After I shared the Wintertide Throw (here), many of you asked whether I’d make a similar chunky knit blanket. So, here ya go! This cuddly knit version features the same “sampler” style, where you will have the chance to work a variety of stitches. These stitches are all easy, but they will keep you interested as you watch the pattern emerge. And there is SO much squishy texture! You’ll also find that the pattern is written in two sizes, including a lapghan and throw blanket size. I love using lapghan sized blankets but they also work great as a wheel chair blankets or a toddler blankets. (The free pattern can be seen at the bottom of this post or you can find the printable, ad-free version in my Etsy shop HERE or the kit from Lion Brand HERE)
One of my favorite things about this throw is that it works up fairly quickly on large needles. It uses Lion Brand Thick & Quick, which, as many of you know, is a super bulky wool-blend that’s soft and has a high-end look. And what about this color?! Isn’t it so pretty for winter? It reminds me of a glacier, or reflections of the sky and ice. And while I used the color “Succulent”, you can knit this in any color you’d like. The variation of stitching gives it an amazing texture and it’s pretty on both sides of the blanket. Yay!
So lofty, squishy and soft!
One of the best sellers in my Etsy Shop has been my Easy Heirloom Knit Blanket (here). It’s actually quite similar to this Winter Cuddler Throw, only it features just a couple of stitch patterns and understated striping. The Winter Cuddler definitely has more character, but they are both quick and simple.
If you know how to knit and purl, you can definitely make this blanket. You’ll work some yarn overs, but there’s nothing scary here. Most of these stitches have tutorials that you can find online by doing a simple search. Take a look at the stitches in the pattern below and I think you’ll find that they are pretty basic (and also pretty)!
For practical purposes, I chose not to add tassels or poms to this blanket. However, it is truly the perfect blanket to add some playful pieces to the edges or corners! If you’re making this for a teen or someone who loves the boho styles and trends, add some poms or tassels. So cute!
Ready to knit so you can cuddle-up in this all winter long?
Let’s get to the pattern!
See the full, free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the advertisement-free, printable version from Etsy HERE. Mamas Maker Members, your printable is available HERE.
Cuddle up with this squishy throw all winter long! Featuring luxurious texture and a variety of stitches, this cozy blanket will hold your interest as you knit and watch the pattern emerge. The wool blend yarn makes for a perfect winter accessory for your favorite chair or sofa. You’ll find that it works up quickly with large needles and chunky yarn. Enjoy!
US Size 15 (10 mm), 36” circular knitting needles (Kit available from Lion Brand HERE in several color options)
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
6 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Succulent 170 g/skein
Pattern uses approximately 900 g
10 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Succulent 170 g/skein
Pattern uses approximately 1600 g
US Size 15 (10 mm), 36” circular knitting needles
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Sizes: Lapghan 32” x 38” before blocking
Afghan 57” x 38” before blocking
Gauge: Approximately 9 sts & 18 rows in 4” of garter stitch
This blanket is made with several stitches including garter stitch, stockinette, broken seed stitch, seed stitch, and ridged eyelets. 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 2 + 2 extra stitches (excluding the garter stitch edges for the border on each side). To adjust the length, simply knit for more or fewer rows while following the stitch pattern. Finish with the Final Garter Edge.
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
p – purl
yo – yarn over
p2tog – purl two together (decrease)
st – stitch
sts – stitches
Winter Cuddler Throw Pattern
Cast on 82 sts (both sizes)
Beginning Garter Edge
Rows 1 – 14 K across each row
Seed Stitch Section
Row 15 K6, *k1, p1; repeat from * across to last 6 sts, k6
Row 16 K6, *p1, k1; repeat from * across to last 6 sts, k6
Rows 17 – 22 repeat rows 15 & 16, in that order
Row 23 K across the row
Row 24 K6, p to last 6, k6
Row 25 – 26 Repeat rows 23 & 24
Row 27 K6, p1,*yo, p2tog; repeat from * to 7th st from end, p1, k last 6 sts
Row 28 K across the row
Row 29 K6, p1, *p2tog, yo; repeat from * to 7th st from end, p1, k last 6 sts
Row 30 K6, p across to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Rows 31 – 38 Repeat rows 23 – 30
Row 39 K across the row
Row 40 K6, p across to last 6 sts, knit last 6 sts
Rows 41 – 44 K across each row
Rows 45 – 50 Repeat rows 39 – 44
Rows 51 – 56 Repeat rows 39 – 44
Rows 57 – 58 Repeat rows 39 & 40
Broken Seed Stitch
Row 59 K6, *k1, p1; repeat from * across to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 60 K6, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 61 K6, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 62 K6, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 63 K6, *k1, p1; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 64 K6, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last 6 sts, k last 6 sts
Row 65 K across the row
Row 66 K6, p across to last 6, k last 6 sts
Rows 67 – 68 Repeat rows 65 & 66
Next, follow the pattern below according to the size that you’re making.
Lapghan Size Blanket
Repeat rows 15 – 68, 1 more time
Afghan Size Blanket
Repeat rows 15 – 68, 3 more times
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, cozy blanket!
I really hope you enjoy this, and here’s to a cuddly, cozy winter!
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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.