Friday, April 11, 2008

FO: Come Sail Away--and another Free Pattern!

This has been done for...a while. I've been frustrated in my efforts to get a decent picture. It took less than a week to knit and was really fun.

Pattern: Come Sail Away baby blanket (my design)

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (superwash wool) in Delft Heather. About 7.5 balls.

Needles: Size 7 Knit Picks Options circulars

Gauge: 18 sts. x 24 rows to 4 inches after washing

Finished Size: about 28" x 32" (but this yarn really, really grows when it hits water; it was smaller before washing.)

FREE PATTERN:

Cast on 120 stitches. Work in garter stitch until piece measures two inches, ending with RS row.

Boat pattern:

Next row (WS) and all WS rows: k10, p30, k5, p30, k5, p30, k10

Row 1: k16, p18, k17, p18, k17, p18, k16
Row 3: k15, p20, k15, p20, k15, p20, k15
Row 5: k14, p22, k13, p22, k13, p22, k14
Row 7: k13, p24, k11, p24, k11, p24, k13
Row 9: k12, p26, k9, p26, k9, p26, k12
Row 11: knit all stitches
Row 13: k12, p14, k1, p4, k16, p14, k1, p4, k16, p14, k1, p4, k19
Row 15: k13, p13, k1, p5, k16, p13, k1, p5, k16, p13, k1, p5, k18
Row 17: k14, p12, k1, p6, k16, p12, k1, p6, k16, p12, k1, p6, k17
Row 19: k15, p11, k1, p7, k16, p11, k1, p7, k16, p11, k1, p7, k16
Row 21: k16, p10, k1, p8, k16, p10, k1, p8, k16, p10, k1, p8, k15
Row 23: k17, p9, k1, p9, k16, p9, k1, p9, k16, p9, k1, p9, k14
Row 25: k18, p8, k1, p9, k17, p8, k1, p9, k17, p8, k1, p9, k14
Row 27: k19, p7, k1, p9, k18, p7, k1, p9, k18, p7, k1, p9, k14
Row 29: k20, p6, k1, p9, k19, p6, k1, p9, k19, p6, k1, p9, k14
Row 31: k21, p5, k1, p9, k20, p5, k1, p9, k20, p5, k1, p9, k14
Row 33: k22, p4, k1, p8, k22, p4, k1, p8, k22, p4, k1, p8, k15
Row 35: k23, p3, k1, p7, k24, p3, k1, p7, k24, p3, k1, p7, k16
Row 37: k24, p2, k1, p6, k26, p2, k1, p6, k26, p2, k1, p6, k17
Row 39: k25, p1, k1, p5, k28, p1, k1, p5, k28, p1, k1, p5, k18
Row 41: k25, p1, k1, p4, k29, p1, k1, p4, k29, p1, k1, p4, k19
Row 43: k25, p1, k1, p3, k30, p1, k1, p3, k30, p1, k1, p3, k20
Row 45: k25, p1, k1, p1, k32, p1, k1, p1, k32, p1, k1, p1, k22
Row 47: k25, p1, k1, p4, k29, p1, k1, p4, k29, p1, k1, p4, k19
Row 49: k25, p1, k1, p3, k30, p1, k1, p3, k30, p1, k1, p3, k20
Row 51: k25, p1, k1, p1, k32, p1, k1, p1, k32, p1, k1, p1, k22
Row 52: work as WS row

End of boat pattern

Knit all stitches next 9 rows (ending with RS row).

Repeat boat pattern (beginning with WS row).

Knit all stitches next 9 rows (ending with RS row).

Repeat boat pattern (beginning with WS row).

Work two inches in garter stitch and bind off.

68 comments:

sophanne said...

That is beautiful. What a lucky lucky baby.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Really lovely, nice free-style action!!

Kristin said...

Good good work! I'm sure it will be loved.

punkin said...

You are amazing. Do you have turbo jets on your needles?

Thanks for sharing.

marit said...

It's beautiful!

Karen said...

Abslutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing :-)

TheBlackSheep said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the pattern too!

Life's a Stitch said...

Definitely an heirloom. Beautiful.

ali said...

Adorable- great looking baby gift. Oh, and did I mention beautiful knitting?

Happy knitting-
ali

CraftyLzrd said...

I can't remember how I ran across this pattern/post but I have to admit I LOVE the pattern! I have stitch it twice now (once in blue and another in "Aqua Mist") for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. I am always looking for free patterns that work up quickly to go into the layettes we give to sailors and Marines. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern!

Pat said...

I LOVE this - I was looking for a pattern to knit a blanket each for my two Grandsons - I don't know how they feel about sailing and boats - but I love them - thank you for sharing your design with us.

Martha in California said...

Thank you for sharing this pattern with everyone. I'm knitting up this blanket right now. Hopefully I can post pics soon. thanks again.

Diana said...

Just finished this in Tidepool Heather for my first grandchild. I made 4 repeats, not 3, of the sailboat, in a mere and exact 7 skeins. I was worried about its bumpiness all along until I washed and blocked it and all came out smooth as a baby's....It's a lovely pattern, especially since I live on a boat here in San Diego!

Erin said...

Thank you so much for making this pattern free! I'm knitting this for my nephew who is due in Aug. & it's just perfect!

Julie said...

I am really excited/nervous to try this pattern - but I know it is perfect for my friend who is expecting. Question: I haven't done any complicated patterns - anything that involves as much counting as this pattern does. Does anyone have any helpful hints about attacking a pattern like this? Or is it really just as simple as that I just need to focus and carefully COUNT while knitting??

Yarnhog said...

Hi, Julie. Blogger won't give me your email address, so I hope you check back and see this.

The pattern is really easy. Once you get the first few pattern rows done, you'll be able to "read" your knitting and see what comes next. I find it help to put stitch markers at the beginning and end of each repeat so that I can keep track of the numbers without having to recount entire rows. If you do run into trouble, please contact me!

roseygirl said...

Wow! this is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

This is truly a beautiful pattern. You are very creative and skilled.

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing. This is adorable!!!

e_donaldson said...

This turned out fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

- Elizabeth
Co-Owner
www.missimagination.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby blanket. I'm a beginner and could follow your pattern easily. I am knitting in Hobby Lobby "I love this yarn" navy tweed#9001 (navy with bits of primary colors) and it looks very nautical. Thank You!!!!

hooksforfeet said...

Wonderful! My best friend has a baby on the way and her favourite thing in the world is sailboats. This will make her day!

Thank you very much for being so kind and sharing with us;

Clair said...

Yikes, this post was years ago! I had a question about the pattern... I want to knit this on straight needles, and I'm having trouble with the WS and RS. This means Wrong Side and Right Side? Also, "Next row (WS) and all WS rows: k10, p30, k5, p30, k5, p30, k10" does this mean every other row would be that stitch pattern? Wouldn't that make it look strange? I'm so confused! I'm a beginner! Ack!

Islandgal said...

Claire, After you cast on, put a safety pin at the end of that row....that pin will mark the beginning of each WS or Wrong Side. Then follow instructions for all WS rows (the next line in the pattern after the cast on instructions, the one you wrote out in your post, so yes, do that every other row). Then do "Row 1" which will be your first row of RS or Right Side rows. Then a WS row, then "Row 3", etc. The beauty of knitting is you do EXACTLY what it says and don't try and second-guess and it'll come out perfectly! Good luck! It's a fun and easy pattern--you CAN do it!

Clair said...

Thank you Islandgal! I still have yet to learn to take that leap, haha. I'll give this a shot then, since I already start another (just in case no one responded, I wanted to make sure I had a back up!) maybe they will get two! Yay!

Lulu said...

i loooooooooooove this pattern..I just finished mine...Its easy for a beginner knitter like me..
Hope you come out with a Heart pattern next...I would love it..

Lisa said...

I'd like to make this blanket for my nephew, but would like to make it a little bigger. If I wanted to add a 4th sailboat along each row. How many stitches do I need to cast on instead of the 120 in the pattern?

pcox56 said...

You would add an additional k 5 p 30 before the final knit 10 and then throughout the pattern add one more repeat as you go. Like this

Next row (WS) and all WS rows: k10, p30, k5, p30, k5, p30, k5, p30, k10
And another example row
Row 13: k12, p14, k1, p4, k16, p14, k1, p4, k16, p14, k1, p4, k16, p14, k1, p4, k19
It will be easier to do as you knit along, and I think I would add a 4th Row of motifs so it will be longer as well as wider.
I'd love to know how this works out, pls let me know.

Lisa said...

Thank you so much!

Lisa said...

Has anybody tried this with a multi-colored yarn? I have a blue and white yarn I'd like to use, but I'm afraid the detail of the sailboats may get lost.

pcox56 said...

Have not tried verigated yarn, try doing a pot holder first it will be big enough to get a good idea but small enough not to waste a lot of time if it doesn't pan out! Just use one square of the design for a good pot holder/dish cloth

KD that's me said...

I made this blanket but added an extra sailboat on the side and the top. So beautiful. Took me two months to complete. I work full time. Thanks so much for the free pattern

NotreDameFan said...

Has anyone tried to make this with the sailboat a different color? I love the blue for the background, but I would like the sailboat white. I am having a very difficult time trying to rewrite the pattern with the color changes. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! My grandchild is due very shortly, and I would like to have this done before he arrives.

pcox56 said...

NotreDameFan, no need to rewrite this pattern, simply swap colors where the sailboat relief is, you can choose to leave the relief or continue in stockinette since the color change will make the design stand out. You can use more than one color also, I have done this and it looks great, I used blue for background, red for boat and mast, white for sail and topped it with a red flag, but I'll have to admit the white would have stood out more. Play with it, since you don't need a lot of the color you can use bobbins or butterflys of the colored yarn. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.

Anonymous said...

I have been scouring the Internet and my pattern books for the perfect afghan for my nephew's first baby (boy). Didn't want anything babyish, girly, etc., and haven't found anything after looking for weeks. This is exactly what I've been trying to find - had already planned to use KnitPicks yarn and put the Delft in my cart before I checked out the pattern to see what you used. It is perfect - thank you!

pcox56 said...

Good luck with your blanket, I'm currently working on my third, whew, but my son tells me they are through now. Lol. My grandsons love their blankets and rather than sticking to the blue I made them in their favorite colors. So I have one in Carrot, one in Teal and now one in the more traditional Delft. I used an inexpensive highly washable yarn but plan to remake these later probably in a cotton, maybe bamboo yarn for them to take into their teens.

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for a sailboat pattern that looked like a real boat - THANK YOU - going to make one in a washcloth and of course a blankie Thanks again --

Cheryl in Lee's Summit, MO

Hilsgel said...

I adore this pattern - so clever! Thank you so much for sharing it. I can't wait to get started on it. I thought I'd use Rowan denim in Memphis as from what I gather the fading will happen more on the boat pattern than the rest. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful pattern. I love how the sail curves so smoothly. I have started this and I am about half way through the first sailboat panels, but I am wondering about the cast on row. I have followed the pattern exactly, but the 'pretty' side of the cast on is showing on the back side. I am wondering if I could have started the boat pattern on the rs rather than the ws(after the 2 inches of garter stitch rows) Appreciate any opinions. Thank you!

Mabelleamie said...

I would like to ask pcox56 : when you made the sailboat different colors did you use different spools of yarn or did you trail the yard. Seems like a lot of trailing. I would love to do the boat in different colors, just can't figure out the logistics. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this free pattern. I'm halfway done and finding it a great project while I'm watching TV. Quite easy and quite lovely.

Knitting by Marilee said...

Hi Yarnhog,
Just started a larger Intarsia variation of the Come Sail Away Blanket. Really fun to work on! Thanks so much for the pattern ❤️⛵️

Knitting by Marilee said...

Hi June 2nd Annonymous,
Not sure if you've answered your question about beginning on the wrong side of a "pretty" cast on side, but as you may know by now, you can do a wrong side row cast on, freeing you to begin any pattern on the "right" side. Not sure if you tube has a video, but I would try looking there. : )

Anonymous said...

To make it easier for myself I created a graph. Is there any way for me to send this to you, I think it would be helpful to include for everyone?

Tina said...

I'd love to make this gorgeous blanket for my 5 year old Grandson. Does anyone know HOW MANY STITCHES I'D NEED FOR A FULL-SIZE BED...(54" X 72"). I'm desperate for your help in assisting me. Thank you so much.

pcox56 said...

Its more how many repeat squares you would need, each "square" is approx 8x10 so use this as a guide.

Tina said...

@pcox56...can you please explain how to change the color of the sailboat (I'd like to do it in white), but still keep the blue background. I saw your comment about "simply swap colors where the sailboat relief is, you can choose to leave the relief or continue in stockinette etc... I'm really confused here....What exactly is meant by "simply swap colors where the sailboat relief is"??? Please help. Thank you.

Lemonadi said...

This blanket is so beautiful! I want to make a bigger one for myself.. how do I go about doing that? Thanks in advance! <3

pcox56 said...

Each "square" is approx 8x10 so just add extra square for width and height

Anonymous said...

My great niece is nine months old and Daddy is a sailor. This is Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Can this be done on straight needles or are circular a better choice? Also, what length circular do you use of the size 7 circular?

Anonymous said...

what colors of the swish yarn has anyone used? I am looking for a neutral color for boy or a girl?

Carol said...

OK...please don't laugh at me. While I am an obsessed knitter, I HATE math! Having admitted to my major weakness, I need help converting this into an adult-sized afghan. Our dear friends are pulling anchor in a few months to sail off into who knows where. Rather than waste precious time and energy trying to figure this out, I sending out my own SOS. Help please!

Anonymous said...

Hello. This would be perfect for my sailor friend who is finally getting his home rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. I have not knit in a long time. Is this made in individual squares then assembled later or is it one solid piece?

Thanks!

Amanda said...

Is anyone else wondering why the boat is knitted upside down? I went to make a graph of it and it confused the heck out of me. Is there a reason for that?

Anonymous said...

Have just made this fabulous blanket, so pleased with the finished result. I am in the UK and used Snuggly dk, 4mm needles. I used just under 3 x 50g balls to do the whole blanket as in pattern. Would definitely do another, possible 4 x 4 boat patterns.

Cathie B said...

A friend is having a boy in December...been looking for something nautical since that is their theme for Baby Noah's room. This will be perfect!

Elizagre said...

So thrilled to have found this pattern. I've been looking for an afghan to make for my husband. We love. To sail, so this is perfect! I'll post pictures when I'm done. Thanks!

Sue Thomson said...

Thank you for this pattern. I've made 2 blankets and it's very satisfying to see the sailboats form very quickly.

Shelbs said...

So as Lisa posted above, if you wanted to make this wider (in addition to longer) you would cast on an additional 35 stitches?

pcox56 said...

Yes, its been awhile but I believe I calculated that the interior or pattern area is 35. I used the rows where there were only perl stitches between the knit borders, there are 30 perls and 5 knit stitches between as the divider, but at each edge are 10 knit stitches. So to make a long story short yes. You must isolate the individual motif pattern within the 30 stitch center and add the repeat to the original pattern before knitting the 10 knit stitch border. I hope I haven't confused you more. This adds width, for length add extra sections of motifs

pcox56 said...

Yes, its been awhile but I believe I calculated that the interior or pattern area is 35. I used the rows where there were only perl stitches between the knit borders, there are 30 perls and 5 knit stitches between as the divider, but at each edge are 10 knit stitches. So to make a long story short yes. You must isolate the individual motif pattern within the 30 stitch center and add the repeat to the original pattern before knitting the 10 knit stitch border. I hope I haven't confused you more. This adds width, for length add extra sections of motifs

Jen said...

Ok beginner here...after knitting the garter rows at the beginning, how do I know which is RS row? Would it be after a knit row, or after a purl row?

Yarnhog said...

The right side rows after the garter section are the KNIT rows.

Sarah Lewandowski said...

This pattern is beautiful!

I am HORRIBLE at trying to enlarge a pattern. Would you be willing to make this pattern into a throw size instead of the baby blanket and post it?

Storm said...

BEGINNER KNITTER HERE...please help!
What instructions should be used for the even rows?
Do you knit the WS row first before row 1?

Unknown said...

What stitch do you use for the even # of rows, I am a little confused.

Ronnet Faison said...

This pattern is used for all the sailboats across the rows, like row 1 is done 3 times?