Orion’s Blanket


Orion’s blanket is a snuggly, simple 2-strand intarsia blanket (no bobbins needed!) worked flat, with ribbed edging and double stockinette selvedges. It can be worked in a variety of yarns to create a baby blanket (DK or sportweight), a lapghan (worsted or aran), a throw (bulky) or a truly epic full-sized bedspread (super bulky).

Cellular automata are dynamic non-linear algorithms which create emergent textures that evolve over space and time. They are used to study complex processes in a variety of fields, including biology, chemistry, sociology, computer science, and more. This blanket takes its pattern from one such cellular automaton, with the intarsia colorwork following the contour of the resulting pattern, and was created in collaboration with artist and researcher Stelios Manousakis.

Baby blanket sample was knit with Kremke Morning Salutation DK in Aquamarine (Color 1) and Rusty Red (Color 2).

This pattern is available on Ravelry for €7.00  

Non-variegated (or subtly variegated) yarn in 2 colors
DK or sport weight yarn Worsted or aran weight yarnBulky weight yarnSuper-bulky weight yarn
Pattern as based on recommended gauges result in the above final measurements
73cm/29” wide
91cm/36” long
91cm/36” wide
125cm/49” long
122cm/48” wide
156cm/61.5” long
156cm/61.5” wide
175/69” long
Recommended needles or size to obtain gauge
3.75mm / US 5 / UK 9 80cm/32” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)5.5mm / US 9 / UK 5 80cm/32” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)7mm / US – / UK 2 100cm/40” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)10mm / US 15 / UK 000 120cm/48” circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
Per 10 cm / 4” after blocking.
Follow guide or texture swatch.
Gauge is not critical in this project – the pattern can easily be knit on any variety of yarn. However, DK / sportweight or thicker is recommended – thinner yarns will result in a very small blanket! The dimensions listed in this pattern provide a guideline for finished objects of varying sizes
20 stitches x 28 rows in stockinette16 stitches x 20 rows in stockinette12 stitches x 16 rows in stockinette9 stitches x 14 rows in stockinette
Based on recommended gauge
Color 1:
~550 m / 600yds
Color 2:
~250 m / 275yds
Color 1:
~700 m / 765yds
Color 2:
~325 m / 355yds
Color 1:
~840 m / 920yds
Color 2:
~410 m / 450yds
Color 1:
~1100 m / 1200yds
Color 2:
~500 m / 545yds