- contemporary blanket,
Prepare for those cosy summer evenings on the patio or barbecues in the garden with this knitted triangle motif throw, inspired by modern Scandinavian design. This stylish project is a great way to hone your colourwork skills, and don’t worry about trying to achieve neat sides as the applied i-cord trim tidies up any unsightly edges.
14 x 50g ball of Rico Essentials Big in Light Grey (yarn A),
14 balls in Cream (yarn B) and 2 balls in Pistachio (yarn C)
10mm circular knitting needle,
100cm long Pair of 10mm double-pointed
11 sts x 14 rows
10cm x 10cm stocking stitch colour pattern
- 109 x 132cm (excluding edging)
When working from the pattern chart, read from right to left on knit (oddnumbered) rows and from left to right on purl (even-numbered) rows. To switch to another colour, drop the working yarn and change to the second colour. Strand the colour not in use loosely across the wrong side of the work until it is needed again – this creates ‘floats’ on the wrong side. Avoid pulling the floats too tight as the stitches will pucker at each colour change. When floats need to span more than five or six stitches, as on one, four, five and eight of the chart, twist the yarn not in use over the working yarn half way along the section, and continue in the current colour.
TO MAKE THE BODY OF THE THROW
Cast on 120 sts in A, using circular needle. Work back and forth in rows from the colour chart as follows:
Chart Row 1 (RS): *K7 in A, K1 in B; rep from * to end.
Chart Row 2: P2 in B, *P5 in A, P3 in B; rep from * to last 6 sts, ending with P5 in A, P1 in B. The previous two rows set the position of the chart. Cont in st st, working from the chart until all 8 rows of the chart have been completed. Repeat chart Rows 1–8 until your work measures 132cm from cast-on edge, finishing on chart Row 4 or 8. Cast off.
TO MAKE THE I-CORD EDGING
Cast on 4 sts in C, using a doublepointed needle and the single thumb cast-on method. Wrap the working yarn around your left thumb from front to back and secure it in your palm with your other fingers. Insert the needle upwards through the strand on your thumb. Slip this loop from your thumb onto the needle, pulling the yarn to tighten it. Slide the 4 sts to the right end of the needle and using a second double-pointed needle, work as follows:
- Row 1: Pass working yarn behind sts and pulling yarn tight on the first st, K3, sl 1, yo, pick up and knit 1 st from blanket edge (6 sts), pass 4th and 5th sts on right needle together over 6th stitch, as if casting off (4 sts), slide sts to the right end of needle so that working yarn is coming from the left. Repeat last row all around the throw until you reach first picked up stitch. Cast off.
Cut off yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Using the yarn tail, sew the ends of the edging together with a basic whip stitch. Weave in any stray yarn ends.
To set the stitches and smooth the edges of the blanket so it lies flat, block it with a steam iron. Lay the blanket on a flat surface with a towel underneath. Hold the iron a few centimetres above the knitting and move it slowly over a small section at a time, patting the stitches gently to encourage the process. Pay particular attention to the outside edges.