cozy striped blanket

free knitting pattern blanket

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!

free knitting pattern blanket

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?

Knitting Pattern: Cozy Striped Blanket


Very easy


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).

Slip the first 2 stitches 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!

free knitting pattern blanket

96 Responses to cozy striped blanket

  1. Made this in purple and a grey/white worsted as a Christmas present for my sister. She loves it! Her significant other also loves it and since I like him, I’ll be making one for him next.

  2. I’m going to start my blanket with my scrap of yarns and see how it comes out. Thanks for the pattern

  3. Hello. I love this blanket and I’m planning on making it. Did your 130 stiches give you the 60″ or the 50″? Thanks!

  4. Hi! I’m a little over half way done knitting this throw. I chose the exact colors that you did and it’s turning out beautiful! My intention was to give it to my sister but my husband wants it so I’ll have to come up with a Plan B for good ole Sis!

    I used the Chinese Waitress cast on because I think it’s so pretty and fun to do. What I didn’t realize was that I was supposed to slip as if to purl the first two stitches. I just slipped ’em as if to knit. But it looks amazing anyway.

    After consideration, I’m thinking of doing another throw using Ivory as the base, then alternating Black, Carrot, Bison and Hawk from the same Knit Pick Comfy collection. After scanning the comments, I don’t see any that ask the question: How well does this launder? Would love an answer to that question before I order more of this yarn.

    Thanks for posting the pattern and pretty pics of the throw! :o)

  5. Tracy, I’m glad it’s going well for you!

    I’ve put my blanket in the washer and dryer a few times and it held up really well. That’s why I really like this yarn–looks great and very durable.

  6. Hi, I started a Blanket for my son he in college & I absolutely Love it too. I did slip stitch as a knit instead of purl. Should I change or stay the same . Thnak you for sharing Theresa

  7. Theresa,
    It doesn’t matter much whether you slip as a knit or a purl. There are small differences, but nothing that I would start over for!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the blanket. I use mine all the time.

  8. This is such a great beginners blanket. Thanks for sharing.
    One question: I can’t find any resources on slipping two stitches. Does that mean you slip the first two one-at-a-time, or together? I’m having a hard time with where the yarn needs to go (forward or backward) after I slip the first stitch. Does that make sense?
    I’m clearly doing something wrong because my edges aren’t getting the nice double braided look your blanket has.
    Any suggestions or links to resources on slipping two stitches would be appreciated.

  9. I don’t want to sound dumb, but I’m really just a beginner. I know how to do straight knitting (garter stitch), but I’ve not tried purling yet. So, my main question is, what do you mean by “slip the first two stitches” and “slip them purl-wise”?
    Can you recommend any pix or video of how this is done?
    I’ve made a couple of scarves and I’m having great fun just mindlessly knitting. I love the color combination in this blanket (I like the idea of one base color to go with the other colors, to make the “heathered” look).
    Thank you.

  10. I don’t want to sound dumb, but I’m really just a beginner. I know how to do straight knitting (garter stitch), but I’ve not tried purling yet. So, my main question is, what do you mean by “slip the first two stitches” and “slip them purl-wise”?
    Can you recommend any pix or video of how this is done?
    I’ve made a couple of scarves and I’m having great fun just mindlessly knitting. I love the color combination in this blanket (I like the idea of one base color to go with the other colors, to make the “heathered” look).
    Thank you.

  11. Marj,
    I don’t know of any links off the top of my head, but you could just look on YouTube or Google how to slip a stitch. It basically means that you slip the stitch from one needle to the next without knitting or purling through it. And purl-wise means that you slip the stitch with your needle as if you were going to purl it.

    Hope you enjoy knitting it!

  12. I love your patterns but it is you helpful comments that are really special. You are so patient. In the days of hurry, hurry, hurry you make slowing down such a pleasure !

  13. Thanks Susan!

    I don’t always get to comments right away, but do my best to answer questions in a timely manner. I’m glad you enjoy the site!

  14. Hi please I’m a new begginer in loom knitting or even in crocheting please I looked everywhere to find a video that will go very very slow on how to make a blanket by using a round loom. Please I would love to learn. Thank you .

  15. i would like to make this as a wedding gift. Do I have to use all these colors, or can I use one color? Also what do you mean by using two strands at the same time? I am a beginner, so I am still learning the lingo.

  16. Sorry another question…..
    Do you slip 2 stitches, knit 126, and purl last two stitches for every row until you reach your length? Are the slipped stitches ever knitted or purled?

  17. I’m new to knitting. I’m going to attempt to make a blanket simular to this. I have a really dumb question….how long should the tail be for a project like this?

  18. Denise, you don’t really need a tail of any length for this blanket. Just cast on so that you get the right number of stitches and then weave in the tail / ends at the end.

  19. Sandy, you can use whatever colors you’d like. It can certainly be done all in one color or with two colors throughout. When I say use 2 strands at the same time, it means that you’re always knitting with two skeins of yarn. You just hold both strands and knit from them at the same time. It’s a way of doubling the weight of the blanket. If you want the blanket to be all one color, it might look nice to use two different colors of yarns for each of the 2 strands.

    And for your second question, yes…you slip 2 stitches, knit 126 and the purl the last for every row. You don’t need to knit or purl the stitches that you slip.

    Hope that helps!

  20. Do you need to bind off the edge? I don’t see mention of that. I am new to knitting. It is turning out beautifully &will be very warm

  21. Wow, this looks amazing, I am looking to start knitting as a new hobby and have a few questions:
    1.are circular needles essential? do you change colour stripes?
    3 how do you do the edge?
    4 why is your website so addictive?
    Thanks so much

  22. Hi Daisy,
    Circular needles aren’t required, but it would be really hard to fit all the stitches onto straight needles. Circular needles are helpful for keeping more stitches on the needle and I usually prefer them.

    For changing colors, I cut off the old one, started with the new color and then weaved in all the ends at the end.

    Not sure what you mean about the edge? There are slip stitches on each long end and the other edges are created by casting on and off.

    I’m glad you like the site!!

  23. Debbie,
    I don’t know the sizing for Australian needles, but maybe you can look it up online or on Ravelry. Sorry I can’t help!


  24. Lindsay,

    When you use circular needles do you just knit as usual it just allows more room for all the stitches?
    My experience with circular needles is they are used for items that you don’t want to seam at the end of the project.

    Also, When knitting with two yarns, is it the same as usual knitting just holding two strings instead of the normal one?


  25. Dana,
    Yes, you just knit as you normally would. Circular needles can be used for things like hats and gloves when you want to knit in the round and connect the stitches together. However, you can do “straight” knitting as well and turn the work as you would with straight needles. It’s much easier for holding a large number of stitches on the needles.

    And yes, when knitting with two yarns, it’s the same as knitting with one yarn.

  26. I also have some ‘beginner’ questions: Do you recommending casting on with only one color yarn (silver sage in your example) and then adding the second yarn in the next row, or is the cast on also with the yarn doubled? With the yarn doubled throughout the pattern, aren’t you really knitting 2 stitches together throughout the pattern with the doubled yarn?

  27. Scott,
    You need to cast on and knit with 2 strands and treat them throughout as if they are one strand. You aren’t knitting the stitches for each color separately. With each stitch, make sure to pick up both strands and knit at once.

    Hope that helps!

  28. How do you knit an I-cord and how to you attach it to the ends of the blanket. Thanks so much.

  29. Pat, the i-cord edge is what you get by slipping the first 2 stitches and purling the last 2 of every row. You don’t need to do anything else besides follow the instructions to get the i-cord and you don’t have to attach anything. The entire blanket is made in one piece.

  30. Another beginner here…
    I just joined the prayer blanket ministry and I’m relatively new to knitting; I only make dish clothes (or did before my son was born). The blankets they make are 3’x3′. How many stitches do I cast on for this size blanket? Thanks!

  31. Hi Martha,
    It would really depend on the type of yarn you’re using and the size of needles. You’ll have to adjust depending on those factors, so I can’t tell you how many stitches you would need. I’d go according to the gauge on the yarn you’re using. This is a really flexible pattern, so you can cast on as many as you need to get the desired width and just keep knitting until it’s at the right length.


  32. What length cable do you recommend for this project for the size 11 circular needle? Is 36″ long enough? Thanks!

  33. Is the size of the needle an American size. When I transpose it to mm it is a 3mm which is quite small. Thank you

  34. Hi Lindsay,

    I’m having some trouble…. after completing the first row and slipping the first 2 stitches of the second i seem to be joining the ends together. How do I fix that problem?

  35. Dear Lindsey, My GranddaughTet who I is leavn( soon to college in Chicago just found tHis websiTe on Etsy. She loves your coat striped afgHan. My questions is can. You mix differenT weight yarns? best wishes, Inaq

  36. Hi Ina, I think you could mix different weights of yarn without any difficulties on this. It would have a slightly less even look, but it should still work!

  37. Hi Nyle, I’m not sure how the ends are getting joined together. You should just turn the work after finishing the first row (same as you would when knitting with straight needles). Make sure you aren’t just going on and knitting in a circle, but actually turning the work after finishing each row. Hope that helps! Lindsay

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