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Winterland Three Stitch Blanket

*You can see the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the ad free, printable version from Etsy here or the kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE.*

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.

The three stitches that you will use are garter, stockinette and seed stitch. It’s pretty simple because you’ll use one skein for each stitch pattern.
There are three colors in this blanket although it may look like more! The cream (Fisherman), the self striping (Moonlight), and the tweed (Oatmeal). You’ll change colors each time you begin a new stitch.
Feel free to use any three colors that you like for your blanket! The possibilities are endless and Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick offers many, many colors.

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

(Grab the kit available from Lion Brand Yarn HERE with yarn and pattern)

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

Pattern Notes:

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:

k -knit

p – purl

st – stitch

sts – stitches

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

CC – change colors

Pattern Instructions

With Oatmeal, cast on 84 sts.

Beginning Garter Section

Rows 1 – 22 K each st across the row.

CC Fisherman

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.

CC Moonlight

Stockinette Section

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.



If you liked this, you might also like:

Winter Cuddler Throw Pattern HERE

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

Winterland Three Stitch Blanket

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  1. Hi! This looks wonderful!! Been looking @ all your knitted afghan!! Some are beyond me but this one is great. I have a couple of questions.

    1. I bought wool/yarn on sale 4/218yrds. Has floating colours to it from Mary Maxim. You seem to like multiple colours changes which normal I do too but could this afghan be one no charging colours?

    2. Size 15 needles : I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and can’t use that size needle. My hands won’t function. I can use size 13. How much of a difference is it? Want keep the same size.

    Thanks. I really look forward to your emails and what’s new!! Happy New Year!! Keep safe!

  2. I love this and really want to make it – can you tell me what yarn I can use instead of wool. I realize the colors might be slightly different, but I am allergic to wool so I am looking to substitute it. Thanks so much

  3. I’m finding this size needles sold out and hard to find at this time, but have my yarn and am eager to start. Is there another size needle you would recommend to keep the blanket as close in size and design as possible?
    Thank you!

  4. Just love the pattern and really want to make but the moonlight yarn seems to be sold out would you have any recommendations for a substitute? Thanks a bunch!! 🙂

    1. If they have “Fossil” in stock, that would look amazing! Otherwise, you could go a little more stripey and try a grey or the color Wheat. Hope you find one you like to sub!

    2. The “Wheat” color option would work as well, in my opinion! Also Fossil, if you can find it anywhere. Lastly, any contrasting color that you like will do. 🙂 Hope you find one you’re happy with!

  5. Love this afghan. Could I make it a little bigger with the same amount of yarn or would I have to get 2 skeins of each colour?

    1. Hi Carole! You would have to purchase more yarn. As it’s written, you will use all the yarn up!

  6. My question is why on the second seed stitch section it tells you to end on the wrong side row?? Is that the only time, thank you

  7. I love your patterns and am on my third one!! I love switching up the stitches and using the bigger yarn and needles. Makes you feel like you accomplished something.
    But–why does Lion Brand have different size skeins in different countries? Ours are 140 g in Canada so significantly smaller. So frustrating when you’re trying to purchase enough for a project! But not your issue, I am glad you put the total amount used so we can figure out exactly what we need. Thanks for all the beautiful blanket patterns!!

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