Happy new year! My first knitting pattern of the year is an easy blanket that uses three different stitches and three colors! It’s the PERFECT blanket to make if you like meditative, simple stitches but still enjoy a variety. It was actually inspired by you (read on)!
This pattern was truly inspired by you as I’ve had so many comments and questions like this:
I’m getting back into knitting, what blanket would you suggest I make?
I’ve started knitting and finally want to make a blanket, do you have a pattern for me?
Because of these questions, I thought it would be fun to use some of the most basic stitches in a super bulky (aka quick) pattern. You certainly don’t have to be a novice knitter for this blanket! I still believe that many of the prettiest throws I’ve seen are made with basic stitches. They don’t go out of style and can fit with any interior decor. 🙂 No matter what your knitting level, this is a fun blanket to make!
You should be familiar and comfortable with knitting and purling to make this. If you’re a brand new knitter, you check out the Native Stripes Blanket HERE as it uses only the knit stitch. Another easier option is the Quick & Cuddly Throw HERE. And finally, if you’re super comfortable with stitching, you can try the Modern Mountain Throw or the Fall Cuddler HERE.
You might notice this blanket looks very similar to my Easy Heirloom Blanket! There are a couple of key differences though! This one uses three different stitches, including stockinette, seed stitch, and garter. It also uses three colors, rather than two colors, so that you have more options with the striping. In my opinion, it’s easier than the Easy Heirloom Blanket as the most challenging part is the seed stitch (which is super easy with a little practice).
So let’s get to the pattern!
Remember that you can grab the ad-free, printable version on ETSY HERE or see the free pattern below!
Chunky yarn and simple textures make this winter throw both fun and beautiful! Using three stitch patterns to create lofty textures and interesting striping, you’ll find that this blanket holds your attention yet is easy to make. Understated and timeless, it’s sure to be appreciated in any space, whether modern or traditional. Easy enough for beginners and those just getting back into knitting, yet fun for all!
US Size 15 (10 mm), 36” circular knitting needles
3 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman 170 g/skein
2 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Moonlight 140 g/skein
2 skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal 170 g/skein
Pattern uses approximately 1110 g
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
40” x 43”
Approximately 8 ½ sts & 13 rows in 4” of stockinette
This afghan is made with three different stitch patterns including stockinette, garter stitch and seed stitch. Tutorials for these stitch patterns can be found by conducting a basic online search. The blanket is worked in a repeat of 3 simple sections, each with a different color and stitch pattern. To adjust the width of the blanket, simply cast on more stitches while keeping an even stitch count. To adjust the length, simply knit for more or fewer rows while following the stitch pattern. For a consistent look, you may consider adding more sections of stockinette or seed stitch to the blanket in order to make it longer. Keep yarn needs in mind if you adjust the size!
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
p – purl
st – stitch
sts – stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
CC – change colors
With Oatmeal, cast on 84 sts.
Beginning Garter Section
Rows 1 – 22 K each st across the row.
Seed Stitch Section
Row 1 K8, *k1, p1; repeat from * across to last 8 sts, k8.
Row 2 K8, *p1, k1; repeat from * across to last 8 sts, k8.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 of this Seed Stitch Section until you’ve used one skein of Fisherman, or until you’ve worked approximately 22 rows of seed stitch.
Row 1 (RS) Knit across the row.
Row 2(WS) K8, purl across to last 8 sts, k8.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you’ve used one skein of Moonlight (approximately 19 rows).
Continue knitting the blanket, using the same colors as used previously for each section, as follows:
Repeat the Seed Stitch Section, ending on a (WS) wrong side row.
Repeat the Stockinette Section.
Repeat the Seed Stitch Section and then move onto the Final Garter Section.
Final Garter Section (CC Oatmeal)
Rows 1 – 22 K each st across the row.
Cast off and weave in ends.
Block to shape and size if desired.
Enjoy your new, beautiful blanket. 🙂
Here’s to a hopeful 2021 and a lot of knitting! I’d love to hear if you make one, so feel free to tag me on Instagram @mamainastitch.
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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.