Astrophil Blanket hung over a child's bed in yellow Dk weight yarn.

Astrophil Blanket

Quick Summary:

  • Free!!!
  • Beginner friendly – 4 row repeat, with cabling on only one of the rows.
  • Wrong-side rows = “purl all”
  • Instructions given for 3 different yarn weights – DK, Worsted, Bulky – with more to be added in the future.
  • Sized for car seats and strollers with instructions on how to modify.
  • Knit seamlessly as one piece – no picking up stitches at the end!
Astrophil blankets in 3 yarn weights shown in yellow, pink and blue

Last year my in-laws took a big family trip to the snow right after Christmas and to mark the occasion I designed the Astrophil Hat for all the girls. The result was so dense and cozy that it was natural to take the stitch pattern from that project and turn it into a matching baby blanket. I’ve been wanting to put a free pattern out for a long time and this seemed like the perfect fit!

Astrophil is a baby blanket pattern suitable for beginning knitters since 3 out of every 4 rows is simply stockinette. The 4th row uses two basic cables to create a very cushy, star-shaped texture, and is a variation of the traditional Aran Honeycomb motif. The instruction for all wrong-side rows is “purl all” which makes for an easy, relaxing project.

As with all of my blanket designs the body and borders are knit seamlessly as one piece – so there is no need to pick up stitches at the end or knit on a separate border (who’d want to do that?!). The pattern is written to fit strollers and car seats but it can easily be made into larger sizes and I give detailed information on how to do so.

Three Astrophil Hats on top of three Astrophil Blankets.

Instructions are given for 3 different yarn weights (DK, Worsted, Bulky) and I’ll be adding Fingering, Sport and Super Bulky as soon as I have sample pieces to check. (The pattern for those weights is already finished so if you would like to receive it early and be a test knitter please reach out to me!)

I made several new tutorials to support this pattern as well. The biggest one being how I knit from 3 skeins of yarn to create a bulky edge and even out the color differences that can happen when you switch skeins of hand-dyed yarn.

The double edging detail of three Astrophil Blankets stacked together.

Name

Here is the story behind the name that I mentioned before in the original post for the matching hat:

When not fully stretched out, this cable pattern resembles many interlinking stars and indeed some stitch dictionaries call it “Telescope Lattice” – so an astronomical theme seemed fitting.

The name ‘Astrophil’ comes from Sir Philip Sidney’s (1554-1586) sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella. I can’t sing, so when my son was born I recited poetry to calm him down instead of lullabies. He responded particularly well to sonnets and I’d cycle through all the ones I knew in chronological order, which meant Sidney’s poems from the 1580’s came first. As you’re clever enough to deduce “Astrophil” breaks down into ‘star-lover’ (Greek ‘aster’ + ‘phil’) and “Stella” is the latin for ‘star’.

You can find this pattern and detailed information about each of the samples shown on Ravelry:

(Also available on LoveCrafts)

8 Comments

  • Trevor Maddison

    Hi
    I am a knitting beginner and knitting the Astrophil Blanket. So far the Bottom Boarder has been straight forward. I am now going on to the Body section and it says begin with Row 4. Is that Row 4 in the body part? If yes, after Row 4 where do I go next?
    a. Row 1
    b. Row 5
    or
    c. Repeat Row 4 after the 2nd marker
    I hope this is clear, I look forward to your reply
    Thanks in advance

    • Skye

      Hi Trevor,
      Yes – Row 4 of the body section. After that work Rows 5-8 of the body section. From then on keep repeating Rows 1-8 of the body section until the blanket reaches a length you are happy with.

  • Sue Caronia

    I am trying to do a sample of this blanket. I can’t figure out the pattern rows (4 and 8). If I count correctly – row 4: has 12 stitches so after the marker I would K3, then keep repeating LC,RC,K4, then K4 before the marker? For row 8: After the marker I would K1 then keep repeating RC, K4, LC and then do K1 before the marker? That would mean a multiple of 12 (LC,RC,K4) + 7(K3 and K4 after and before the markers) on row 4 and a multiple of 12 (RC, K4, LC) +2 (K1 and K1 after and before the markers) on row 8. That gives me a count of 19 on row 4 and 14 on row 8. What am I missing? Thanks for your help. I love this pattern but can’t figure out where I’m reading it wrong.

    • Skye

      Hi Sue,

      You are looking at Row 8 correctly: multiple of 12 (RC, K4, LC) + 2 (K1 after the first marker and K1 before the second marker). Which would give a row count of 14 for one repeat.

      For Row 4 you are correct that as you knit you will be thinking of each repeat in your head as (LC, RC, K4). But for counting/planning you have to write the repeat as (K2, LC, RC, K2). This makes Row 4: multiple of 12 (K2, LC, RC, K2) + 2 (K1 after the first marker and K1 before the second marker) = 14 stitches for one repeat. The chart makes this easier to visualize – those extra 2 stitches are columns 4 and 17.

      So working Row 4 looks like: Marker, K3, LC, RC, K4, repeat (LC, RC, K4) – but end with K3 on the last repeat instead of K4, Marker.

  • Misty

    I’m looking for some assistance with the blanket pattern. I completed the first 9 rows of the bottom border but I’m having problems with the increase row. Instead of ending with 220 stitches, I end up with almost 300 stitches. Can you please explain the directions because it looks like there may be a typo.

    [ Next row (RS, increase): Sl1kw wyib, [p1, k1] 3 times, PM, k1, [k5, M1] 34 (32, 26) times, k1, PM, [p1, k1] 3 times, k1. (220, 208, 172 st total).]

    Also, can you confirm that after completing the border that I’m supposed to start on row 4?

    Thanks in advance for answering my questions.

    • Skye

      Hi Misty,

      After the first 9 rows of the bottom border you should have 186 stitches (same as CO number). During the increase row you only add 34 stitches (186+34 = 220). Another way to read the row, after you place the marker:
      …, K6, M1, then do (k5, M1) 33 more times, k1, place marker, …

      After this increase row you do start with row 4 of the “body” section (the first cable row). Then work rows 5-8. After that repeat Rows 1-8 of the body section 23 more times or until your desired length.

      Hope this helps!

  • Misty

    Thanks, Skye, I’m almost done with the increase row and will be starting row 4. I appreciate the explanation.

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