I’m sharing a colorful Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern that is easy to make with an unique texture/stitch.
For my Rainbow knit Blanket Pattern, I wanted a nice chunky blanket, that was quick to knit but yet had some kind of texture to it. With my previous Handknit Color Blocked Afghan, I had used a garter stitch already, and with the Yarn stash busting knit blanket, I had used a stockinette stitch. I really was in the mood to try something new, and not the same old stitches again. But it had to be an easy mindless knitting, not needing a pattern on hand all the time.
So, I ended up making my own pattern/stitch.
See how I got this texture using the Slant Stich by clicking the video box below or To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE
My Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern uses 12 different colors of yarn: 2 pinks, 2 yellows, 2 oranges, 2 greens, 2 blues and 2 purple shades. All of the exact yarn colors I used are listed below in the supplies. But keep in mind that you can modify this to suit your style- you can use only Lion Brand Hometown USA yarns or only Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns.
The main reason I mixed and matched these yarns – I had a few of each in my stash which I wanted to use up. But also, I was unable to find all the gradient of colors I wanted in just one brand of yarn.
To achieve the same gauge with two different yarns- whenever using the thinner Vanna’s Choice yarn through out the blanket I doubled up the yarn- that is held two strands of yarn from two different skeins together as one.
If you were to knit this blanket using just one yarn, I would recommend the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in just these 6 colors- Minneapolis Purple, Detroit Blue, Oklahoma green, Syracuse Orange, Las Vegas Gold (or Pittsburgh yellow perhaps ) and Honolulu Pink. You will probably need 2 skeins of each color and you will have some spare yarn left over.
The texture you see below is the Slant stitch in action- with a S1, M1 and then PSSO the 2 stitches (watch the video!)
This blanket made me smile the whole time I was knitting it. Every time I opened a new skein of yarn, it was like opening a gift. Now that it is done, I kinda miss its companionship, but my daughters are so THRILLED to have it. Oh gosh, their smiles will stay in my memory forever.
- If you were to make this blanket using different colors of just Vanna’s choice yarn, you would probably need just 2 skeins of each color to make the entire 60 inch length. I have plenty of this yarn left over from this blanket, which I will be reusing of course, to make a scarf I think (but who knows?)
- While knitting with the Vanna’s Choice Yarn, hold two strands of yarn (from two skeins) together as one while knitting. With the Hometown yarn, there is no need to double up the yarn, it is naturally bulky.
- If you haven’t tried amazon.com for you yarn purchases- I highly recommend it! I found most of the Lion Brand yarns reasonably priced there and they often have sales/deals. If you are a Amazon Prime member, even better! With free Prime shipping, I’ve had a skein of yarn shipped to my doorstep for under $3.50. No driving in the winter with a pre schooler looking for yarn anymore 😉
For a printable version of this Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern, simply click on the download button below and it will then open a pdf in a new window browser and you can print directly from there. Or you can then right click and select “Save as” to save it on your computer.
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