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November 27, 2013

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever in Rhino and Life Jacket.

When one of the Spud & Chloë team left for college this fall, we sent him off with a little something to remember us by–the Cabin Fever Blanket in Spud & Chloë Outer! We’re confident it’s going to keep him comfy and cozy in his new apartment. We also think it’s the perfect project for those cold days when all you want to do is sit by the fire and knit.

Cabin Fever Blanket in Rhino and Leapfrog.

The Cabin Fever Blanket rocks for so many reasons:

• It’s ultra warm (both when it’s finished and while your knitting.)

• The yarn is super squishy and cuddly.

• You can create your own custom color combination.

• It’s the perfect project for cold weather.

Oh, and did we mention that there’s a crochet version too?

The crochet version in Snow Day and Mermaid.

Both patterns are free and both use Spud & Chloë Outer. Designers Sarah Smuland (knitter extraordinaire) and Jillian Cautrell (crochet master) worked collaboratively to ensure that dimensions, stripe placement, and overall feel of the blanket were the same.

The Details

Pattern: Cabin Fever Blanket – Knit
• Cabin Fever Blanket – Crochet
Designer: Sarah Smuland
• Jillian Cautrell
Size: 58″ x 48″
• 60″ x 40″
Needles: Size 11 (8mm) needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
• Hook: Size P (10mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer, shown in: Leapfrog #7223 and Rhino #7220 (knit)
• Mermaid #7222 and Snow Day #7216 (crochet)
• Rhino #7220 and Buoy #7219 (going away gift)
Free Knit Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store
Free Crochet Pattern available in the Spud & Chloë Pattern Store

July 31, 2011

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!

April 28, 2010

Dream Catcher Baby Blanket – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am excited that the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket free pattern is now available. It is yummy! Here is some information you might like to know about the blanket:


Finished Measurements: 29 inches by 32 ½ inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 2 skeins each in Pollen #7508, Grass #7502, Splash #7510, Firefly #7505 and Watermelon #7512

Needles: US size 7 needles or the size needed to obtain the gauge (I used a 24-inch circular to work back and forth for the squares and edging.)

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch


The Dream Catcher looks great on the back of my couch, across the laps of my kids, on the back of a comfy chair….

… and if I had a baby to wrap up, that would be the cutest use of all. The Sweater yarn is washable so there are no worries about the care of this project. This makes it perfect to give as a gift, too.

Here is the  frontside or the right side of the blanket.

Here is the backside or wrong side of the blanket. I think the wrong side looks just as good as the right side. I love all of those seam ridges. I always weave in my ends as I go so when I am done the back looks as good as the front. It’s all neat and tidy and best of all, it’s finished when I finish!

Have fun and keep me posted if you make your own Dream Catcher.

Click here for three video tutorials on seaming the squares for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

Click here for a fun fast-speed 3 minute video set to music of me stitching all of the squares together over several days!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Dream Catcher Baby Blanket!