This afghan is comfy, chunky, colorful and it’s the right size for two people to cuddle in. This afghan (or is it blanket?) let me combine two of my loves; yarn + color. I wanted a simple pattern, but vibrant colors and this handmade knit blanket is what I came up with.
Handmade knits make an absolutely wonderful gift for someone near and dear. If you haven’t ever knit before, its not as difficult as you think and I have an older blog post here that will walk you through the steps and help you learn to knit.
- Circular knitting needle- US size 17 (12.5mm). I used the Loops and Threads brand that I bought at a local Michaels Store
- Yarn- I used ten skeins of the Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn here. You can choose to use any yarn you have.
The whole blanket is knit using two strands of yarn held together as one.
Cast on the number of stitches you need. This will depend on how large your finished blanket needs to be. For the needle size I used and the bulky yarn I chose it was approximately 2.5 stitches for each inch. Once you finish casting on, there is only one this to do- Knit!
Since this blanket is stitched in garter stitch, we just knit each and every row. There is a lot of knitting that goes into this blanket. This is not a 10 minute project or a one day project. This blanket is a work of love. For me, knitting is a bit like therapy so I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It’s relaxing. I love ending my day with my knitting bag and some TV.
Change colors when you reach about 1/5th of the required finished length of the blanket. Big chunky stripes are what we are looking to make.And continue changing colors till you have all 5 stripes of color knitted.Ta- da!!! A little part of me can’t believe I finished knitting this blanket in one season itself! But it was so much fun to knit I already miss having this project to reach for. I need to start planning my next blanket now. Let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas to share.
Click here for a printable version of this Handknit Color Blocked Afghan
Details of the yarns/colors used in my blanket: lime green colored yarn- Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, Solid in color “Grass” , sage colored yarn – Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, Solid in color “Fern” , beige colored yarn – Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, Solid in color “Soft Taupe” , Ochre colored yarn – Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, Solid in color “Gold” , dark blue colored yarn- Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, Solid in color “Navy Blue”
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