Knit by Bit: cotton heart blanket square knitting pattern
Spring is here, summer is coming, but the nights are still cool enough to need a light blanket. This blanket square knitting pattern will get you making baby blankets and throws left and right!
Sometimes, we all want to make something that has a quick reward. When I feel like that, I turn to blanket squares – they have a fast reward of finishing a square, and an even better reward of joining them all together to make a blanket when you’ve made all you can stand. These squares knit up faster than your average square using this chunky weight cotton, and the colors mesh together beautifully. You can make 16 for a baby blanket, or double that for a medium sized throw for your sofa or the beach.
One pair of 4.5mm (US 7) single pointed needles
I used the following shades of this super soft, bulky weight yarn: Melon, Lime, Medium Grey, Candy Pink, Turquoise, and Mint. These shades can all mix together and look really amazing no matter how you mix them – they would make a great baby blanket or throw for your couch. Each set of yarn will make a baby blanket, I advise to buy 2 sets for a small throw and three for a large one. (Knit for less and buy this yarn in the Rico sale, valid from today until Friday May 27th!)
Prepare your materials
Since these squares are knitted with an intarsia motif, you will need to split each ball of yarn into two equal balls. This makes the process much easier, neater, and more organized. Pulling from the outside and inside of the ball will likely end in tangles and frustration – so take the time to prepare your yarn to make the knitting process more relaxing and fun.
Cast on 17 stitches with color A.
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: K1. *P1, K1* to last 2 stitches, P1, K1. (This is the basis for the broken rib textured border.)
Row 3: Knit all stitches.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Start the inner border
Row 5: K3, join color B. Knit 11 in color B, and pick up the second ball of color A to knit the last 3 stitches.
Row 6: With color A, K1, P1, K1. With color B, P11 stitches. K1, P1, K1 in color A to finish the row.
Row 7: From until row 16, just follow the chart below. On odd numbered rows, knit all stitches. On even numbered rows, K1, P1, K1 for the first three and last three stitches to maintain the broken rib texture border.
Finishing the square
Row 17: Knit all stitches with color A – you’ll just be using this color for the next 4 rows.
Row 18: Repeat Row 2.
Row 19: Repeat row 17
Row 20: Repeat row 2.
Tips on intarsia
When working with the intarsia technique, it’s important to wrap the stitches every time you change a color to prevent holes forming in the work. To do this, wrap the new color around the old color before you continue knitting.
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Last updated: June 16th, 2016.