My Knitted Log Cabin Blanket

Log Cabin is a traditional quilting technique that has been adapted to create a knitted blanket. My version is made of six Log Cabin squares, joined together with a border and then with a border around the whole thing.

On Thursday mornings I meet with the Chalford Stitchers for a couple of hours of knitting, stitching and chatting. These stitchers produce beautiful quilts. I hope to start on a quilt this winter, but so far have been knitting with them. When I found the Log Cabin Blanket pattern on the web, I realized that it is a quilt, so over the summer I worked on my quilt while the other stitchers worked on theirs.

If you are in the Cotswolds, come to the Chalford Quilt and Needlecraft Show in the Chalford Village Hall, Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September, 11am to 4:30pm. Many beautiful quilts, and my knitted quilt, will be on display. I will be there Saturday afternoon. Tea and cake!

There are many versions of this pattern (some are listed at the bottom of this post). I chose the pattern created on the VeryPink.com website and adapted it.

Very Pink – Log Cabin Scrap Blanket, there is a link to download Staci’s pattern from Ravelry, also videos showing how to make this blanket. Well worth watching.

The pattern is simple. Everything is garter stitch, so you knit on both sides. All the counting is in multiples of 10. You knit individual blocks (14” square) and when they are done, attach them, not by seaming but by the easier 3 needle cast-off. No seaming, no purling – just picking up, knitting and binding off.

Creating this blanket is the most fun with knitting that I have had in years. The blocks are easy to create, the colors are fun, the counting is easy, the knitting goes fast. Only at the end when you are putting it all together are you working with a big piece of knitting, until then you are just creating 14” square blocks. Deb at my local yarn shop, Three Sheep Wools in Cirencester, helped me pick out the colors.

Log Cabin Blanket
Finished blanket.

I used five colors – beige for some centers and all final borders, two greens and two browns – but you can create these squares in many different color schemes.

Log Cabin Blanket Pattern (Pauline’s variation)

SIZE: 54” x 36” (each square is 14” square)
YARN: Aran weight. I used Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran, a wonderfully soft and beautifully colored yarn. 100% wool.
NEEDLES: 5.0mm / US 8
STITCH: Garter stitch – knit both sides
COLORS: Color A – center square, Color B – middle border, Color C – outer border, Color D – inner and outer final borders. In my example, I used beige for Color A on 4 squares and for Color D. Colors B and C were either the greens or the browns.
NOTE: All rows are Knit. A “garter ridge” is two rows of knitting.

Make the First Square

Each square consists of a center square, the middle border and the outer border. Each border contains four strips. A square is 14″ square.

This graphic is my attempt to show how you knit the square.

Log Cabin Square
Log Cabin Square

Center Square
With Color A, cast on 20 stitches. The cast on side is the Right Side (RS). The first row you knit is the Wrong Side (WS).
Knit 20 garter ridges (40 rows).
Bind off on RS, leaving last stitch on the needle. Keeping the last stitch makes it easier when picking up the next strip.

Middle Border – Strip 1
Turn work so you will be working down the long side of the center square.
With Color B pickup 20 stitches, 1 stitch in between each garter ridge.
21 stitches are on the needle (including one that was on the needle when you started).
First row – Knit until 2 stitches remain on the needle, then knit 2 together (K2tog). 20 stitches remain on the needle.
Knit 10 garter ridges.
Bind off on RS, leaving last stitch on the needle.

You have completed the first strip of the middle border.

Middle Border – Strip 2
Turn work so you will be working along the cast on edge of the center square.
Continuing with Color B pickup 10 stitches from the middle strip you just created (1 stitch in between each garter ridge), then 20 stitches along the cast on edge of the center square.
31 stitches are on the needle (including one that was on the needle when you started).
First row – Knit until 2 stitches remain on the needle, then knit 2 together (K2tog). 30 stitches remain on the needle.
Knit 10 garter ridges.
Bind off on RS, leaving last stitch on the needle.

You have completed the second strip of the middle border. The photo below shows the point where you have picked up the stitches for the third strip.

Log Cabin Blanket
Starting 3rd strip around center square.

Note: When picking up, you are either picking up on garter rows where you pickup one stitch in between each garter ridge, or on a bind off row, where you pickup one stitch for each stitch. Always multiples of 10.

Middle Border – Strips 3 and 4
Continue like this until the complete middle border has been knit around the center square.

Outer Border – Strips 1 through 4
Change to Color C and continue doing strips always picking up in multiples of 10. When this border is completed, your square is finished.

Make six 14” squares.

Log Cabin Blanket
6 squares are made.

Attach the Squares

Lay your squares out, making sure they are all facing the same way (with the long final strip of the square in the same position on each square).

Now it is time to attach them. This is where I deviate from the VeryPink.com pattern. She seams squares together but instead I followed the GetYourHookOn version and joined all squares by knitting out and binding off together.

Log Cabin Blanket
Attach squares in columns.

Use Color D to attach squares and columns and create the outer border.

First, attach a column of three squares.
On the top square of the column, pickup stitches along the bottom side.
Knit 5 garter ridges ending on Wrong Side. Leave stitches on the needle.
On the middle square in the column pickup stitches along the top.
Knit 5 garter ridges ending on Wrong Side. Leave stitches on the needle.
To attach top and middle squares, put the good sides together and do a 3 needle bind off.

Note: I knit an extra row on one square so I could bind off both in the same direction, but it created too large a gap (you can see it below). I think it would have been better to knit to the Wrong Side of each border and then attach them, but I did not do this because the bind off would be going in the wrong direction on one side (does that make sense?). I need to do a sample of this before doing my next blanket.

Log Cabin Blanket
Attach squares in columns.

Repeat to attach the bottom square to the middle square.
Repeat with the squares for the other column.

Attach the Two Columns

Lay out the columns. You are going to attach them in the middle, much the same way you attached two squares.
Pickup down the inner side of one column and knit 5 garter ridges. Leave stitches on the needle. I used a long circular needle for this.
Do the same down the inner side of the other column and then do a 3 needle bind off to join the columns.

Knit the Outer Border

All that is left now is the outer border, which is done in the Log Cabin style! Pickup along one end and make four strips around the whole blanket. I used a long circular needle for this.

How Much Wool Does This Take?

A lot. I did not keep count. Instead I did several trips to Three Sheeps Wool in Cirencester, showing off what I had done so far, and buying more wool. It took me a few tries to work out the color scheme.

The outer border of each square takes just over 1 ball of wool. I would estimate two balls of wool per square, so 12 balls of wool for your squares (but it all depends on the colors you use). It took about six balls of beige for the borders.

Variations

Thinks of all the ways you could make this blanket! A dark inner and outer border would change the look. You could seam the squares together instead of using the inner border (but watch the colors you use on the outer borders of the squares so you can seam them without attaching same colors). You could change the color for each strip the way Staci does in VeryPink.com.

Resources

Log Cabin Blanket
Finished blanket.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

10 thoughts on “My Knitted Log Cabin Blanket”

  1. So glad I found this! Makes a great baby blanket. Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Many thanks!

    1. Jackie, you can print the post using the PRINT function in your browser menu. Or print just my image showing Log Cabin by right clicking on the image, selecting open in a new tab, and then use the PRINT function in your browser to print that.

  2. Trying to learn this knitting thing! I have made a square not like yours at all it starts with 5 cast on and I added one till I got to 50 then decreased to five the knit those five and cast off. Completely as I was told to. Now I have my squares all cast off . However I need to put them together.. I have no idea how a boarder is sew can someone help me??

    1. Join the squares with mattress stitch as you would join two parts of a sweater. You can then make a border around the whole blanket by picking up along one edge, knitting a few rows, then use the log cabin technique to turn and pickup for the next side.

      Here is a YouTube for mattress stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvAS-HCWk9I

      Also look on Ravelry.com for more information.

      In the blanket in this post I joined the squares with a 3 needle bind off, but it made the blanket too loose I thought, so I redid it and stitched the squares together.

  3. knitted this log cabin really loved it i donated it to an elderly gentleman who was living in a shack and in dire need i lent the pattern to a friend she passed it on now i cant seem to download it canyou possibly e mail it to me thanks so much jackie silman

    1. Hi Jackie, the pattern is in the post text. If you print this page you will have the pattern.

      I tried making one of these recently and failed miserably. I think I picked up the wrong number of stitches. I need to read this post again and give it another try.

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