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Winter Cuddler Throw Blanket Knitting Pattern

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

Lapghan Size:

6 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Succulent 170 g/skein

Pattern uses approximately 900 g

Afghan Size:

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

Pattern Notes:

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:

k -knit

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

Ridged Eyelets

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

Garter Ridges

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!



If you liked this, you might also like:

Quick & Cuddly Knit Throw

Easy Heirloom Knit Blanket

Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Winter Cuddler Throw Blanket Knitting Pattern

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  1. Thank you Jessica for this beautiful pattern. Can’t wait to start in this one. Made your Easy Heirloom Knit blanket and absolutely love it It’s in my living room and brings a smile To my face!
    Thank you for all your lovely patterns. Look forward to seeing your emails always!!!

  2. Beautiful! It looks more complicated to knit than it is, due to the sampler style. I’m going to make the crocheted one. I find it difficult to knit with circular needles.

  3. Hi Jessica, I really don’t need another blanket/afghan but this one is so beautiful it is definitely on my to do list. Thank you for your creativity.

  4. Hi,
    Im making this one using straight needles.
    Any advise how to adjust this in a baby blanket size?

  5. I just finished making the winter cuddler throw in the succulent yarn. It turned out beautifully. Thanks, Jessica, for the pattern.

  6. I’m very appreciative of your free patterns. It is so kind of you to share these. I’ve not been knitting for awhile now as have moved and been so busy. But now I’m in the mood to knit, thanks to you!

  7. I love this pattern! How can I make it using straight needles?
    When the pattern says 82 stitches to start, will it be 164 total on straight needles? Any input would help from experienced knitters! Thank you!!

    1. I would also like to know about this! I don’t like working on circular needles.
      Thanks, Jo

  8. Beautiful! And definitely a project I will knit, however also wondered if you would mind helping me to adapt the size for baby, as I plan on knitting several of these for my grandbabies!!!! I know its not a difficult task but I still consider myself a novice, thank you 🙂

    1. Just make it a toddler blanket .She gives you the instructions for a Langham, wheelchair,toddler blanket. Or go to yarnspriations for a knitted baby blanket..

  9. I just finished making the cuddles afghan using the size needles and the recommended Lions Brand yarn. It is beautiful and I made it as a wedding gift. However, the dimensions of mine came out differently. I did not adjust the number of stitches but have a width of 42 inches. I achieved the length of 57 (actually 59 inches) after doing the whole sequence of stitches only three times. If I had done three more times after the first sequence the throw would have been over six feet long. Even if I had done the stitches very very tightly I don’t believe I could have gotten 38” x 57”.

  10. Can you elaborate on the adjustment that needs to be made to make the Cuddler Throw larger, wider, please. You said, ” the center section needs to be 2 + 2 stitches. Which portion of the pattern are you referring to? Thanks.

    1. Hi there. I also have the same question! I subtracted the border (6 on each side to make a total of 12 stitches) so that left 70 stitches as the centre pattern. I then multiplied 70×3 as I wanted the blanket to be wider giving me 210 stitches+the 12 for the border. 222 total. I am now on row 150 and realized I have increased 8 stitches along the way. Would love to have some clarification in the pattern

  11. Winter Cuddler blanket,
    I would like to make this blanket wider, to approximately 50”. I understand this should be changing the center of the blanket, but I am a beginner knitter and am worried I will do this wrong. Can I ask for assistance? Thank you.

  12. What does it mean by “ Cast on 82 sts (both sizes).” As in both sides of the needles?

    1. There are two different sized blankets that you can make, a smaller one and larger one. However, they are both the same width so the same number of stitches to cast on.

      1. Hi, I was wondering the same question on the width of the Afghan.
        How many extra stitches would you cast on if it’s 82 stitches for the throw blanket. I’m not understanding.
        Thank you.

  13. I love your patterns and appreciate your generosity in giving them to us for free. I am not used to working on circular needles so would like to know do you just slide everything to the left or just turn your work? I am assuming that you would know if the working yarn is on the left hand side to begin the next row.

    1. You still turn your work. I think it depends on whether or not you’re a continental knitter where your working yarn is. Working with circular needles really is the same as using straight needles.

  14. I just started this week in a pale pink 20% alpaca blend. It’s gorgeous! So easy, but you’ve made it an interesting knit with the stitches. I’m definitely going to finish this one

    Thank you!

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