Pattern of the Week: Playful Stripes Blanket

Winter is the best time for knitting big projects. I always look forward to curling up on my couch, feet tucked beneath me, knitting spread over my lap as I watch Parks and Recreation for the millionth time.

The problem with wanting to watch something while knitting is, of course, actually getting to watch the thing. I need knitting projects that are simple enough that I don’t have to be watching them constantly, but interesting enough to keep me knitting. Which is perhaps why the Playful Stripes Blanket by designer Meridith Shepherd first caught my attention.

Knit using a mitered square shape, this straightforward blanket uses colorful garter stitch stripes to break up the stockinette in which the rest of the blanket is knit. The pattern is easily memorized, making this a great blanket to knit while streaming your favorite shows!

This project also offers a great opportunity to play around with color. Pick out soft, wintery hues for a calmer feel, or knit with loud colors for a wild blanket! If you’re in need of color inspiration, check out the myriad projects people have made on Ravelry. Curl up with your favorite tea and let this colorful beauty take shape under your needles!

If you’re looking for something a little bit faster—especially as the holiday season approaches—check out our quick & easy knits sale for some inspiration!

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Pattern Details

playful stripes blanket

All photos by George Boe

FINISHED SIZE About 30 (38)” (76 [96.5] cm) square.

YARN Berroco Weekend [*Affiliate Link] (75% acrylic, 25% cotton; 205 yd [187 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): #5900 Daisy (white; A), 2 (3) skeins; #5926 Clothesline (light blue; B), 1 (2) skein(s); #5910 Cornsilk (yellow; C), 1 (2) skein(s); #5978 Orangesicle (orange; D), 1 skein.

NEEDLES Size U.S. 10 (6 mm): 24″ (60 cm) or longer circular knitting needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch marker; yarn needle.

GAUGE 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

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