Last winter, I shared a squishy, textured blanket (here) and wanted to make a similar style for this fall. Enter, the Fall Cuddler! Inspired by cozy fall vibes, this blanket was made to curl up with on cool autumn evenings. It’s made entirely with easy knit stitches, but the variety of textures makes it appear more complicated than it is. You definitely won’t get bored knitting as you watch the different stitches create a varied look. It’s also a classic that’s on trend now, but it can also be used for years to come. Definitely check out the free pattern below to see how it’s done! You may also choose to purchase the printable, ad-free version HERE.
When choosing a color for this fall inspired blanket, I wanted to use something natural and neutral. It’s been a while since I’ve used the Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal (here), and it seemed like the perfect, fall color option. When I shared a photo on social media, some of you mentioned that it reminds you of my Heirloom Blanket. I kinda agree! Just remember, you can of course choose any color that you like for this blanket! Lion Brand offers SO MANY colors in this yarn, but you can use any super bulky yarn that you like.
The basic stitches that you will need to be comfortable with are knittting, purling and doing yarn overs as well as basic decreasing. If you’ve never done yarn overs or knit two together (decreasing), have a look at tutorials on YouTube and come on back to this. They are super simple!
Some of the other features that I like about this blanket is that it looks great on either side. It’s definitely reversible! It also works up quickly since it uses the super bulky yarn and the larger knitting needles. It’s totally doable to make this in time for fall or even as a Christmas gift.
Shall we get started?
Wrap yourself up in a warm, fall cuddle. A beautiful variety of stitching, texture, and lofty yarn make this blanket fun to knit and super cozy to curl up with. Easy enough for advanced beginners and fun enough for any level. Enjoy!
US Size 15 (10 mm), 36” circular knitting needles
Pattern uses approximately 1190 grams
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Sizes: Lapghan 45” x 45”
Approximately 7 sts & 11 rows in 4” of stockinette
This blanket is made with several stitches including stockinette stitch, double moss stitch, reverse stockinette and eyelets on garter stitch. Tutorials for many of these stitch patterns can be found by conducting a basic online search. If you would like to adjust the width of the blanket, keep in mind that the center pattern must be a multiple of 4 stitches (excluding the garter stitch edges for the border, 7sts, on each side). To adjust the length, simply knit for more or fewer rows while following the stitch pattern. For best results, simply repeat rows 19 – 78 in order to create a longer throw blanket. The blanket is knit from the bottom up.
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
p – purl
yo – yarn over
k2tog – knit two together (decrease)
st – stitch
sts – stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
Fall Cuddler Throw Blanket Knitting Pattern
Cast on 82 sts
The blanket features a 7 stitch border on each side. Place a stitch marker if helpful!
Beginning Garter Edge
Rows 1 – 14 K across each row
Row 15 (RS) Knit across the row
Row 16 (WS) K7, purl across to last 7 sts, k7
Rows 17 – 18 Repeat rows 15 – 16
Double Moss Stitch Section
Row 19 (RS) K7, *k2, p2; repeat from * across to last 7 sts, k7
Row 20 (WS) K7, *p2, k2; repeat from * across to last 7 sts, k7
Rows 21 – 42 repeat rows 19 & 20, in that order
Reverse Stockinette (beginning on the RS)
Row 43 K7, p across the row to last 7 sts, k7
Row 44 K7, k across to last 7 sts, k7 (in other words, knit across entire row)
Rows 45 – 62 Repeat rows 43 – 44
Garter Eyelets (beginning on RS)
(in this section, you’re still working the 7 stitch border, as well as an extra knit stitch to make 8 knit stitches on both sides)
Row 63 K8 *yo, k2tog, repeat from * across to last 8, k8
Row 64 K across the row
Row 65 K across the row
Row 66 K across the row
Row 67 K8 *yo, k2tog, repeat from * across to last 8, k8
Row 68 K across the row
Row 69 K across the row
Row 70 K across the row
Row 71 K8 *yo, k2tog, repeat from * across to last 8, k8
Row 72 K across the row
Row 73 K across the row
Row 74 K across the row
Row 75 (RS) Knit across the row
Row 76 (WS) K7, purl across to last 7 sts, k7
Rows 77 – 78 Repeat rows 75-76
Repeat rows 19 – 78, 1 more time
Final Garter Edge (both sizes)
Knit across each row for a total of 14 rows.
Cast off, and weave in ends.
Optional Tassels or Poms:
Block to shape and size as desired. Add large pom-poms or tassels for a playful, trendy look.
Enjoy your new textured blanket!
And that’s it my friends! Who else is ready for fall and winter? Meeee!
If you make a Fall Cuddler, I’d love to see it! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @mamainastitch #mamainastitch.
Have fun knitting!
PS See all my free knitting patterns HERE!