking stitch sticks out a bit too much. In the end I think they look a little bit like boats, boats floating in the sky perhaps! I also added a little offset to the rows to make it look a bit less regimented.

I first knitted this square in the drizzle at White Sands Bay near St David's in Pembrokeshire.


 

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.

*Note* this one is not symmetrical - purl rows read from the left!




 

Written pattern:

See blanket pattern for required needles & yarn.

(k = knit, p=purl)


Cast on 36 stitches

Rows 1-2: st stitch (starting with a knit row)

Row 3: k3, p12, k6, p12, k3

Row 4: p2, k14, p4, k14, p2

Row 5: k2, p14, k4, p14, k2

Row 6: p3, k11, p7, k11, p4

Row 7: k4, p11, k7, p11, k3

Row 8: p5, k8, p10, k8, p5

Row 9: k8, p5, k13, p5, k5

Row 10: p6, k3, p15, k3, p9

Rows 11-14: st stitch

Row 15: p8, k6, p12, k6, p4

Row 16: k5, p4, k14, p4, k9

Row 17: p9, k4, p14, k4, p5

Row 18: k3, p7, k11, p7, k8

Row 19: p8, k7, p11, k7, p3

Row 20: k2, p10, k8, p10, k6

Row 21: k1, p5, k13, p5, k12

Row 22: p13, k3, p15, k3, p2

Rows 23-26: st stitch

Row 27: k5, p12, k6, p12, k1

Row 28: k14, p4, k14, p4

Row 29: k4, p14, k4, p14

Row 30: p1, k11, p7, k11, p6

Row 31: k6, p11, k7, p11, k1

Row 32: p3, k8, p10, k8, p7

Row 33: k10, p5, k13, p5, k3

Row 34: p4, k3, p15, k3, p11

Rows 35-38: st stitch

Row 39: p6, k6, p12, k6, p6

Row 40: k7, p4, k14, p4, k7

Row 41: p7, k4, p14, k4, p7

Row 42: k5, p7, k11, p7, k6

Row 43: p6, k7, p11, k7, p5

Row 44: k4, p10, k8, p10, k4

Row 45: p4, k13, p5, k13, p1

Row 46: p15, k3, p15, k3

Rows 47-48: st stitch

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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