Cottage Christmas Blanket

Designer Ann McDonald Kelly

Finished Size 38" wide by 50" long.

Yarn HiKoo SimpliWorsted (55% merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 140 yd [128 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #053 burgundy (A), 6 balls; #654 49 shades of gray (B), 5 balls; #008 natural olive (C), 4 balls; and #062 caramel macchiato (D), 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Skacel.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 2 circulars (cir), 29" or longer.

Notions One size 8 (5 mm) double-pointed needle (dpn) for three-needle BO; tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 32 rows = 4" in garter st.

The Cottage Christmas Blanket is a study in garter stitch: its ridges move vertically, horizontally, and diagonally to create the quiltlike tree shape. The blocks are joined as you work.

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