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The HandKnit Color Blocked Afghan

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An easy tutorial to make your own handmade knits. This modern Color Blocked Afghan Blanket Throw uses a simple garter stitch & is great for beginners!

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.




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!knitting

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.greenstripeAnd continue changing colors till you have all 5 stripes of color knitted.garter_stitchalldoneTa- 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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  1. It looks super comfy and the blocks of color look great.
    I still have a bunch of old yard here, I should try something like that.

  2. Gorgeous! I love the color block design.

  3. Sarah

    How many stitches did you end up casting on for your blanket?

    1. Smitha

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for asking this. A few other of my friends have enquired about how to make this too so I am in the process of writing up a pattern for it and it should be up in my Etsy store this week.

      Thanks for reading my blog!


    2. Pamela Harasym

      Hi, thank you for the patterns. Nice to have something quick and easy to knit.
      I cannot guess how many stitches to cast on! please advise for child, single or double adult throw how many stitches you suggest. thank you
      Pamela Harasym

      1. Smitha

        Hi Pamela! I have this throw in an adult size and that pattern with gauge and stitches to cast on is available in my etsy store. Unfortunately I haven’t tried out this in a child’s size yet.

  4. Julia

    Can’t wait for needle size and cast on stitches in pattern to start my blanket, Thanks!

    1. Smitha

      Hi Julia! I just uploaded the pattern to my etsy store here–> https://www.etsy.com/listing/232686314/diy-knitting-pattern-easy-beginner?ref=shop_home_active_1

      Thank you for following my blog!


  5. Nola

    Cast on as wide as the blanket you want – making it even or odd – doesn’t really matter. What matters are the colors and the width of your colors – very individual. Just make it fun. You could even add a simple cable going down the middle. My circular needle is a 50″ – comes out gorgeous!

    1. Smitha

      I Love the cable idea Nola!

  6. I just finished a blanket like that and am working on another one for my grandmother. I used staight needles and super bilky yarn though the.

  7. Barb Hood

    Chat a great way to use up your stash and relax, just knit. Ordered the needle from Amazon, going to start when it comes.

    1. Smitha

      Yay! I’m sure you will enjoy knitting it 😉

  8. Very nice i would like make a square purl and knit .

  9. sts/inch…if you want 40 inches wide = 2.5 X 40 = 100 sts to cast on.

    1. Diane

      Thanks, that’s a good start

  10. maureen powell

    I make garter stitch blankets all the time, so far this year I have made about 18 in various sizes ranging from cot to double bed size. I just love it. I only make for friends and family. cast on 40 sts knit 50 rows in your choice of colours, in strips of 7 blocks, you can vary to your own requirements.

  11. Monica

    Hi Smitha! Could you tell me how much yarn I will need to make this blanket if I were to make it about 50 inches wide, 65 inches long? I’m a beginner and I don’t know how to work this out.

    1. Smitha

      I would suggest you make a gauge sample. Knit a swatch of say 10 stitches by 10 rows and then you will be able to estimate the number of stitches you will need to 50 inches wide. Hope this helps!

  12. Hi i was wanting to know i don’t have the size 17 needles you say to use. Would it be just as good to use US 10 size circular needles.

    1. Smitha

      A size ten needle would be too small to knit with two strands of bulky yarn.

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