Upper Stormy Clouds

Updated: Feb 19


 

Clouds come in so many different shapes and sizes, especially big stormy ones. The lower middle photo makes me think of a character from Antz the movie!


I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of months trying to photograph them whilst trying not to get soaked by them 😬. The one by Exeter Quay was a particularly good one to take a photo of from afar.


I have very mixed feelings about this square. The pattern is consistent with the lower clouds pattern, just taller and only 2 vertical repeats. In terms of the self-consistency of the blanket and ease of knitting, I like it, but it doesn’t begin to represent the interesting cloud shapes I’ve seen and photographed. So... ...I don’t know, but I will go with it for now.

 

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

Row 1: k7, p22, k7

Row 2: p5, k26, p5

Row 3:k4, p28, k4

Row 4: p4, k28, p4

Row 5: k3, p30, k3

Row 6: p3, k30, p3

Row 7: k2, p32, k2

Row 8: p2, k32, p2

Row 9: k2, p32, k2

Row 10: p2, k32, p2

Row 11: k2, p32, k2

Row 12: p3, k30, p3

Row 13: k3, p30, k3

Row 14: p4, k28, p4

Row 15: k5, p5, k2, p12, k2, p5, k5

Row 16: p13, k10, p13

Row 17: k13, p10, k13

Row 18: p15, k6, p15

Rows 19-24: st stitch

Row 25: p11, k14, p11

Row 26: k13, p10, k13

Row 27: p14, k8, p14

Row 28: k14, p8, k14

Row 29: p15, k6, p15

Row 30: k15, p6, k15

Row 31: p16, k4, p16

Row 32: k16, p4, k16

Row 33: p16, k4, p16

Row 34: k16, p4, k16

Row 35: p16, k4, p16

Row 36: k15, p6, k15

Row 37: p15, k6, p15

Row 38: k14, p8, k14

Row 39: p6, k2, p5, k10, p5, k2, p6

Row 40: k5, p26, k5

Row 41: p5, k26, p5

Row 42: k5, p26, k5

Rows 43-48: 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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