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Easy Beginner Blanket Knitting Pattern in Worsted Weight

Learn how to knit an easy blanket for beginners. This free blanket knitting pattern works up in worsted weight yarn and is easy to customize your colors.

I love the subtle color shifts of the sliver and lavender stripes. We enjoy getting cozy in handmade knit blankets around here and this one fits the bill!

This blanket is such an easy knit. It’s great to work on when you want to watch the kids play, watch some T.V. or, my favorite, listen to an audiobook.

Silver and lavender knit blanket draped on blue bed with white pillows.
The drape in this knit just begs to be snuggled up in.

The Yarn

The worsted weight yarn I chose for this blanket pattern is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran. I love that LoveCrafts does the 5-10 ball bundles. That means you can get plenty of affordable yarn to knit blankets!

I chose the colors Dusty Rose and Misty Grey. The colors contrast enough to be distinct, but they also blend in a way I didn’t expect.

Purple and silver knitted blanket draped on chair in front of cream curtain.

I chose to make the stripes about 5″ tall. You can, of course, customize your stripes. This would be beautiful in a solid color as well!

Lavender and grey striped knitted blanket pattern on wood floor.

I find the larger stripes really give these blankets a modern appeal. Plus it’s fewer ends, if I’m not striping every couple of inches!

This knit blanket pattern includes 7 sizes for Baby (Toddler, Throw, Lg Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, King). See the chart for more details.


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Materials

  • Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100g, 201 yd/184m) color a misty grey: 4 (5, 8, 11, 14, 20, 25 skeins) and color b dusty rose: 4 (4, 8, 9, 14, 20, 25 skeins), or comparable #4 medium worsted weight yarn. See chart below for yardage by size.
  • 4.5mm (US Size 7) needles with 32″-40″ cable.
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
Work in progress of grey and lavender knit blanket on wood floor.
I love how the crochet cast on makes a neat edge that matches by bind off row.

Notes

  1. This blanket is knit flat in back and forth rows on cable needles.
  2. You can use any cast on method you are comfortable with for this blanket. I am a fan of the crochet cast on, especially for large projects like blankets. The long tail cast on is popular with knitters, but estimating can be tricky. The short tail cast on is quick and easy, but not the easiest to knit into.

Stitches/Abbreviations

bo-bind off

co-cast on

k-knit

sl-slip

st(s)-stitch(es)

Tutorials

If you need to see how to do a sl 1 or slip one then start with this tutorial.

Check out this tutorial for help on how to change colors in knitting garter stitch with a slip 1 to start.

Gauge

4″/10cm x 4″/10cm = 18 sts x 34 rows in garter stitch

Skill Level

Beginner

Finished Dimensions

Toddler size is pictured at 45″/ 102cm long x 40″/115cm wide. See sizing below for more sizes.

US Sizing Chart in inches/yd

For

Baby

Toddler

Throw

Lg Throw

Twin

Full/Queen

King

Width

36″

40″

50″

60″

70″

90″

90″

Cast On

162

180

225

270

315

405

486

Length

40″

45″

60″

65″

90″

90″

110″

Est. Yarn

1608yd

1809yd

3216yd

4020yd

6432yd

8040yd

10,050yd

Metric Sizing Chart in cm/m

For

Baby

Toddler

Throw

Lg Throw

Twin

Full/Queen

King

Width

91.4cm

102cm

127cm

152.4cm

177.8cm

228.6cm

228.6cm

Cast On

162

180

225

270

315

405

486

Length

102cm

114.3cm

152.4cm

165cm

228.6cm

228.6cm

279.4cm

Est. Yarn

1471m

1654m

2940m

3676m

5881m

7352m

9190m

How to Divide Yarn for 5″ Alternating Stripes

To follow the striping pattern divide the yarn between two colors.

The Baby (36″) size will have 8 stripes, so divide yarn evenly.

The Toddler (40″) size will have 9 stripes so divide yarn into color a 1005yd/919m and color b 804yd/736m.

The Throw (50″) will have 12 stripes, so divide yarn evenly.

The Lg Throw (60″) size will have 13 stripes, so divide yarn into color a 2211yd/2022m color b 1809yd/1654m.

The Twin (60″) size will have 18 stripes, so divide yarn evenly.

The Full/Queen (90″) size will have 18 stripes, so divide yarn evenly.

The King (90″) size will have 22 stripes, so divide yarn evenly.

Scroll down for the free knit blanket pattern!

Purple and silver knitted blanket draped on chair in front of cream curtain.

Easy Beginner Blanket Knitting Pattern in Worsted Weight

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $30

Learn how to knit an easy blanket for beginners. This free blanket knitting pattern works up in worsted weight yarn and is easy to customize your colors.

Materials

  • 1800 yd/1646m comparable #4 medium worsted weight yarn.
  • Pictured is Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100g, 201 yd/184m) in
  • Color A: misty grey (5 skeins)
  • Color B: dusty rose (4 skeins)

Tools

  • 4.5mm (US Size 7) needles with 32″-40″ cable.
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Instructions

  1. In Color A CO 180
  2. Row 1. Sl 1, K all.
  3. Rep Row 1 for 5"
  4. Change to Color B.
  5. Rep Row 1 for 5"
  6. Change to Color A
  7. Rep Row 1 for 5"
  8. Continue alternating colors for 5" sections for length of blanket.
  9. End with a section of Color A.
  10. BO.
  11. Weave in ends.

Notes

To knit a longer length blanket, continue the one row repeat, changing colors every 5" until desired length is reached. Remember if knitting a longer blanket you will need more yarn.

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