Since we moved into our house 2 years ago, my daughter wanted a knitted blanket. Our new house is indeed very old (built in 1900’s) and it’s colder than in the flat we’d lived in, which was much older (1850’s!) but heated also by your neighbors.
But a blanket is huge and means lots of time and work. Like all of you, I want to knit many things in winter – often much more than what I can -, and I selfishly avoided saying Yes last season.
But this winter, we had a couple of cold waves from Northern Europe and I had to admit that she needed a blanket.
So I got drawing blankets. I first imagined a blanket with equal-sized color squares, like a patchwork, but joined seamlessly, – first in a very ordinary yet safe white-blue-grey combo, then in a much brighter white-blue-grey-coral-mustard one. Playing with the last combination, I also drew a blanket with squares of various sizes, and it’s this version she chose in spite of my strong “recommendation” for the patchwork version!
So I needed to calculate all the numbers of rows and stitches between the edges and squares and draw a blueprint, and this is why I’m offering you the pattern 🙂
As I had no idea about the yardage for a blanket, I based on Kex Blanket by Mr. West, which requires 2600 meters, and I hopefully supposed that as it’s mostly in garter stitch, mine in Stockinette stitch would need less. I prepared 26 balls of Nepal from Drops (75 meters/82 yds per ball x 26 = 1950 m / 2132 yds!), 18 of which are white ones.
So I knitted, knitted…
… knitted… and run out of white yarn!
The blanket is to sleep with, but it has turned out to be a good throw on our (worn) sofa 🙂 It’s squishy and I regret each night when my daughter takes it back to her bedroom.
The blanket pattern is available here on my site, free of course!