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Catalina Eddy Blanket

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This pattern has been tech edited. It includes a second PDF accessible for knitters with low vision, following guidelines from Ravelry's Accessible Patterns group.

The Catalina eddy is a weather phenomenon that occurs along the southern part of California’s coast from Point Conception down to San Diego. It happens most frequently during the months of April to June, when swirling wind patterns create a vortex that leads to a buildup of thick layers of clouds along the coastline. A particularly strong event can extend the clouds inward all the way to the Mojave Desert. These clouds, known locally as “June Gloom,” usually burn off by the afternoon and return again after sunset.

The swirling stitches of this blanket remind me of the air patterns that are part of this weather event, while the fluffiness of the yarn reminds me of clouds. As a bonus, this cozy blanket is perfect for keeping warm on those chilly mornings before the marine layer burns off.

SIZES

Baby: 36” (91.5 cm) x 54” (137 cm)
Throw: 52” (132 cm) x 60” (152.5 cm)
Twin: 59” (150 cm) x 85” (216 cm)
Full/Queen: 80”(203 cm) x 90” (228.5 cm)
King: 96”(244 cm) x 90 (228.5 cm)

MATERIALS

Worsted weight yarn held double, 1580 (2540, 4100, 5900, 7000) yds / 1445 (2323, 3749, 5394, 6400) m

Sample shown knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Worsted, 110 yds (100.5 m) per 1.76 oz (50 g)

GAUGE

4” (10 cm) square = 14 stitches and 20 rows in pattern

NEEDLES

One set of 32” (80 cm) circular needles in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 10.5 (6.5 mm)

TOOLS

Optional stitch markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

SKILL LEVEL

Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: slipped stitches
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