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

129 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!!

  14. Thank you – I love the pattern and am getting ready to order the yarn. You indicated that each ball of yarn covers 1.5 to 2 rows. The pictures show that each block of color is many more than just 2 rows. How did you achieve such big blocks with only 3 balls of yarn in each color?

  15. I am not sure if this has been addressed by I love this pattern and I am making it for my son. But I wanted to know what row did you switch from your main color to your contesting Color and back etc.

  16. I am just wondering in what row did change from your main color to contrast and back etc. Love the pattern and making it for my son.

  17. I love this blanket and can’t wait to make it. My circular needles are a little bigger than size 11. I’m not sure what they are but probably 9 or 10 millimeter. Do you think this will work if I add maybe four more balls of the silver color and then one each of the rest of the colors?

    Sorry for the all caps. I just had to take out several hours worth of work because I slipped the wrong direction. The devil’s in the details, and such details are very important to include in patterns. Here’s hoping my mistake will help someone else avoid making the same mistake.
    Back to work.
    On a far more positive note, I LOVE the blanket and the yarn choice. This project is lovely to work with! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Peeked back at comments, and I feel I should clarify…
    The I-cord edge is made not by slipping the first two sets as if to purl, but as if to knit.

    Slipping purlwise gives the “knotted,” purled edging someone else was complaining about.

    Slipping knitwise gives the clean, smooth, knitted edge shown in the photos.

    Pattern should read:
    “Slip the first 2 stitches knitwise, knit 126 stitches, purl the last 2 stitches. Repeat until done!”

  20. In re to Mindy Rosenthal and others, after completing a few stripes, and just attaching a new skein when one runs out as described in the pattern, each skein set gives on average 20-22 rows of work at between 4-5″ per stripe.

  21. Lindsay, a bit of constructive… not criticism… advice?… You may want to go through the comments and update the pattern post to answer people’s most common questions. It’s a lovely pattern, but there’s a few things missing from the instructions. (I’m an experienced knitter and I’ve had a couple issues.)

    Obviously, indicating to slip knitwise, and possibly explaining how the I-cord is formed for those who’ve never done one before would be helpful… Basically, the last stitches are purled so that when you slip them knitwise (after turning your work) and then begin knitting again, those are knitted stitches on the side facing you which are then pulled around the end of your work. If you slip them purlwise, the edge ends up lumpy. (I know, redundant given my previous comments.)

    I think you should also be sure to indicate the order you used your colors in. I’ve got over a third of my blanket done to discover going off the pictures and your yarn list, I’d swapped the carrot and honey dew colors. By no means a big deal, but numbering the colors is fairly typical for patterns. I’d also suggest adding the 32″ length of the circ needles as well as that US 11 are 8mm since lots of people have asked.

    The only other thing that came to mind while reading through all the comments was that I used a knitted cast on (a cable cast on would work the same). I’ve taken to using that instead of long tail CO for anything larger than like 60 stitches because you don’t have to try and estimate the right length of tail to get the right number of stitches. You just make your slip knot, knit into it and pull that new stitch around to place it on your needle (see YouTube for instructional videos). Then repeat in that new stitch, and the next, etc. It can be a bit slower, but you’ll never have a tail too short or too long. :)

    Lastly, I think next time I might try an I-cord cast on (if there is such a thing) and bind off (as another commenter mentioned). Then the whole blanket would be bordered. :)

    I hope this is helpful. And again, I don’t wish to criticize at all… Your pattern is beautiful, and I just want to help you make your pattern easier for future visitors to read.

    Happy knitting! :)

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