I love the cooler temperatures, the chance to pull out sweatshirts, fall foods (butternut squash, pumpkin pesto), football (how ’bout those Denver Broncos?) and rediscovering sweaters, boots and coats. Does anyone else out there feel like they regain 75% of their wardrobe when the weather cools down? Maybe it’s just me since I live in Colorado, but I always get tired of my summer wardrobe.
As summer was winding down, I started thinking about my next knitting project. Instead of baby clothes and blankets, I decided to make something cozy and warm for my apartment. When I started this blanket, it was hot and I could hardly knit without the AC on. But I finished it just in time. We’re expecting our first winter storm tonight and some snow in Denver!
This blanket is easy to knit mindlessly. It knits up really quickly. And it’s perfect if you have a bunch of odd skeins lying around that you need to use up. I cleaned out my yarn collection when I moved this summer, so I bought 24 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted Yarn (Cotton). It’s soft, machine washable and warm. What else could you ask for?
*Just as a note, I didn’t number the colors I used since this pattern is meant to be flexible. I switched to a new color whenever I ran out, but you could switch at the row ends for a more even look. I’ve answered a variety of comments below and you can read there for more tips from others who have made the pattern.
Knitting Pattern: Cozy Striped Blanket
I used the materials listed below, but the beauty of a blanket like this is that you can use any type of yarn. The amount you use will depend on how big you want your final product to be.?
2,640 yard of yarn (I used Comfy Worsted Yarn – 12 skeins of Silver Sage, 3 each of Planetarium, Honey Dew, Hawk, and Carrot)
size 11 circular needles
My blanket is 60 inches by 50 inches. It’s not too big, but keeps me warm and is perfect for the couch.
You’ll always be knitting with two strands of yarn. I used one base color throughout and changed the contrasting color.
The blanket is simply garter stitch (all knit) with an I-cord edge.
Cast on 130 stitches (or more or less). You can use any cast on method, but knitted or cable cast on work well here.?
Slip the first 2 stitches (as if to knit) Knit 126 stitches. Purl the last 2 stitches. [repeat until done!]
I attached the new yarn as the old skeins ran out so my rows are a little uneven. But that just adds to the charm.
Hopefully I’ll remember to close my balcony and windows tonight…last week I woke up and could see my breath inside!