Pattern: Cervelli Baby Blanket

Originally published for Knit Picks yarn company.

My brother is fortunate to have a very close friend who has been wonderfully supportive of him for many years. My family was overjoyed when the news came that this friend and his wife were expecting a baby. Given how important he’s been in my brother’s life, I wanted to design something very special for his child. This blanket - inspired by textiles derived from the baby’s Italian heritage - is the result. The new parents loved the blanket, and I hope you will, too!


  • One size, 33" square

Skills required

  • Long-tail cast-on
  • Working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, 2-circulars, or magic loop)
  • Knitting and purling
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Stranded knitting
  • Chart reading
  • Mattress stitch

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Worsted weight, as follows:
    • Main colour: Approximately 395 yards - model used Knit Picks "Swish Worsted", 100% superwash merino, 110yds/50g, colour Dove Heather
    • Contrast colour: Approximately 400 yards - model used "Swish Worsted", colour Rouge
  • Needles: 
    • 5mm 60" circular needle
    • (optional) 5mm DPNs
    • (optional) Additional 5mm circular needles of varying lengths
  • 4 stitch markers: 1 round marker and 3 repeat markers
  • (optional) 1 set of double-pointed needles and circular needles of varying lengths, since you need to accommodate a minimum of 8 stitches and a maximum of 576; alternatively, you could use a single 60” circular throughout by using magic loop
  • Tapestry needle, for weaving in ends and sewing border closed


  • 20 sts and 20 rows to 4" in stranded pattern on 5mm needles after blocking.
Exact gauge is not essential, as this is a blanket, but if your gauge is different from that given here, you may need to adjust your yarn yardage requirements accordingly.
Blanket laid flat

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