Anywhere I went to work on this--Binky Patrol, knit night, the doctor's waiting room--everyone oohed and ahhed over the colors, and then they just HAD to feel the softness of the yarn (especially because I kept saying how soft it is), and then they oohed and ahhed over that too.
So here's the free pattern:
COLOR CONVERGENCE© 2013 Reyna Thera Lorele
This is an EASY pattern--if you can knit and purl, you can make this blanket.
Plus, you can change colors without having to weave in endless ends. (Let there be rejoicing!)
I chose the Marble because the colors are gorgeous and because I planned to donate this blanket to charity. It's machine washable and 100% acrylic, but this is not your garden variety acrylic. It is lofty and super soft.
It also self-stripes, so when you use two contrasting colors, you get lovely color changes as you knit along.
36 inches by 36 inches
1 ball (341 yards) James C. Brett Marble Chunky, for color A (I used #MC34, the purple)
1 ball (341 yards) James C. Brett Marble Chunky, for color B (I used #MC32, aqua and lavender)
3 sts per inch
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
R = right
L = left
Note: To catch the different colored yarns and carry them up the side, hold the first color in your R hand, and the next color in your L hand. Insert R needle as if to knit a stitch, but don't knit yet! Wrap the first color yarn counter-clockwise around the R needle. Then wrap the new color yarn counter-clockwise around the same needle. Now unwrap the R-hand yarn, and knit the stitch with the L-hand yarn. See photos below for tutorial.
With color A, CO 111 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Row 1: k across.
Row 2: k 3, p across, k 3.
Change color and repeat rows 1 and 2. Continue repeating rows 1 and 2, changing color every two rows. I did 37 "double repeats" of 2 rows of Color A and 2 rows of Color B.
With Color A, do rows 1 and 2 of pattern once more.
Knit 4 rows with Color A. Bind off loosely. Weave in VERY FEW ENDS! Yippee! Block and donate, give as a gift, or snuggle with it yourself!
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|Color B on left, previous color A on right|
|Insert R needle into first st|
|Wrap color A around R needle...|
|Don't knit the stitch yet!|
|Grab color B|
|Wrap it counterclockwise|
|Unwrap color A|
|Color A is now caught under color B|
|Let go of color A|
|Knit stitch with color B|
|Take stitch off L needle|
Proceed to knit as normal with color B.
I finished the blanket pictured above with a reverse half double crochet on the sides, using color A, but it really doesn't need it. Here is what the edges look like with no crochet border:
|Front, side edge|
|Back, side edge|
I hope you enjoy my first free pattern of the New Year. More to come!
If you like this one, you might also like these inexpensive patterns:
The Amazing Ribble Blanket
and the adorable Tuck Me In blanket.
Here's my attempt at uploading a slide show of the above tutorial. Not sure if it will work. Feedback appreciated!