Aspen Mountain Throw Blanket Knitting Pattern

Today’s free knitting pattern is a beautiful, timeless throw blanket that can be used in any cozy space.

It’s made with beginner knit and purl stitches and features a gorgeous all-over texture that’s timeless yet modern.  I’ve been on quite the blanket kick lately (here and here lol) so I hope you enjoy it!  (You’ll find the free pattern in full below, or you may find the printable for purchase in my Etsy shop HERE)

For a little fun, I asked what you thought this stitch might be over on Instagram and Facebook.  Many of you guessed the double seed stitch, which is very similar! In the photo of me sitting on the fallen tree, it looks exactly like a double seed stitch. However, it’s actually the Irish Moss Stitch which is slightly different.

I’m not sure if there’s another name for the Irish Moss Stitch, but this is what I’ve always called it. Let me know if you call it something different!

Those of you who’ve been with me over the years might remember my Aspen Mountain Knit Bag. It’s an old pattern from the blog, but it was also made with this fave stitch of mine. It’s definitely a beautiful stitch which is simple yet fun to knit. If you can knit and purl, you won’t have any trouble with this pattern.

What do like about this blanket? Personally, I love the drapey texture, the timeless style, and all natural look.  While I can picture it in an Aspen mountain chalet, I can also see it in any cozy living space.

The blanket is a lapghan size, meaning it’s smaller than a full-on throw blanket, but still big enough to cuddle up with.

I’ve written out some basic instructions on how to adjust the pattern to make it any size that you’d like. 🙂 

The other cool thing about this blanket is that it works up pretty quickly with the super bulky yarn and large needles.  Yay!

While I love natural color tones like this one, you can make this in any color you’d like! I love hearing about when you make blankets in your team colors, or your child’s college colors, or just the perfect color to match your room. 🙂

hellloooo cozy blanket!

So, let’s get to this pattern!

Aspen Mountain Easy Throw Blanket – Free Knitting Pattern

You can see the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the printable, ad-free version from my Etsy Shop HERE.


A timeless throw blanket featuring an all-over, stunning texture and super chunky yarn. Classic and beautiful, this cold weather blanket is perfectly suited for an Aspen chalet or your cozy living space.  The stitch pattern will compliment any room in your home and is appreciated by women, men, girls and boys alike. It works up quickly on large needles and is simple enough for new knitters.

Skill Level:

Easy +


US Size 15, 10 mm, 36” circular knitting needles

6 Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (170 g/skein) available HERE

Pattern uses approximately 850 (more if adding poms, fringe or tassels)

Tapestry Needle


Dimensions (approximate):

Lapghan size 38” x 38”

To make the blanket longer, simply knit for more rows, following the stitch pattern, until you’ve reached your desired length. Keep in mind that you will also add a border at the end.

To make it wider, simply cast on more stitches. You will work a border of 8 stitches on each side. The center, Irish Moss Stitch portion, needs to be a multiple of 2.  (Add 16 stitches for the border to your Irish Moss Stitches which are a multiple of 2)

Abbreviations & Skills:

k – knit

p – purl

st – stitch

st – stitches


Approximately 8 sts and 8 rows in 4” x 4” in Irish Moss Stitch Pattern

Irish Moss Stitch

Cast on multiple of 2

Row 1 k1, p1; repeat across the row

Row 2 k1, p1; repeat across the row

Row 3 p1, k1; repeat across the row

Row 4 p1, k1; repeat across the row

Repeat rows 1 – 4 for as long as desired


This blanket is worked from the bottom up.  It features a garter stitch edging and border as well as Irish Moss Stitch throughout the center.  If you know how to knit and purl, you can make this blanket! It is knit flat, in rows. Use the circular needles as listed above in order to hold all of the stitches, but you won’t be knitting in the round. Have fun!

Pattern Instructions

(see “Dimensions” section for instructions on how to adjust size if desired)

Cast on 78 stitches


Rows 1 – 10 Knit each st across the row

Body of Blanket:

Row 11 K8, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last 8 sts of row, knit last 8 sts of row

Row 12 K8, * k1, p1; repeat from * to last 8 sts of row, knit last 8 sts of row

Row 13 K8, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last 8 sts of row, knit last 8 sts of row

Row 14 K8, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last 8 sts of row, knit last 8 sts of row

Next, repeat rows 11-14 until blanket measures approximately 35” long

Final Edge:

Next, knit 10 rows to make the final edge.

Cast off and weave in ends.

You may choose to add poms, tassels, or leave it as-is!

Enjoy your cuddly blanket!

That’s all there is to it my friends. I hope you liked this timeless pattern – sometimes the simplest patterns can be the prettiest in my opinion. 😉  I’d love to see if you make one – simply tag me in Instagram @mamainastitch #mamainastitch or shoot me an email!



More Free Blanket Knitting Patterns:

10+ Quick And Easy Knit Blanket Patterns HERE

Winter Cuddler Throw Blanket Free Knitting Pattern

Quick & Cuddly Throw Free Knitting Pattern

Or browse all my Free Knitting Patterns HERE

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  1. Its gorgeous. I will be this weekend going to get yarn to make this!! The winter cuddler one is the other one i want to make. Thank you for such wonderful patterns.

  2. Hi Jessica
    I love the new Aspen Throw pattern. I belong to your makers club. How do I print the new pattern, I can’t see where it’s available besides Etsy? I’m really looking forward to making this for my mom who’s in a nursing home.
    Thank you

    1. Oh so sorry Jessica I did find the pattern…thank you for your lovely patterns, I can’t wait to make this for my mom.

  3. This is just beautiful, even more because is a knit pattern; thank you so much ans just waiting for a sweater for this cold weather…. here in Colorado…

  4. Happy New Year Jessica and family.
    I am interested in learning how to crochet and knit some off your sweaters and shrugs, and blankets. Thank you for all your hard work in designing beautiful articles. ♥️

  5. Can’t wait to try this pattern! I’m working on the Winter Cuddler Throw right now. So excited to have this in mind for my next project!

  6. Hi,this is a beautiful simple stitch pattern,you are right.the color yarn shows it off beautifully and you make it easy to adjust for larger Afghan sizing,thank you.the yarn knit great and it goes so quickly,the stitch is very pretty.
    Thank you for a beautiful simple project,your patterns are great and the yarns are beautiful.

  7. I am almost halfway through a blanket for my son in this exact pattern! It will be 6 ft. X 8 ft. when completed. I am using worsted weight yarn and a 6mm needle, US 10, 36″ circular needle. The color is purple, with 5″ borders in dark purple all around and a big gold star in the middle. I will make the star afterwards and sew it on. I started it on his birthday in Nov. and I hope to have it and several matching pillows ready to mail on his next birthday.
    I have already finished a round pillow in a pattern called Entrelac. I saw it in Nicky Epstein’s book ‘Knitting in Circles’. YOU SHOULD GET SOME OF HER BOOKS!!!!! I think I have them all! Believe me, your work will take on a whole new dimension with the ‘Over the Edge’ series. She gives all the details, so it is super easy.

  8. I made the bag and I can’t wait to make this. When I see there is an email from you with your latest patterns, I always feel a rush of excitement. Have made a number of your patterns and they are wonderful. (Don’t crochet much; am a knitter.). Thank you so much for your knitting patterns!

  9. Hi,

    Just a little confused under materials. You have:
    6 Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (170 g/skein) available HERE
    Pattern uses approximately 850 (more if adding poms, fringe or tassels)

    What is the 850 referring to? Is it grams or yards?or?

    Thank you!!!! Cant wait to start this project.

  10. Thank you… I also love it because it is reversible. No front and back. This will make a great blanket for my next grand baby due in August. .

  11. Does there end up being a 9 k alternate with 8 k at the ends of the rows( very newbie knitter)
    K k k k k k k k p k p k p k k k k k k k k
    K k k k k k k k p k p k p k k k k k k k k
    K k k k k k k k k p k p k k k k k k k k k
    K k k k k k k k k p k p k k k k k k k k k

  12. Hi, Just finished the Aspen Mountain lapghan (36″x 48″) today. I used Bernat Softee Chunky yarn (6) in mineral teal. Thanks so much for this pattern! Next on my list is the stripey bias wrap … can’t wait to get started!

  13. Dear Jessica,

    I’m all ready to fire up my needles for the Aspen Mountain Throw but I have a quick question. I’m planning to scale up the lapghan from 38″ square to 45″ square and am wondering if I can still use the 36″ circular knitting needles or if I need to scale those up too.

    Sequestered in Seattle

    1. Hi Melissa!
      My best guess is that the 36″ will still work, but don’t hold me to it.

      Stay safe and well there in Seattle! Love that city so much.

  14. I would like to make this blanket for a patient going through chemo. I’ve read its better to use cotton or bamboo yarn due to sensitivities. Can you recommend a replacement for the wool? I love this pattern!

  15. I’m not an experienced knitter so if I wanted to make this bigger, I know to cast on more however do I increase the border size from 8 stitches? The increasing by multiples of 2 confused me.

  16. What a lovely blanket! I might have to make this in the near future, if I can get my hands on some yarn that’s price has not been gouged out of control. 🙁 Sigh… The only time you have constant free hours to knit and crochet and yarn prices go through the roof. Ohhh wellll.
    Love your patterns Melissa! God bless!

  17. Oooop, wrote the wrong name. Mellisa is different blogger. Haha, so sorry Jessica! Me and my confused brain! Love YOUR patterns. 😛 🙂

  18. Cast this on earlier this week. Added it to my Ravelry. Just wanted to check and make sure I wasn’t missing this pattern in Ravelry to link it to.

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