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.
(One place you can get the yarn, btw, is The Yarn Attic.)
And 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!