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

Skill

Very easy

Materials

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

Size

My blanket is 60 inches by 50 inches. It’s not too big, but keeps me warm and is perfect for the couch.

Instructions

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

67 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.
    Thanks!
    Sara

  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!
    Lindsay

  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!

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