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

121 Responses to cozy striped blanket

  1. Hi Jamie,

    I didn’t have a bad side. I ended up just switching yarn whenever I ran out of the current color. Some rows were multicolored, but I usually had enough for 1.5-2 full rows. I kind of liked the way it looked with inconsistent stripes, but really I just did it that way because it was easier! Hope that helps.

  2. Thank you, it does help! I tried practicing on a swatch and found switching to a new color to be a bit clumsy since the rows start with slipped stitches – any advice here? I figured I would get around it by using the new color to purl the last stitch on the previous row (switching mid-row like you mentioned would also work) but if you have any other suggestions for how to start a new color on a new row, I would appreciate it!

    Also, my swatch did show a ridge on the “wrong side” when I switched colors, but I guess that’s somewhat unavoidable with garter stitch? I’m sure it won’t look as messy when the project is larger/I’m working with the colors I intend to use. Thanks again!

  3. It is kind of hard to switch at the beginning unless you tie the two yarn colors together to switch or I like the idea of trying the last stick on the previous row.

    There is a “wrong side” with the ridges since it’s garter stitch. I kind of liked how it ended up looking in the larger size of the blanket.

  4. I love this blanket! My only questions are the following— I am unfamiliar to the brand of cotton you recommended, how many ounces in a skein or how many yards? Also, do you just knit with the double yarn I understand but till the skein runs out? Or change whenever you decide? I am anxious to get it going, will be a fun winter project by the fire.

  5. Glad you like it! The yarn I used has 50g per skein (

    I knit with the double yarn until a color ran out and then attached the the color. Alternatively, you can change colors at the end or beginning of a row or whenever you decide. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but my rows were uneven widths since I just changed colors when I ran out of yarn, but I kind of liked the overall effect this had on the final blanket.

  6. I made this blanket as a wedding present for my daughter, using the yarn you suggested. It’s beautiful, and the texture is very nice, but apparently it sheds! Leaves bits of colored yarn all over the couch, enough to require extra vacuuming and to be a problem. Has anyone else noticed this, and do you have any suggestions about how to deal with it? Thanks!

  7. Hi Laurie,

    I forgot about how my blanket shed a little when I first made it. I put mine in the wash (the yarn is machine washable) and and then it stopped shedding. Hopefully that helps!


  8. Any special tips about washing it? Is machine washing on gentle cycle ok, or does it have to be hand washed?

  9. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I thought it was my pattern!I have knitted up at least 6 blankets that are so similar, over the last few months and given away 4 to good friends as gifts! Just love it!

  10. U d said size 11 circular needs…what length of the needle did u use? 24″,32″,36″? Thanks! I’m learning and wa don’t sure?

  11. Hi Barbara, I didn’t do an i-cord cast off, but you could if you prefer the look. I just loosely cast off in a normal cast off.

  12. I love to make things with left over yarn and found out if you do seed stitch on the first row after changing the color that it tends to blend them together and not create a right and wrong side. I have not used cotton for a throw and look forward to trying this one. Thanks

  13. Hello.
    What would be the amount of us yards/ skeins for each color if making for a baby? Thanks!!

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