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Sophia’s Blanket an Easy Beginner Knitting Pattern

Sophia’s Blanket is soft, squishy and comfy for the whole family. This easy, beginner knitting blanket will ensure many snuggles together while watching a favorite movie or sharing a book.

This is the most coveted throw blanket in our household. I hope it is for yours too.

The kids have quickly learned that our cat, Sophia will come sit with them if they are under a blanket. They relish the triumph of Sophia choosing them. So it was no surprise when they discovered which blanket she truly preferred.

We currently have two crochet throws and one knit throw. Sophia chooses the knit blanket every time, so I had to name it for her.

picture of blue knit blanket corner

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This knit blanket is an easy, beginning knitter project. I’ve linked up tutorials and added some notes for those of you who are brand spanking new to knitting.

While this was my very first started knit project, it was not my first completed knit project. Because blankets.

So I might not recommend it for a first, but it’s definitely a good second project if you have the patience for blankets.

Also if you’re very new to knitting I might also recommend one of the lighter colored yarns. The navy blue of River Run is gorgeous, but it is dark so new knitters might have trouble seeing the stitches.

If you’re set on a dark color just be sure you have excellent lighting, it helps so much. I use my Ottlite Desklamp when I yarn in the evenings, I love it.

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Materials

  • 9 balls (106 yds ea) of Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick* a #6 super bulky weight yarn in River Run, for pictured 52″ x 48″ size; estimated yarn for more sizes below.
  • Baby 36”/91cm x 45”/114cm approximately: 636yds/582m
  • Sm Throw 52”/132cm x 48”/121cm approximately: 954yds/872m (blanket pictured)
  • Lg Throw 60”/152cm x 72”/183cm approximately: 1650yds/1508m
  • Twin 66”/168cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 2269yds/2075m
  • Full 80”/203cm  x 90”/229cm approximately: 2750yds/2514m
  • Queen 90”/229cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 3094yds/2829m
  • King 108”/274cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 3713yds/3395m
  • US Size 15/10mm needles with 40” cables*
  • Yarn needle*
  • Measuring tape*
  • Scissors*
  • Optional Stitch Markers*

Join a New Ball of Yarn Video

picture of chunky yarn with text how to join a new ball of yarn in knitting

Notes

  1. Pattern is worked flat.
  2. Border is worked in garter sts (k both sides), main section is worked in stockinette (k rs, p ws).
  3. Border is 4”/10cm wide around all four sides.
  4. Click on the links below for beginner tutorials.
picture of easy beginner knitting blanket in chunky blue yarn

Stitches/Skills/Abbreviations

BO-bind off

CO-cast on

K-knit

P-purl

RS-right side

WS-Wrong Side

Helpful Knitting Videos

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to Join a New Ball of Yarn Video.

Gauge

 Based on garter sts (k both sides).

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 10 sts x 16 rows

Finished dimensions=52”/132cm x 48”/121cm

picture of blue chunky knit blanket easy garter stitch edge

Adjustments

 To knit a larger or smaller blanket you can easily cast on more or less stitches. Based on the given gauge, for every 10 sts you add or subtract your blanket will gain or lose about 4”/10cm of width.

To create a longer or shorter blanket, just work more or less stockinette rows, reserving the last 4”/10cm for the garter stitch border.

To modify the border size you can also work more/less garter rows to start/finish and more/less garter stitches on the edges. Any changes will effect the amount of yarn needed so  plan accordingly.

You can also knit one ball of yarn for your bottom border that you start with and reserve one ball for your ending border and work the main section (which includes the side borders) with the rest of the yarn you have.

Cast On For Common Blanket Widths

36″/91cm-CO 69

48″/121cm-CO 92

52″/132cm-CO 100 (blanket pictured here)

60″/152cm-CO 119

66″/168cm-CO 127

80″/203cm-CO 153

90″/229cm-CO 173

108″/274cm-CO 208

picture of chunky blanket knitting work in progress

Knit Blanket Pattern

Picture of blue chunky knit blanket

How to Knit the Sophia Blanket

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $85

Sophia’s Blanket is soft, squishy and comfy for the whole family. This easy, beginner knitting blanket will ensure many snuggles together while watching a favorite movie or sharing a book.

Materials

  • 9 balls (106 yds ea) of Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick* a #6 super bulky weight yarn in River Run, for pictured 52" x 48" size; estimated yarn for more sizes below.
  • Baby 36”/91cm x 45”/114cm approximately: 636yds/582m
  • Sm Throw 52”/132cm x 48”/121cm approximately: 954yds/872m (blanket pictured)
  • Lg Throw 60”/152cm x 72”/183cm approximately: 1650yds/1508m
  • Twin 66”/168cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 2269yds/2075m
  • Full 80”/203cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 2750yds/2514m
  • Queen 90”/229cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 3094yds/2829m
  • King 108”/274cm x 90”/229cm approximately: 3713yds/3395m

Tools

  • US Size 15/10mm needles with 40” cables. or needles needed to meet gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional Stitch Markers

Instructions

CO 100, or number for your size
Border

    1. Row 1. K all.
    2. Rows 2-16. Rep Row 1 or until you have 4”/10cm.

Main Section

    1. Row 17. (RS) K all.
    2. Row 18. (WS) K first 10 sts, P all sts til last 10 sts, K last 10 sts.
    3. Rows 19-130. Rep last 2 rows until you have 40”/102cm of stockinette. If you’re knitting a longer blanket, keep knitting and reserve the last 4″/10cm of your desired length for the border.

Border

    1. (Last 4"/10cm) Rows 131-146. K all.
    2. Bo.
    3. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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