Here it is, my pattern for the Easy One Row Handspun Blanket de la Harlot!
My friend Bibo is a nurse at the Miami VA Hospital and my knitting
group, the Sweet Stitchin Betties, is on the case! We're making lap blankets and hats for veterans there.
I decided I needed a lap blanket pattern that wouldn't drive me crazy with boredom but also was easy enough that I could take it to work on at knit night or while zoning out with Inspector Barnaby (Yes, I'm addicted to Midsomer Murders!)
So here's what I came up with. Try it! Especially for a needy charity!
The Yarn Harlot made this stitch famous with her fabulous free pattern for the One Row Handspun Scarf. Everything about that pattern translates really well into a blanket. The pattern is easy to memorize, looks great, and is reversible. It also isn't too "lacy" which can be a problem for charity blankets. This would also make a great pattern to use for charity pet blankets. Last but not least, suitable for knitters of all skill levels!
I got a pound of Bernat Softee Chunky for 4 bucks at AC Moore (when your husband has been laid off for the last 3 months, that's about all I can squeeze for yarn these days. And before you worry, he's gotten a new job, which we are happy about. It's black days for chefs in this economy!) On the plus side, the yarn is really soft, in cheerful colors, and machine washable, a MUST for the VA and most domestic charity knitting requirements.
The pattern is a basic 4 stitch pattern, so you can adjust the size of your blanket by adding or subtracting stitches by 4.
Needles: Size 10 circulars, 29 inches long (or as needed for the size of
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky (I'm using the color "Carnival")
CO 120 stitches.
Row 1: *knit 2, knit into the back of the next stitch, purl 1.
Repeat this row until blanket is desired size. Bind off in pattern! Donate to a good cause.
Here's mine in progress: