Updated: Mar 11
Quick & Easy Bulky Blanket Pattern
More of a recipe than a pattern this blanket is super easy to knit up & quick too!
The Across State Lines Blanket is knit in a bulky weight yarn in three different colors. The stitch pattern, known as the Andalusian Stitch, consists of 4 easy to remember rows, making this the perfect mindless knitting project. Highly adaptable to your preferences, knit one up as written or modify it to suit your needs. Some tips on how to do that will follow the details below.
Finished size: 56" x 70"
Guage 10 stitches x 12 rows over 4" in pattern
US size 13 (9 mm) knitting needles 36" circulars or whatever accommodates stitches comfortably.
Any Bulky weight yarn will do! You will need ~327 yards per color for a 3 colored version or ~981 total yardage.
The sample I knit uses Charisma by Loops & Threads in Off White, Mustard & Charcoal
3.5 oz/100 g
109 yd / 100 m per ball
Cast on 124 stitches with the first color. Follow pattern below until all yarn is used. Continue in this manner with colors two & three. Bind off, weave in your ends & enjoy!
(RS) Knit across
*K1, P1 repeat from * across
Thats it! Super easy! This pattern is easy to follow but is a little more interesting to knit up than plain stockinette.
The pattern also gives you a little more texture making it great for a squishy, cozy generous sized throw!
So, you are probably wondering why I named it Across State Lines. Well, last summer we moved across the country from Virginia to Texas. We took several days & camped in our fifth wheel along the way. I am always, always knitting & I wanted a pattern that I could easily pick up and put down if we made stops along the way, or while sitting at the campsite, etc. Across State Lines was the perfect pattern for this!
Once you get going, you can easily pick up where you left off & you don't need to constantly have instructions to fuss with. So, since we crossed over several state lines on our journey, it gave me the perfect name!
As I said, this pattern is basically just a starting point for what you want to see in your finished throw. There are many modifications you can do to make it yours.
Change the size easily by adding or subtracting stitches 2 at a time.
Add a border. I like the way it looks when it is just the pattern stitch, but feel free to add a border and edge stitch if you prefer the look.
Change the color. Obviously, you can knit this in any color combo you want, but when it comes to color there are so many options! Knit in one color or pick two and knit large chunks or divide it up into stripes! Maybe even knit it in a rainbow of colors! Seriously, the options are many!
I hope this inspires you to be creative & knit up a throw that you will enjoy for many years to come!