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Gentle Waves Blanket

A knit blanket with a wavey lacey pattern done up in stripes of yellow, pink, lavender, pistachio green, and a dusty blue sits on a chair in front of a tree and black iron fence.

Once more, with feeling: I like making baby blankets. I do it a lot, as you may have noticed, dear reader.

A crochet blanket with a soft wave pattern made with wide stripe bands in peach, yellow, green, light blue, and blue is folded on a wooden table.

This pattern was inspired by my earlier pattern, the Soft Waves Blanket which is done in crochet. At some point, I looked at the blanket and wondered if I could "translate" it over to knitting. Turns out, yes!

Q: What do I need to make this project?

A: To make this blanket, you will need:

  • Yarn - you can use any yarn for this pattern, see notes below on yarn choice and amount.

    • To meet the gauge and use the size reference chart, choose a weight 4 yarn.

    • In the example shown, I used Caron Simply Soft in sunshine, plum wine, lavender blue, country blue, and pistachio (less than 1 skein each)

    • In total, I used about 888 meters (971 yards) of yarn to make the sample shown (baby blanket size)

  • US size 8 (5mm) knitting needles- use needle size needed to meet the gauge OR whatever size is appropriate for the yarn you've chosen (see notes below on adjusting size).

  • Stitch markers (optional but highly recommended)

  • Tapestry needle

  • Snips

Q: How long does it take to make?

A: The blanket shown took me about 34 hours total to complete (finished size 44 in x 47 in) including weaving in the ends. Project size will be the biggest factor with respect to time. That said, this pattern is very easy to memorize and work on without using too much brain power once you get it down. I highly recommend using a row counter like the Row Counter App to keep track of when you need to count and pay attention.

In progress photo of a knit blanket with a wavey lacey pattern done up in stripes of yellow, pink, lavender, pistachio green, and a dusty blue. The blanket sits on a wooden table next to a plate of scones. A Palm Sunday palm woven in a beehive pattern is on top of the blanket.

Q: How difficult is this pattern?

A: This pattern is a good one for beginners who are ready to start working with basic increases and decreases but would otherwise prefer to avoid shaping. Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, knit 2 together. Overall difficulty level is just above a basic stockinette (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side).

Q: How big a blanket will the pattern make?

A: Up to you! See the note below on blanket sizes with starting cast on counts (the table assumes you are meeting the given gauge).


Tips, Notes, & Learnings

Cakes of Caron Simply Soft yarn in the described colors on a table. A pair of knitting needles and a pair of snips sit in front.

(Yarn & Needles)

You can use any yarn at all to make this project. To meet the gauge given (and use the table for sizes below), I suggest using a weight 4 yarn in your favorite fiber. Remember to consider how often you will need to wash the blanket when choosing a fiber. Also consider the physical weight of the final project (multiply the weight of one ball by the number of balls you think you'll need to estimate the weight).

Needle-wise, choose the size that matches your yarn. For a weight 4 yarn, this will likely be a US 8 (5 mm) or US 7 (4 mm) set of needles. Use whatever size you need to meet the gauge if you want to follow the table below. Otherwise, be sure to work up a swatch first to figure out how many stitches to cast on.


Using the gauge given in the pattern below (20 sts = 4 in and peak to peak = 5.5 in), this table makes a great quick reference to get exactly the size blanket you want!

Table. Column headers: Blanket size, finished width (inches), cast on. Row 1 - Baby - 44 inches, 210 stitches. Row 2 - Twin and Twin XL - 66 inches - 360 stitches. Row 3 - Full / Double - 82 inches, 450 stitches. Row 4 - Queen - 93 inches, 510 stitches. Row 5 - King - 110 inches, 600 stitches.

If you are deciding how many stitches to cast on based on your own swatch, measure from peak to peak (increase to increase) - 30 stitches - to help determine final size. Also know that you must cast on a multiple of 30 stitches.

(Adding some texture)

To easily add some texture to the blanket, you can work the second row in knit stitch to make a garter stitch row which will pop on both sides.

(Non-blanket Applications)

Gentle waves make for excellent blankets because the pattern is so easy and repetitive. This also means it works great for other applications too! Some ideas:

  • Scarf

  • Pillow covers

  • Wall hanging (e.g. think cotton in shades of blue and tan- very beachy vibes)

  • Sweater


Translating the Pattern from Crochet to Knitting

As mentioned above, this knitting pattern was inspired by my previous Soft Waves Blanket which is done in crochet. I thought it would be a fun conversion and, naively, that it would be a simple translation and off I would go knitting!

Wrong. Very wrong. So incorrect.

(Swatch 1) Setting off on this conversion, I started by replacing the increases of 2 double crochets in each stitch with kfb. The dc2tog decreases were translated to right leaning and left leaning knitting decreases, k2tog and ssk, respectively. I also had this set to be Row 1 and was working under the assumption that I would need to increase and decrease on every row as with crochet. I did a bit of looking around at chevron and similar patterns and found that the increase need only be every handful of rows on the right side.

Swatch 1. The center line has one column of eyelets on either side. The overall effect is a very small and shallow wave that is a bit pointed.

I also recognized that the lean of the increases and decreases would make very little difference in a flat object like a blanket (whereas direction is very important in shaped items like socks). After making that adjustment, I settled on the following for swatch 1:

R1: [k1, yo, k5, k2tog twice, k5, yo, k1] across R2: purl R3: knit R4: purl

The resulting swatch left something to be desired. While the amount of stitches between the increase and the decrease looked alright, the waves very small and reasonably pointed. I also didn't like working the wave row into the cast on stitches. The eyelets felt odd having only one on either side of the center line.

Swatch 2. There are two pairs of eyelets on either side of the center line. Wavier than swatch 1 but the waves are still quite shallow.

(Swatch 2) Adjusting primarily to increase the "waviness" of the swatch, I doubled the number of increases and decreases in all locations and moved the "wave row" to be R3, making the first row easier to work. The pattern for swatch 2 was as follows:

R1: knit R2: purl

R3: [(k1, yo) twice, k5, k2tog 4 times, k5, (yo, k1) twice] across

R4: purl

If you look closely at the swatch in the image. you'll notice I actually started the swatch with the same (k1, yo) four times across the increase area. I saw it was off-center and adjusted to create one large eyelet between two smaller eyelets. I wasn't a fan of this and ultimately settled on the adjustment above.

Overall, improved waves, still not quite as curvy as I wanted.

Swatch 3. There are three eyelets on either side of the center line. Overall effect is a deeper wave with tight curves.

(Swatch 3) Again adjusting to increase the curve, I changed the number of increases/decreases from 2 to 3. I also shortened the distance between the increases and decreases in hopes of a curvier wave, giving the following pattern:

R1: knit R2: purl

R3: [(k1, yo) 3 times, k3, k2tog 6 times, k3, (yo, k1) 3 times] across

R4: purl

This was much closer to what I wanted, but I thought the curves were actually a bit too sharp in this sample.

Swatch 4. There are 3 eyelets on either side of the center line. A prominent wave pattern but with gentler curves than swatch 3.

(Swatch 4) This ended up being my final swatch. The only change I made at this point was to restore the k3 to a k5 between increases and decreases for a softer wave:

R1: knit R2: purl

R3: [(k1, yo) 3 times, k5, k2tog 6 times, k5, (yo, k1) 3 times] across

R4: purl

After finishing the swatch, I decided it was exactly the look I wanted. The only very minor adjustments I decided to make for the final pattern was changing the k5 to a k6 because everything else is worked counting to 6. This change makes the pattern far easier to work without paying close attention.


Gentle Waves Blanket Pattern

A knit blanket with a wavey lacey pattern done up in stripes of yellow, pink, lavender, pistachio green, and a dusty blue sits on a black iron fence next to a tree.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

CO - cast on

k - knit

p - purl

yo - yarn over

k2tog - knit two together

st - stitch


Peak to peak = 5.5 inches

6 rows = 1 inch

5 sts = 1 inch


CO a multiple of 30 sts. For the size shown, CO 210 sts. It is recommended to place a stitch marker every 30 sts (each peak) to help with counting pattern repeats as you work.

R1: k across

R2: p across

R3: [(k1, yo) 3 times, k6, k2tog 6 times, k6, (yo, k1) 3 times] across

R4: p across

Repeat R1 - R4 to desired length, changing colors as desired. Bind off and weave in all ends.

The sample shown has 189 rows with the following color blocks, all colors were changed following a R4:

Sunshine - 20 rows

Plum wine - 12 rows

Lavender blue - 16 rows

Sunshine - 8 rows

Country blue - 8 rows

Pistachio - 24 rows

Sunshine - 16 rows

Plum wine - 20 rows

Lavender blue - 8 rows

Sunshine - 8 rows

Country blue - 20 rows

Pistachio - 12 rows

Sunshine - 20 rows

Check out the video below for a detailed look at this pattern!


Five swatches of a baby yoda motif that uses the negative space set in a double crochet fabric to make the shape.

That's all, friends!

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May 21, 2022

Oooh! I want to try this pattern! I much prefer to knit for lace stitches rather than crochet (my brain finds it easier). Was your choice of stripe widths for each color just an impulse (in multiples of four rows, of course for the pattern) or is there a larger color-to-color pattern I'm not seeing? Thanks for this, I think this might be my Summer knitting project!

Kat Zimmermann
Kat Zimmermann
May 21, 2022
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I definitely found this one easy to sort of zone out and knit for sure! The stripes were totally on a whim 😅

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