Hello friends! This Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern is SO easy to make and has a unique texture/stitch. I hope you enjoy creating one for yourself!
I wanted to create a new knitted blanket, but needed to be a simple quick knit yet had some kind of texture to it.
With my previous Garter Stitch Blanket, I had used an easy stitch. I really was in the mood to try something new and not the same old stitches again. But it had to be easy mindless knitting, not needing a pattern on hand all the time.
So, I ended up making my own pattern/stitch. And I love how this Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern turned out!
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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
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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
My Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern uses 12 different colors of yarn (photographed above are only 8 skeins- the purples and oranges are not seen): I used a mix of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarns and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns
I used ONE skein each of these Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn colors: Minneapolis Purple, Detroit Blue, Oklahoma green, Syracuse Orange, Las Vegas Gold (or Pittsburgh yellow perhaps) Atlanta Apricot and Honolulu Pink.
I used TWO skeins each (double strand knitting- I’ll explain more below) of these Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn colors: Pink | Silver Blue | Dusty Green | Purple | Honey |
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.
Rainbow Knit Blanket PATTERN TUTORIAL:
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 above in the supplies. But keep in mind that you can modify this to suit your style and the yarns you want to use. you can use only Lion Brand Hometown USA yarns or only Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns.
For the number of stitches to cast on, the gauge, the measurements and needle size- scroll to the bottom of this post and find the “download here” button.
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. Hold two strands of yarn from two different skeins together as one. This is a great way to use up your stash!
If you wish to knit this blanket using just one yarn, I would recommend the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn. These colors would look nice: 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 (for a total of 12 skeins) and you might 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 my Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern is done, I kinda miss its companionship, but my daughters are so THRILLED to have it. Oh my gosh, their smiles will stay in my memory forever.
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- 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 leftover 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. So use only a single strand of yarn.
- If you haven’t tried amazon.com for your 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 an 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 preschooler looking for yarn anymore 😉
Printable Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern pdf
Click here for the printable pdf of this Rainbow Knit Blanket Pattern, simply click on the download button below. 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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Looks amazing!!! Wish I knew knitting 🙂
It’s not that difficult to learn knitting. What’s difficult is not spending money and hoarding yarn 😉
I agree about hoarding yarn. I’m going to die in a tangle of unfinished projects 🙂 I love the colors you used for this blanket. They’re so cozy, while remaining hip. Pinned it!
Thanks for pinning it Jess! I’m trying to focus this year- start a project and finish it. No multiple knitting projects in various stages in bags all around the house. It helped that this blanket was colorful and kept me interested 😉
Love your pattern! Colors are pretty! Thank you for the pattern I’m going to make one!
Have fun knitting!!
Love the bright colors and the textured stitch. Perfect for cheering up the grey, grey days we’ve had lately. Thanks for the pattern!
Thank you Pam! Color makes me happy too!
Wow, that is such a lovely blanket!
Hi, I make blankets for refugee babies that have nothing. Even better when I can make a quickie. Thank you and I love your colors and stitch.
Perfect timing for this pattern! I will use it for a boy’s graduation gift in masculine colors. I love the texture of your Smitha stitch! Thank you.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy knitting it 🙂
It is beautiful! I am just beginning to knit, and I love this pattern. How many skeins of the Lion Brand Hometown would be required for a single color blanket? Thank you
For this size, you would need about 10-12 skeins I would think
Hai dear! I am about to start this project but can I use a long needle instead of a circular one?
I have tried the circular one but I have no idea why is it being loose? Thanks.
You can use straight needles- but I’m not sure if all the stitches will fit on the needle? If it does, go for it!
I just made it on straigh needles. It was a little crowded but not to bad I didn’t want to buy new needles
Not sure if I’m missing this in the pattern, but did you do a K1 on the edges of all the rows as a selvage edge, or only on the slant rows? I[‘m excited to start this! =D
I knit one on the slant row, the other rows I actually slip the first stitch knitwise as selvage edge. I think i might have missed mentioning that in the pattern. Thanks for asking!
Thank you for answering so quickly! Gonna get started now!
Enjoy!!! Starting a new project is my favorite phase 💕
Hi Smitha, I am going to try and knit the aftghan for my 5 yr old grandaughter. I know she will love all the colours. She is about 42 nches tall so will cover her well. Is it hard to work with two balls of wool at the same time to make it thicker. Dont they get tangled? Never tried the slant stitch . Good to try different things.
It’s easy to knit with two strands. If u are unsure, you can wind two skeins into one first before knitting. Glad you liked the pattern!
Can you make the demo a bit slower? Or at least show the make1 stitch one step at a time? I tried doing it just looking at the video several times, but I am just a beginner, and could not follow. Thanks.
Sorry the video is a bit fast. This is my first knitting video! I’ll try making a slower one next time!
Love the pattern. Can I use a smaller size needles.
Yes, but you will need to cast on more stitches
I love the pattern. I’m about to start the project soon. I was just wondering if I can use smaller needles.