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Outer Block Blanket ~ Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I finished the Outer Block Blanket and now the free pattern is available for you right here on Spud says! You may think that a blanket isn’t a good hot weather project but actually it is. The blocks are 10 inch squares which makes them small and portable. The stitch patterns I chose are simple but interesting and they all add great textural interest.

Here is some information you might like to know:


Finished measurements: 32-inches by 32-inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton; 100 grams/60 yards), 1 hank each in Giggle #7215, Wave #7217, Sandbox #7212, Cedar #7209, Cornsilk #7208, Sequoia #7205, Carbon #7203, and Flannel #7201, and 2 hanks in Hedge #7201

Needles: US size 15, 24-inch circular and a spare needle in a similar size

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


Yarn needle


Ruler or tape measure

Scrap yarn

Crochet hook (used for provisional cast-on only) in US size P


I used a provisional cast-on that is done with a crochet chain. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used a 3-needle bind off to join the blocks into columns. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used the mattress stitch to join the columns of blocks vertically. Click here for the video tutorial!

I used the Russian bind-off on the border edges. Click here for a video tutorial!

I am pleased that just about every aspect of this blanket has a corresponding video tutorial available. This should be really helpful if you have any questions along the way.

I hope you enjoy this fantastically fun knit! Any baby would love to snuggle up in this squishy machine washable blanket. The Outer Block Blanket would also make the best lap blanket around for adults or older kids or teens. It feels like  heaven when it’s on your lap. Trust me.

I hope you dive in and whip up this delicious treat of a blanket. The colors are perfect for the upcoming fall season or for any time of year in my book.


Click here to download the free pattern for the Outer Block Blanket!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Outer Block Blanket!

15 Responses to “Outer Block Blanket ~ Free Pattern”

  1. July 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm MominaBox says:

    Looks like another wonderful project!

  2. July 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm Sandra Keith says:

    What a lovely blanket. Thanks for posting the pattern.

  3. July 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm Suzanne says:

    Great project for trying out new stitches. They are almost like oversized gauge squares. :-)

  4. July 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm Maggie Hassett says:

    Wow! Susan, your Outer Block Blanket is truly a beautiful project to knit! I do want to make this blanket for myself and for others. Thank you so very much for sharing your pattern with your fans!

  5. August 1, 2011 at 3:07 am Lucy says:

    It’s super lovely! I love patch blankets. Alan’s using the Dream Catcher Blanket everynight.

  6. August 1, 2011 at 7:30 am Soraya says:

    Susan – it’s a beautiful blanket. Could you tell me if each square took a full skein of Outer? I’m thinking of a more limited palette (pinks and whites) for my pinkaholic niece. Thank you for your inspiring projects.

    • August 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm sanderson says:

      Each square took less than one hank of Outer.

  7. August 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm Barb says:

    This is gorgeous! Looks like you could make it any size you might want – from this sweet baby/lap size to a whole lot larger. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  8. August 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm Jean Saja says:

    All the tutorials in one place! Thanks!

  9. August 2, 2011 at 10:18 am Sara in WI says:

    Beautiful blanket! Thank you for another sweet pattern!(But first I have to put the Dream Catcher together. It has been sitting in a basket for a year now!)
    Camp was wonderful. I hope that you get a chance to go soon!

  10. August 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm joy greenberg says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  11. October 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm Blair says:

    Some actual in-depth dialogue here, for a change.