My Knitted Red Log Cabin Blanket

After I finished my first knitted log cabin blanket, I started another version. This time I used DK wool instead of Aran. I took my ideas from Mason-Dixon Knitting Flying Geese Blanket. This blanket was very easy to make. Because it is done in garter stitch, where you knit every row, it goes quickly. Here is the finished blanket (which needs blocking, but I didn’t bother). It looks a bit like a flag, but I loved working with these colors.

Knitted Red Blanket
Finished blanket

SIZE: 43″ x 30″ (each log cabin square is 11.5” square)
YARN: DK weight. In total, 700gms of yarn.
Center log cabin squares: Manos del Uruguay wool/silk (100gm) – 3 red. Each ball makes 2 log cabin squares.
Borders: Debbie Bliss DK Wool (50gm) – 2 lime green (inner borders), 3 medium green (outer borders), 1 dark green (joining squares), 2 light green (final border). 1 ball makes four 10 garter ridge row sections.
NEEDLES: 4.0mm
STITCH: Garter stitch – knit both sides
NOTE: All rows are Knit. A “garter ridge” is two rows of knitting.

Step 1 – Knit six Log Cabin Squares

Each square is a center square and two complete borders.
Center square – cast on 20, knit 20 garter ridges (40 rows). Cast off. Using the Log Cabin Square technique described in my earlier post, knit two complete borders around the center square. Cast off.

Step 2 – Add borders to each Log Cabin Square

Figure out your design and colors. Then figure out the borders needed. In my blanket, the outside edges were medium green and the inside edges lime green. You can see in the photo below that I pinned a number to each square to keep track. Then I made a chart showing which border was put on each square. Since some inner borders are shared, each square does not have borders on all sides.

For the first corner square, add a border to each side. These are not log cabin style borders. Pick up 60 stitches along the edge and knit 10 garter ridges. Cast off. Repeat for each side.

When your borders are done, make the corners with a mitered square. Pick up 10 stitches on one border and continue to pick up 10 stitches on the other border. Knit garter stitch, decreasing two stitches in the center (K2tog twice) on every second row (WS).

Join the squares together using mattress stitch. I joined the squares in one row of three, then another other row of three, then joined these rows together.

Knitted Red Blanket
Putting the blanket together

Step 3 – Knit the final Log Cabin Border

You are almost done. Add a border Log Cabin style. I chose a small 5 garter ridge border.

Knitted Red Blanket
Adding the final border

Conclusions

I like the size and weight of this blanket more than my first one. The first one was a bit too big and stretchy, because of the heavier Aran wool and larger stitch. The Red Blanket holds together better because of the mattress stitch joining the squares and rows and those mitered squares in the corners. I love knitting log cabin squares.

Next Projects

I am half-way through a crochet granny square blanket, using small four-round squares where the color changes each round. This gives a modern look to the old fashioned granny square. I am using the pattern from Simple Crochet by Erica Knight.

I want to do the Nine Patch Mitered Square by Nancy Wilson (pattern costs $1.00 on Ravelry). This is a knitted version of the quilts my friends in the Chalford Stitchers are making. These mitered squares are garter stitch. I tried the stocking stitch version in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book, but I did not like how it turned out.

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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.

One thought on “My Knitted Red Log Cabin Blanket”

  1. I love it Pauline. It’s really beautiful. Makes me want to knit. Thank you for sharing this. Inspiring.

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