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Upper Stormy Clouds

Updated: Mar 8


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.


***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.

Row 3: K7, p22, k7.

Row 4: P5, k26, p5.

Row 5: K4, p28, k4.

Row 6: P4, k28, p4.

Row 7: K3, p30, k3.

Row 8: P3, k30, p3.

Row 9: K2, p32, k2.

Row 10: P2, k32, p2.

Rows 11 and 12: Rep Rows 9 and 10.

Row 13: K2, p32, k2.

Row 14: P3, k30, p3.

Row 15: K3, p30, k3.

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.

Rows 21 to 26: St stitch six rows.

Row 27: P11, k14, p11.

Row 28: K13, p10, k13.

Row 29: P14, k8, p14.

Row 30: K14, p8, k14.

Row 31: P15, k6, p15.

Row 32: K15, p6, k15.

Row 33: P16, k4, p16.

Row 34: K16, p4, k16.

Row 35 and 36: Rep Rows 33 and 34.

Row 37: P16, k4, p16.

Row 38: K15, p6, k15.

Row 39: P15, k6, 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.

Rows 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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Kat Love
Kat Love

It's my first time knitting and I want to do so for my niece at 3 month old. Now that I see this pattern I'm lost that ever. I think I need to do something easier than this. But thanks for your hard work on these blankets and your blog


Camille Buckley
Camille Buckley

What is the gauge?

I don't see it in the directions although it is alluded to.


Hi Camille,

Thanks for your interest - I get 22 stitches and 30 rows per 10 cm with 3.75 mm needles with Stylecraft Special DK.


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