Are you a beginner knitter that wants something simple yet interesting? Or are you a seasoned knitter that just needs an easy to knit pattern while you zone out or binge Netflix?
The Color Block blanket is the perfect knit! Simple stockinette stitch is easy to do & allows the beauty of the yarn to be front and center.
Flipping through a magazine years ago I came across an ad that featured a skinny strip of knitting showcasing a rainbow of colors and I immediately thought that would make an amazing blanket. I chose to knit the sample in 9 colors, the darkest grey getting lighter to cream, then back to a deep dark brown. I think the results are stunning!
Lace, cables & textured stiches can be great, but they have nothing on stockinette stitch knit in a remarkable yarn! This is a perfect project to showcase your favorite yarn and colors, and let them take center stage. I chose to use Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn for this project. The line has an impressive array of colors to choose from when you want a graduated look like this. The stitch definition is amazing & the resulting fabric is warm & cozy!
17in x 24in (43.18cm x 60.96cm) in stockinette stitch
What you will need
2 skeins each of nine different colors or approx. 220 yards each in a worsted weight yarn.
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the following colors
US 7 (4.5mm) 32" circular needle or large enough to accommodate stitches comfortably
48in x 60in (121.92cm x 152.4cm)
This is more of a formula than a pattern & its so simple that I give you the details below. The pattern is easily customizable. It would be beautiful in almost any yarn weight, and you can use as many or as few colors as you want. If you would like a printable PDF you can download it here.
Starting with your first color, and size 7 needles cast on 200 stitches
Knit 8 rows in garter stitch (knit every row)
9th row: (WS) Knit 5 stitches purl across to last 5 stitches, knit last 5 stitches
10th row: (RS) Knit across
Repeat these 2 rows keeping the established 5 stitch garter stitch edge
Knit with each color until you use it up then switch to next color. Each color will produce an approx. 7" stripe. You may switch yarn in the middle of the row, but try to only do that on a (RS)right side row so its not noticeable otherwise switch colors at the start of a new row.
When your last color block measures 6" start the garter stitch border. Knit every row for the next 8 rows.
Bind off & weave in your ends.
That's it! You have a beautiful & cozy color blocked blanket. Pick your favorite movie & cuddle up on the couch to enjoy!