BLOCK 3 for “12 blocks of Xmas” knitted blanket – OhLaLana!

easy knitting pattern free dishcloth pattern knit and purl washcloth pattern

UPDATE April 2019

The entire pattern is below.

You can now purchase the the entire “12 Blocks for Xmas” pattern collection (12 different patterns) HERE or in my ETSY shop HERE. The high quality PDF file includes:

  • gauge/tension info and materials
  • written instructions
  • charted instructions
  • row-by-row CONTROL TABLE: specially prepared for novice knitters, with integrated instructions for the block pattern AND edge stitches, to avoid confusion. You can use the table cells to check each row as you finish it, and there is a column for every repeat of the pattern you need to make according to the instructions. A great resource to print and check your progress as you knit.

beginner sampler blanket knitting pattern

Block 3: Window drops?

Hello there!! How are you? It’s time for block 3 for 12 blocks of Xmas blanket!!

I saw a lot more blocks for the blanket since I last posted. In other words, a lot more people joined our KAL! There was also much more participation in the form of messages, consultations and suggestions. I always try to answer all messages quickly, and find a way to add your ideas and improvements to the project. In particular, you may have noticed that a new file option was added to block 2, specially prepared for novice knitters. The objective is to avoid confusion when they have to follow the instructions of the block pattern, and at the same time remember to make the edge stitches that were previously indicated. I integrated both instructions into a file with the name “Row-by-row“. I think it will be easier for beginners to follow.

Consequently, you will always see two PDF files for each pattern from now on (for the duration of the KAL!): download the one that is most useful and comfortable for you. If any!

Why there’s a question mark in the title?

I found it hard to find a title for this block. If you can think of one, please comment! The only one that occurs to me is “Window drops” because it reminds me of the traces left by raindrops when falling on the window, but… I don’t know, it does not convince me. What do you think? Meanwhile, I leave the name with a question mark 🙂

Be careful when knitting this block. It looks very simple, but do not be fooled. It is necessary to pay attention when knitting it and it has a slightly different edge of the previous two: in addition to the 3 garter sts also has 1 stocking st added to each side.

Have a beautiful day, and I leave below the block 3, with the download links that I mentioned for those who prefer them.

Happy knitting!


PS: Have you noticed? Block 3 for “12 blocks of Xmas” blanket has no “idems” or parentheses x2!! 😛

You just find this MKAL?

Don’t worry, you can start now! Look for more info in the following page: “12 Blocks for Xmas” A new free knitting project to make a blanket in blocks.

You’re also welcome to join our Ravelry group.


BLOCK 3 Pattern

easy knitting pattern free dishcloth pattern knit and purl washcloth pattern


  • CO: cast on
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • st: stitch
  • k: knit
  • p: purl


– CO 47 sts with US 8 (5 mm) needles.

– With US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, knit 4 rows.

– Continue working as follows:

3 garter sts, 1 STOCKINETTE STITCH, Window Drops Stitch over 39 sts, 1 STOCKINETTE STITCH, 3 garter sts (see the stitch glossary below)​ until you have a total length of 9.25’’ (23.5 cm).

I knitted 8 times the Window Drops pattern complete + rows 1 to 4.

– Knit 3 rows.

– Bind off with US 8 (5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

block 3 for 12 blocks of Xmas blanket


Garter Stitch  

k all sts, all rows.

Stockinette Stitch (also called Stocking Stitch)  

RS: k all sts

WS: p all sts

Alternate those 2 rows.

Window Drops Stitch

(Over a multiple of 6 sts. I added 3 sts more to adjust for our needed 39)

Repeat instructions between brackets as many times as needed. For this block, repeat them a total of 6 times, horizontally.

Row 1) k all row

Row 2) k1, p1, k1, [k4, p1, k1]

Row 3) k all row

Row 4) k1, p1, k1, [k4, p1, k1]

Row 5) k all row

Row 6) k3, [k1, p1, k4]

Row 7) k all row

Row 8) k3, [k1, p1, k4]

block 3 for 12 blocks of Xmas blanket Close up

Window Drops Stitch – CHART

  • Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
  • Repeat the grey painted part as many times as the pattern calls for (6 times horizontally in the case of this block).

Window drops



17 thoughts on “BLOCK 3 for “12 blocks of Xmas” knitted blanket – OhLaLana!

  1. Newbie question: I know that stockinette stitch is an alternation of knit and purl rows… so when you call for st st on either side, do you just mean alternating K and P as I work my way down?

    Thank you so much for posting these! I feel like I’m learning a lot while making something beautiful in the process.

    1. Hi Erin,
      About your question: you’re right about the stockinette, it’s like you say. Knit in one row (right side) and purl in the next (wrong side). When the pattern calls for 1 st st at each side you’ll have to knit those stitches when you’re in the right side (odd rows) and purl them in the wrong side (even rows). To avoid confusion, I included them in the row-by-row file.
      Your message just made my day 😀 Thank you!

  2. Regarding the knit 3 at the beginning of the rows, I don’t see that repeated on the line-by-line pattern. Also, it’s not clear where the stockinette stitches are in each row because there is no knit 3 for them to follow.

    1. Hi Sandra! I just checked the file and the 4 edge sts (3 garter and 1 st st) are included. Are you sure you have the right PDF? You need to download the second one (BLOCK 3 ROW BY ROW).
      Please write again if you need more help.

  3. I must have printed the wrong one, although when I first looked at both versions, they were the same. I’ll print the correct version now. Thank you.

    1. It’s probably my fault. I’ve been moving around files, posts, images… And you must’ve ended with a previous version, I’m sorry.
      Happy knitting!

  4. I want to say how much fun I’m having knitting up these squares. I’m doing two of each and my gauge is working up to result a 12×12 inch block. Thank you for your generous design.
    I was wondering if you have plans of a border on the complete blanket of is it simply seamed together?
    This block reminds me of just on window lanes.

    1. That’s nice to hear, I enjoy sharing it too 🙂
      I plan to post two alternatives for joining the blocks: simple sewing and crochet union. I hadn’t thought about a final border… That’s a very good idea!

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