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Bella Vita Easy Knit Blanket Beginner Knitting Pattern

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The Bella Vita Blanket is an easy knitting pattern with a beautiful result. Knitted with a wool blend superbulky yarn this throw makes a gorgeous wedding blanket for that special couple.

If you’re looking for a handmade housewarming gift the Bella Vita Knit Blanket works up quickly and you can customize the colors to suit the home.

The Bella Vita Blanket is knitted with simple stitches. Any level knitter can feel confident knitting this easy blanket. The texture of the main section is created with a combination knits and purls.

After I knitted Sophia’s Blanket it quickly became a family favorite in our home. Everyone loves snuggling up under it when we read or watch tv. I knew I needed to design more easy knit blankets.

Then our friends got engaged and I knew something special was in order. A gorgeous, knit heirloom blanket would make a wonderful wedding gift.

What better way to bless the happily wedded couple than with a cozy throw blanket full of handmade love.

picture of Bella vita easy blanket beginner knitting in cream yarn on blue chair

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The Yarn

Knitting with Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick is a joy. This #6 superbulky yarn knits up so fast. The blend of wool and acrylic creates my favorite yarn to squish.

The range of colors in this yarn makes it a great choice for giftable blankets. Customize your color scheme or choose neutrals. Everything looks amazing and luxurious in Wool Ease Thick & Quick.

Substitutions

You can definitely substitute another yarn in though. Some other #6 superbulky yarns I can recommend are Paintbox Simply Super Chunky and Lion Brand Hometown.

Both of these yarns are 100% acrylic. Which means they’re easy to care for-machine washable and dryer friendly. They also come in a variety of colors, and the cost is affordable.

More Yarn Love

I love this Mama+Mini Ear Warmer by Shanice at Crochetastic Boutique. It features this squishy WET&Q yarn. Plus I’m a sucker for mama and baby matching sets.

Looking for more easy knits? The Lana Knit Cardigan is a total beginner knitting pattern. It’s an easy 4 row repeat.

Construction

The Bella Vita Blanket begins with a simple seed stitch border. Once the border is wide enough the main section is a simple 4 row repeat. Each row will start and end with the seed stitch border. When the blanket is knitted to length, finish with the final seed stitch border.

picture of folded cream Bella vita knit blanket

Knitting Needles

If you are looking for a good set of interchangeable knitting needles I love my Knitter’s Pride Ginger Set. They come with cables, end caps and 13 sets of needles. This deluxe set comes with a gorgeous case that includes a pen and magnets to hold your pattern/notes.

One of my favorite things about this set of knitting needles is that it comes with the large sizes. The Knitter’s Pride Ginger Set comes with needle sizes 3.25mm through 12mm. Not all sets include those larger needles, so this one is perfect for all the chunky knits.

Materials

Notes

  1. As written border edges are 3” around
  2. Main pattern is a stitch multiple of 4 + 3

Stitches/Abbreviations

CO-cast on

K-Knit

P-Purl

PM-place marker

SM-slip marker

BO-bind off

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

4″ x 4″ = 7 sts x 12 rows in main pattern 

Level

beginner

Finished Dimensions

54” x 50” 

Fit/Adjustment

Blanket WidthCast On StitchesEst. Yarn Yardage
36″63424
45″79530
54″99636
66″115742
If also making a longer blanket, more yarn will be required.

To cast on a different size blanket, you’ll want to use a stitch multiple of four. For example 24, 28, 32… 100, 104, etc. Then you’ll add 3 more stitches. So 24+3=27, or 100+3=103, and so forth. 

Using the gauge provided. If I wanted to start with a small baby blanket size of 36,” then I would cast on 63 sts (63-3=60, which divides evenly by 4). If I wanted a larger 66” blanket then I would cast on 115 sts (115-3=112; 112/4=28). 

If you are changing the size of your blanket and the number of border stitches, first calculate your blanket width using the stitch multiple. Then adjust your border stitch count. 

To adjust the number of border edge stitches, keep them in twos. So you can easily have 8 border sts on either end or 10, etc. The pattern is written with the specific border stitch counts included, so you’ll have to make/remember to adjust for that. Using the stitch markers to define your border will help you there. Also keep in mind to adjust the number of border rows you start and finish with to match your border edge width.

Pattern

Pattern is written for pictured 54″ x 50″ size, see chart for other sizes.

CO 99

Beginning Border Edge

Row 1. K1, *{P1, K1} rep from * across the row. (99 sts)

Rows 2-9. Rep Row 1 for 3”

Main Section

Row 10. (RS) *{K1, P1} rep from * 2x more, pm, K1, **{P1, K3} rep from ** to last 8 sts, P1, K1, pm, *{P1, K1} rep from * 2x more. (6 edge sts, 87 main sts, 6 edge sts=99 sts)

Row 11. (WS) *{K1, P1} rep from * 2x more, sm, P to last 6 sts, sm, *{P1, K1} rep from * 2x. (99 sts)

Row 12. *{K1, P1} rep * 2x more, sm, *{k3, P1} rep * to 3 sts before marker, K3, sm, *{P1, K1} rep 2x more. 

Row 13. *{K1, P1} rep * 2x more, P to marker, sm, *{P1, K1} rep * 2x more.

picture of cream Bella vita knit blanket on circular kitting needles

Repeat

Rows 14-141. Rep Rows 10-13. If lengthening your blanket, end after a Row 13 repeat.

Final Border Edge

(last 9 rows) Remove markers as you come to them.

Rows 142. K1 *{P1, K1} rep from * across row.

Row 143-150.  Rep last row til you have 9 rows total or edge =3”

BO in pattern, will be on WS.

Finishing

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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